modifier to return all kernel visible threads when filtering by process ID, process group, TTY, user ID, and real user ID
The number of processes found is returned in the reference parameter cnt. The processes are returned as a contiguous array of kinfo_proc structures. This memory is locally allocated, and subsequent calls to kvm_getprocs and kvm_close will overwrite this storage.
The kvm_getargv function returns a null-terminated argument vector that corresponds to the command line arguments passed to process indicated by p. Most likely, these arguments correspond to the values passed to exec(3) on process creation. This information is, however, deliberately under control of the process itself. Note that the original command name can be found, unaltered, in the p_comm field of the process structure returned by kvm_getprocs.
The nchr argument indicates the maximum number of characters, including null bytes, to use in building the strings. If this amount is exceeded, the string causing the overflow is truncated and the partial result is returned. This is handy for programs like ps(1) and w(1) that print only a one line summary of a command and should not copy out large amounts of text only to ignore it. If nchr is zero, no limit is imposed and all argument strings are returned in their entirety.
The memory allocated to the argv pointers and string storage is owned by the kvm library. Subsequent kvm_getprocs and kvm_close(3) calls will clobber this storage.
The kvm_getenvv function is similar to kvm_getargv but returns the vector of environment strings. This data is also alterable by the process.