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Title: Purpose of /proc/thread-self?
ID: /2018/08/23/Purpose-of-_proc_thread-self_
Created: August 23, 2018
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I’m fairly new to Linux OS programming world. I’m working on a project to control Intel CPU (turbo boost, hyper threading, min & max scaling frequencies to solve problems for other users). Whilst investigating /proc/stat for CPU utilization I stumbled across this:

$ ll /proc/thread-self
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 0 Aug 22 04:26 /proc/thread-self -> 9389/task/9389/

$ ll /proc/self
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 0 Aug 22 04:26 /proc/self -> 29420/

$ ll /proc/self
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 0 Aug 22 04:26 /proc/self -> 29636/

$ ll /proc/thread-self
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 0 Aug 22 04:26 /proc/thread-self -> 30021/task/30021/

thread-self and self are constantly changing every time you list the symbolic links with ll. The date and time remain at the last boot time though.

I did a little digging and found this email chain in 2014:

This patchset implements /proc/thread-self a magic symlink that solves
a couple of problems.

…. further down the email says:

  proc: Have net show up under /proc/<tgid>/task/<tid>  
  proc: Implement /proc/thread-self to point at the directory of the current thread  
  proc: Point /proc/net at /proc/thread-self/net instead of /proc/self/net  
  proc: Point /proc/mounts at /proc/thread-self/mounts instead of /proc/self/mounts  

How dp the symbolic link(s) work? Or how do we use them for meaningful analysis/display of what Linux is doing? Or are they simply meaningless and to be ignored as “fluff”?

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