The procfs library is organized by packages based on whether the gathered data is coming from /proc, /sys, or both. Each package contains an
FS type which represents the path to either /proc, /sys, or both. For example, cpu statistics are gathered from
/proc/stat and are available via the root procfs package. First, the proc filesystem mount point is initialized, and then the stat information is read.
fs, err := procfs.NewFS("/proc") stats, err := fs.Stat()
Some sub-packages such as
blockdevice, require access to both the proc and sys filesystems.
fs, err := blockdevice.NewFS("/proc", "/sys") stats, err := fs.ProcDiskstats()
The packages in this project are organized according to (1) whether the data comes from the
/sys filesystem and (2) the type of information being retrieved. For example, most process information can be gathered from the functions in the root
procfs package. Information about block devices such as disk drives is available in the
The procfs library is intended to be built as part of another application, so there are no distributable binaries.
However, most of the API includes unit tests which can be run with
The procfs library includes a set of test fixtures which include many example files from the
/sys filesystems. These fixtures are included as a ttar file which is extracted automatically during testing. To add/update the test fixtures, first ensure the
fixtures directory is up to date by removing the existing directory and then extracting the ttar file using
make fixtures/.unpacked or just
rm -rf fixtures make test
Next, make the required changes to the extracted files in the
fixtures directory. When the changes are complete, run
make update_fixtures to create a new
fixtures.ttar file based on the updated
fixtures directory. And finally, verify the changes using
git diff fixtures.ttar.