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ps is a command for printing information about running processes

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Calculating CPU time of process in RHEL 5.3

For a process management,I would need to remove a process that exceeds a certain amount of CPU time, for example 1 hour.In PS command ,it has TIME parameter shows the total CPU time of a process .So ...
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What does `init [2]` mean in the COMMAND column of ps?

Reading What do the brackets around processes mean? I understand that the executable name is printed. Linux ps man page: Sometimes the process args will be unavailable; when this happens, ps will ...
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For the results of either ps aux or ps -ef, how do I just find the commands with brackets?

So I get the results of root 2 0 0 Jan18 ? 00:00:00 [kthreadd] root 3 2 0 Jan18 ? 00:00:23 [ksoftirqd/0] root 4 2 0 Jan18 ? 00:00:00 ...
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How do I print the process name next to the process ID number in a file?

I'm redirecting results for something into a file and I also need to find the process name and ID number and redirect it to the file as well. I'm guessing the process name is the command in which I'm ...
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How do I tell `ps` to use all available columns?

To specify columns, I can use ps's -o option: ps -o pid,cmd How can I tell ps to output all of its available columns?
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What does the “interruptible sleep” state indicate?

I had Firefox running on a Parted Magic LiveCD, then (possibly) as a result of a key combination I don't recall, it quickly vanished from screen and Task Bar/Window List. However: ps ax | grep ...
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Command line options of rackup are not shown in ps output or procfs

As you know if you wish to get command-line runtime arguments for running command you can parse ps -e or /proc/<pid>/cmdline. But I have encountered issue when this method returns only command ...
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process id and killing process - ps commmand

Please see the output of below ps command: abc@smaug:~/Desktop$ ps ax | grep firefox 2213 ? Sl 2:01 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox 2644 pts/0 S+ 0:00 grep --color=auto firefox Please ...
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Difference between top and ps output

I have seen What is the difference between ps and top command? but I think my question is unrelated. My system is Lubuntu 13.04. I run top in one lxterminal window and ps -eo %c%C --sort -%cpu | head ...
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ps: full command is too long

Good day! I use 'ps' to see command that starts process. The issue is that command is too long and 'ps' does not show it entirely. Example: I use command 'ps -p 2755 | less' and have following ...
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ps output differs when run from command line and from script

I have to create list of PID's of the running processes. Here is the script ps echo "fields are " ps | cut -d' ' -f1 ps is showing PID TTY TIME CMD 2168 pts/4 00:00:00 sh 2177 ...
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Enumerating\writing files in a specific directory hangs the command

I'm communicating with a machine remotely through ssh. This machine runs a custom-built Linux and it has very limited set of commands. At some point, a specific directory refuses files to be written ...
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How does ps know to hide passwords?

Witness: $ ps f PID TTY STAT TIME COMMAND 31509 pts/3 Ss 0:01 -bash 27266 pts/3 S+ 0:00 \_ mysql -uroot -p 25210 pts/10 Ss+ 0:00 /bin/bash 24444 pts/4 Ss 0:00 ...
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How is it possible to sort ps command's CPU field?

I'm trying to make a small command that will find the processes that use the most CPU power. Firstly, I use ps aux > file.txt and then cut -c 16-20 file.txt | sort -n | tail -5. The result I get ...
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What is the meaning of ps process names printed in [] such as [cgroup]? [duplicate]

when I do a command such as ps -aux on CentOS 6 I get a bunch of processes whos command is listed in [] as shown below. What is the meaning of the [] in the name? I am assuming that these are special ...
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Why can't pgrep find scripts started via env?

For example: $ cat foo.sh #!/usr/bin/env bash while true; do sleep 1 ; done $ ./foo.sh & $ pgrep foo.sh $ Contrast with: $ cat bar.sh #!/bin/bash while true; do sleep 1 ; done $ ./bar.sh & ...
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How to set what field names are displayed in listings?

When I execute a command in Ubuntu, which results in a listing, I get results without the field names. Example is ls -l or ps l. I am not very experienced and always need to go digging through man ...
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How to see process created by specific user in Unix/linux

I want to see list of process created by specific user or group of user in Linux Can I do it using ps command or is there any other command to achieve this?
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Is there a way to select by several conditions in `ps`?

It seems I am missing something blindingly obvious, but still: ps -f -u myuser --ppid 1 Seems to only take a look at parent pid of the process, and returns all the processes that have parent pid of ...
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ps switches to display PID, PPID, PGID, and SID collectively

I tried ps with different kinds of switches e.g. -A, aux, ef, and so forth but I cannot seem to find the right combination of switches that will tell me the Process ID (PID), Parent Process ID (PPID), ...
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How can I automate this manual task of finding a particular ancestor process from a given pid or command?

I know the full command "/bin/child_process" or its pid (3996 in this case) and I'm running ps auxf and then visually identifying its ancestor process /bin/parent_process foobar. root 3227 0.0 ...
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difference between bash, -bash and /bin/bash in ps output [duplicate]

Someone had spawned a while true loop in bash (logged in as root) on a server. It kept spawning processes, which fortunately exited but I needed to kill the parent. I came to know it was spawned ...
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“ps” command doesn't return to prompt

I have this linux box that I need to maintain periodically. To do that, I issue a ps command programmatically and check the running processes. But as shown in the screenshot, sometimes, the ps ...
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init: is it a user thread or a kernel thread?

init is the first task executed after kernel is loaded, right? Then who is its owner. also I can see [swapper/0] [swapper/1] ..... [swapper/7] having pid 0 PID PPID CPU TASK ST %MEM ...
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Terminating a bash shell script running in the background

I often use bash shell scripts to run simple commands for many different files. For example, suppose that I have the following bash shell script, called script.sh, that runs the program/command foo ...
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What is the meaning of this test expression []? [duplicate]

I've seen someone use command: ps -ef | grep [h]ttpd and Output is: apache 25125 31006 0 21:54 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/httpd apache 26869 31006 0 22:04 ? 00:00:00 ...
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UNIX-, BSD-, GNU-options in Linux's ps command. Where are they from? [closed]

In the manual for the ps command on Ubuntu there is this text: This version of ps accepts several kinds of options: 1 UNIX options, which may be grouped and must be preceded by a ...
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Can ps display only non kernel processes on Linux?

