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I recently learned that I can use top with my keyboard to kill processes (k), show processes for a specific user only (u), etc. But I was wondering if there is a way of selecting processes from the menu without having to manually type their PID (e.g. using C-n and C-p to navigate the list would be ideal)

If top does not let me do this, are there any tools that can help with this task?

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Maybe htop fits the bill. It is a nicer top.

Comparison between htop and top

  • In 'htop' you can scroll the list vertically and horizontally to see all processes and complete command lines.
  • In 'top' you are subject to a delay for each unassigned key you press (especially annoying when multi-key escape sequences are triggered by accident).
  • 'htop' starts faster ('top' seems to collect data for a while before displaying anything).
  • In 'htop' you don't need to type the process number to kill a process, in 'top' you do.
  • In 'htop' you don't need to type the process number or the priority value to renice a process, in 'top' you do.
  • 'htop' supports mouse operation, 'top' doesn't
  • 'top' is older, hence, more used and tested.

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