function::pid2task - Linux


function::pid2task is a powerful command for debugging and tracing live Linux processes. It converts a process ID (PID) into its task_struct pointer, providing a low-level view of the process’s internal data structures. This command is invaluable for kernel developers, system administrators, and anyone interested in understanding the inner workings of Linux processes.


function::pid2task [-h] [-f FIELD] [-c CONFIG] PID


  • -h, –help: Display help information.
  • -f, –field FIELD: Specify the field of the task structure to print. Default: pid.
  • -c, –config CONFIG: Specify a custom configuration file.


Get the task_struct pointer for process 1234:

function::pid2task 1234

Display the state field of the task structure:

function::pid2task -f state 1234

Use a custom configuration file:

function::pid2task -c myconfig.cfg 1234

Common Issues

  • Permission denied: Ensure you have sufficient privileges to access the process information.
  • Invalid PID: Verify that the provided PID is valid.
  • Incorrect field name: The field specified with -f must be a valid member of the task_struct structure.


function::pid2task can be integrated with other tools such as gdb and strace for advanced debugging and tracing scenarios.

Related Commands

  • pidof: Find PIDs of running processes based on name.
  • ps: Display information about running processes.
  • ltrace: Trace library calls made by a process.