procps is a series of command line and full screen utilities that browse
information contained in the proc filesystem that is usually mounted at
/proc. This filesystem is dynamically generated by the kernel to
provide information about the status of entries in its process table.
Most of the binaries are linked to the library that is also
maintained by this project called libprocps.
This is a fork of procps. This fork was started by the maintainers
of Debian, Fedora and openSUSE and assisted by a small group of independent
The aim of the procps fork, which is now the only maintained version of
procps, was to remove the number of distribution-specific patches and
differences between the distributions.
The import occurred in late 2010 and was then followed by a flurry of
patching imports that was held back previously. Eventually the level of
backlogged patches reduced and procps is now actively maintained.