How can I ask ps to display only user processes and not kernel threads? See this question to see what I mean...
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AIX why does ps display the process name between square brackets? [duplicate]

On AIX 7 I have a process whose name appears between square brackets in the ps output: PID TTY TIME CMD 7798784 pts/2 0:00 [myproc] 9044154 pts/2 0:00 ps 10485770 pts/2 0:00 ...
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Why the -u flag doesn't work for ps?

I'm executing the following ps command: root@dor-desktop:/home/dor# ps u -t "$(tty)" -u mysql USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND dor 2070 0.0 0.1 22436 ...
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Convert PDF from sRGB color space to CMYK

Does anyone know how I can convert a PDF (or EPS) file from sRGB color space to CMYK color space? My workflow is currently the following: Draw an image with Powerpoint Print via postscript printer ...
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`ps | grep | kill` aborts my script prematurely [duplicate]

I have a Linux computer that I remotely SSH into using plink on a Windows XP machine. I have the Plink program set to execute commands in a script using automated login: plink -ssh [domain name] -l ...
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What is the meaning of “\_” in output of 'ps ef'?

When I executed ps ef command in a linux server, I saw that one of the command starts with \_. For example, \_ /bin/sh /usr/ Could any one please let me know what is the meaning of \_ in this ...
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How to make sure the shell builtin echo is invoked so that its not visible in process list?

Is this going to be visible in the process listing if the below line is executed from a command line or a shell script bash -c "echo $password" or i just need to do echo $password from within ...
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How can I prevent 'grep' from showing up in ps results?

When I search for some process that doesn't exist, e.g. $ ps aux | grep fnord wayne 15745 0.0 0.0 13580 928 pts/6 S+ 03:58 0:00 grep fnord Obviously I ...
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'ps' command hangs

A coworker ran into this issue twice and I don't know what's wrong. His ps command hangs, taking about 25% of the CPU. in_progress=1 sleep 10 while [ "$in_progress" -eq 1 ]; do ...
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Uniquely identifying java processes with same name

I have two java processes which run using the same file name, MyApp.jar (for example). /usr/java/latest/bin/java -jar MyApp.jar These jars exist in different places and use different ...
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How to watch pgrep?

When running a pgrep command with watch it does not only show the actual pgrep output, but also the watch process as well. Example: watch pgrep -lf donothing will show 3 processes, although ...
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ps | grep shows bad output in subshell with jobs running in the background

I am using bash. I have a file named "a2draw" that contains only 1 line: sleep 99999 I start it using this command: bash a2draw & Now, I know and understand the trick with square bracket ...
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What does a “[1]+ Exit 1” response mean?

I ran this command to try and get my python program to run in the background and let me exit the SSH connection I am using: nohup python files.py >> files.log & I then check ps to check ...
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Find all users who have more than N processes and echo them in shell

I'm writing a script in ksh. I need to find all users who have more than N processes and echo them in the shell. N is read from ksh. I know that I should use ps -elf, but how do I parse it, find ...
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Convert ps to pdf by ps2pdf, but the pdf file is not well-behaved

I have a ps file,and converted it to a pdf file using ps2pdf. ps2pdf elden.ps elden.pdf When I open the pdf file in evince, and try to select some text in it using my mouse, the selected content ...
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Elegantly get list of descendant processes

I would like to get a list of all the processes that descend (e.g. children, grand-children, etc) from $pid. This is the simplest way I've come up with: pstree -p $pid | tr "\n" " " |sed "s/[^0-9]/ ...
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Linux : See CPU usage by a process for the last second

vmstat 1 Above will print virtual memory statistics each seconds. It will also show the CPU utilization for last second. I have a web server at hand which runs httpd and MySQL. I need to find how ...
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Elegantly get list of children processes

I would like to get a list of all the processes whose parent is $pid. This is the simplest way I've come up with: pstree -p $pid | tr "\n" " " |sed "s/[^0-9]/ /g" |sed "s/\s\s*/ /g" Is there any ...
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-p and -o comm doesn't work together?

I'm trying to get CPU usage of a process by, ps -p 12990 -o comm=comm,pcpu But that only print the command name (the process does exist), what's wrong with it?
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Why does “kill -9 0” end my console session?

I just wonder why kill -9 0 ends my tty console session? What exactly is PID 0, it is not listed on a ps aux?
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Capture complete process structure/stack

There are a lot of java processes running on the server, generally, we capture the PIDs of the java processes using command 'ps -ef | grep java'. In general, the java processes have a lot of jars in ...
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What does <defunct> mean in the output of ps?

I had issued the ps -ef|grep java command and this is one of the entries that I got : subhrcho 875 803 0 Jan23 pts/5 00:02:27 [java] <defunct> What is <defunct> implying here ? ...
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Please explain this output of ps -ef command?

A part of the output from the ps -ef command is given below : UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD root 1 0 0 2012 ? 00:00:01 init [3] root 2 ...