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Why haven't modern unixes expanded the table? 64k seems small to me.

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Possibly for the same reason why a timestamp is still 32 bit: Because there’s too much cruft around that depends on process IDs being limited to 16 bit.

Hmm, wasn’t there a Linux kernel option that allowed you to use larger PIDs…?

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