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You can use the concept here to back trace any process. This script will find the first ancestor process after init. This would be sshd or telnet or just a getty, etc.
MYPROC=$$ NEXTPROC=$MYPROC while [ $NEXTPROC != 1 ] do MYPROC=$NEXTPROC NEXTPROC=`ps -p $MYPROC -o "ppid=" ` done ps -p $MYPROC -o args=
Fabio Gianotti observed:
Not to be picky, but on my system, the above script returns "/etc/inetd" if you've used either telnet or rlogin , so I changed it slightly: echo $0 `tty` `id` INETPROC=`cat /etc/inetd.pid` MYPROC=$$ NEXTPROC=$MYPROC while [ $NEXTPROC != 1 -a $NEXTPROC != $INETPROC ] do MYPROC=$NEXTPROC NEXTPROC=`ps -p $MYPROC -o "ppid=" ` done ps -p $MYPROC -o args=
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