ps is a command for printing information about running processes

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ps shows my mkdir command with a space where I had a slash

I have a script that I ran which seemed to hang during a mkdir command. The command is of the form: mkdir -p /a/b/c/d However, in the ps results, I see: mkdir -p /a/b c/d What could cause this ...
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Is there a way to see which user is logged into the system and has switched with “su”?

There are many person that may have access to the system and use a common user with more grants. How can I see which user is running a command? is there a way to use "ps" for that?
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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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Count the total number of sub-processes (recursively) spawned by a command

How do find the total number of child processes (recursively) spawned by a script? For profiling purposes, it is sometimes important to count the generated sub-processes of command, script, etc. ...
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When was a process started

To know when was a process started, my first guess was to check the time when /proc/<pid>/cmdline was written/modified the last time. ps also shows a START field. I thought both of these ...
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Select lines starting with specific numbers

I have to show the PID, PPID and STATUS of the procceses on the system, but only the ones which PID starts with numbers in the range 5-8. So i tried something like this... ps xao pid,ppid,s | grep ' ...
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What is the difference in CPU utilization between 'ps aux' and 'ps -ef'?

I use Ubuntu 12.04.1 Linux. I see a difference between %CPU and C output format of ps command for a process. It is not clearly noted in the ps man page. Man pages says: CODE HEADER ...
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how to print ps header when using pipe in linux [duplicate]

how to print ps header when using pipe in linux this normal ps output $ ps -ef UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD root 1 0 0 17:00 ? 00:00:02 ...
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Very large values for utime and stime for foo. Is foo still running?

I am running a program foo It has been running for close to 30 days now (even more) Until around 10 days ago (I cannot be very exact) it used 100% of one cpu on my dual core laptop (it was at the ...
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How to get start time for a defunct process on AIX?

When I run the following commands on AIX: 22:root@SERVER:/root # ps -ef | head -1 UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD 22:root@SERVER:/root # ps -ef | grep defunct | head -1 ...
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How does ps get the executable of processes of other users?

When running as non-root, if I try to use readlink(2) on a /proc/<pid>/exe for a process not owned by me I get a permission error. So how then does ps with the -f option, which isn't setuid ...
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Process history in Unix/Linux systems

I know that ps -efl shows running processes on *nix systems. I would like to check history of the (past) processes that have been run on a particular machine, preferably with all the information ps ...
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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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How to find out total memory resource usage with ps?

With ps command I can find out how much memory each program uses: ps -u mertnuhoglu -o pcpu,rss,pid,command Is it possible to find out the sums of each type of resource usage as well, easily?
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Sorting the output of `ps`

I am trying to understand why ps does not behave the way I expect it to. From the man pages, the following command should display ppid and lstart, with items sorted by lstart order. However when I run ...
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In which directory is node running?

In trying to figure out how some application that listens on port 8088 is running, I see that it has PID 15020: $ netstat -ntulp Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address ...
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Why is my second tmux session not shown in ps aux or htop but in tmux list-sessions it is?

I start two new tmux sessions, the session name is variably build from a timestamp. (the commands create a new, detached tmux session, which first changes the directory, lists the content and then ...
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List connected via SSH users [duplicate]

I checked this answer and this option - it is good, but it requires sudo rights. I need that this command may be performed by any user, for this reason I am using next command ps -ef | grep sshd: | ...
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grep for specific process in ps but not the grep command itself [duplicate]

If I want to check if something is running, I do ps aux | grep flamethrower, expecting just to show the processes containing flamethrower in the name. This will always find at least one process, as ...
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Average CPU utilization of a process

I am trying to conduct some experiments for determining what the CPU utilization of my process is. I am familiar with the top and ps commands. Which would be a better solution for getting the average ...
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ps to show only processes that match more than one condition (AND)

According to the ps man page: Except as described below, process selection options are additive. The default selection is discarded, and then the selected processes are added to the set of ...
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Alternative to `pkill` or `pgrep -f` on cygwin?

Suppose I have starting my process like: java -DSOME_STRING -jar foo.jar Then on linux, I can use the following to find or kill this process: pgrep -f SOME_STRING pkill -f SOME_STRING However ...
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Getting transient PID from log into a PS search before it dies

I have a transient prelink process populating our audit log, but we're not sure what the process is. The error log gives us the PID, but it disappears pretty much instantly, as the process finishes ...
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Missing space in `ps` output near EOL

Note the missing space before foo: $ ps wafux | grep foo [....] 21742 0.0 0.0 10688 2296 pts/2 S+ 23:30 0:00 \_ grep --color=autofoo $ echo $COLUMNS 99 Compare with this: ...
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Unable to figure out what hogs my RAM [SOLVED] [closed]

Solution: It was file buffers causing the used RAM that didn't show up in htop. To resolve this issue I used the command sync && echo 3 | sudo tee /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches OP: I have a VM ...
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Using “ps -C java -o pid,user,cmd” Can I reduce the output of cmd?

I am trying to get this command down to just the essential information that I need. In the command cmd comes back with this output... /usr/local/jre1.7.0_51/bin/java -Dwd.tag=boxect ...
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Why does `htop` show more process than `ps`

In ps xf 26395 pts/78 Ss 0:00 \_ bash 27016 pts/78 Sl+ 0:04 | \_ unicorn_rails master -c config/unicorn.rb 27042 pts/78 Sl+ 0:00 | ...
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awk - Group by and sum column values

I have command to list system process by memory usage: ps -A --sort -rss -o comm,pmem Which list a table like COMMAND %MEM firefox 28.2 chrome 5.4 compiz 4.8 ...
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The program pstree and htop showing threads with unique PIDS. How is this possible?

I ran the program pstree -p 31872 which printed the following output: ruby(31872)─┬─{ruby}(31906) └─{ruby}(32372) The man page for pstree says: Child threads of a process ...
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Possibly Compromised - ./brute xml2014 user x08 300?

I have a long list of a process called "./brute xml2014 user x08 300" when I type in "ps aux". What does this mean? Does this mean my server is being used as a DDoS bot? Here's a screenshot of what ...
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Why does “cat /tmp/out1 > /tmp/in2 &” appear as “bash” with the “ps” command?

Consider: mkfifo /tmp/out1 mkfifo /tmp/in2 cat /tmp/out1 > /tmp/in2 & When I run ps it appears as bash in the CMD section. Why?
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How to get whole command line from a process?

How can I get the command arguments or the whole command line from a running process using its process name? For example this process: # ps PID USER TIME COMMAND 1452 root 0:00 ...
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How to extract a key value pair from ps command

I am trying to extract application name from ps command: ps -af -u sas |grep "java"| grep -v "grep" above command produces the following: sas 24431 1 0 Oct10 ? 00:51:08 ...
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Format cputime for ps

I'm trying to write a script that can monitor a process's CPU usage over an interval (to create a graph). So far, this is the command I'm using ps -p $PROCID -o cputime,etimes My only concern is ...
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why “ps -ef -u root -U root” also displays user processes?

ps -ef -u root -U root Also displays processes whose user is not root (the current user). Can someone explain me why ? -u : EUID -U : RUID
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Format ps output without whitespace

I have the following ps command to get particular properties of all the running processes along with some properties: ps --no-headers -exo "uname,ppid,pid,etime,%cpu,%mem,args" I wish to have it ...
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how to close ports with no process attachedto it

how do you close ports if there are not processes attached to it? I used to run an application and they're using this ports previously for some reason the application crashed but if i restart the ...
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Suppress warning from ps -aux on Linux

When I run the ps command i get a warning saying Warning: bad syntax, perhaps a bogus '-'? See /usr/share/doc/procps-3.2.7/FAQ. How do i suppress this warning? Is there some system setting that i ...
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Understanding “vncserver -list” with respect to Xvnc processes

I have a pretty standard setup on a Centos 6.5 VM. I've configured VNC sessions to start at boot per CentOS's wiki VNCSERVERS="1:root 2:moe 3:curly" VNCSERVERARGS[1]="-geometry 640x480" ...
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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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Show top five CPU consuming processes with `ps`

How to show top five CPU consuming processes with ps?
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killall gives me `no process found ` but ps

Could somebody explain to me the difference between kill and killall? Why doesn't killall see what ps shows? # ps aux |grep db2 root 1123 0.0 0.8 841300 33956 pts/1 Sl 11:48 0:00 ...
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How to find the PID of nginx process

I am trying to fix a problem with nginx and think that there is an nginx process running on my machine. When I run this command I get this output. $ ps aux -P | grep nginx 1000 3947 0.0 0.0 ...
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Extract tomcat parameters from ps output

I'm trying to write a little diagnostic tool and one of the functions I want from it is that I want to run is: ps axu | grep tomcat | grep -v grep | awk '{ print $<list of desired fields> }' ...
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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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What is an integer between the square brackets after the command name in ps output? [duplicate]

I have a PC running Debian Wheezy and if I execute ps -o command -p 1 then there is a 2 between the square brackets after the command name for init process: root@vserver:~# ps -o command -p 1 COMMAND ...
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PS: what does “ps -o comm= -p $PPID” do

I have a script which does ps -o comm= -p $PPID. The explanation says this gets the parent process name. From the man page I found out -o means user defined format, comm means command and -p means ...
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Grepping a variable

I've written a simple init script to start and stop a Python script as a service. I have to be explicit about the version of Python I'm running, because this is on a CentOS 5 box with Python 2.4 & ...
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Does pgrep output ever include the parameters supplied to the process?

The snippet below (from an existing script) is used to check the xvfb processes and whether they are listening on a specific port: my_list=`pgrep -u $CurrentUserID -fl Xvfb | grep :${XVFBPORT}` ...
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How to see what processes WERE running?

Is there a chance to get the processes that RAN before my system crash? EDIT What I really want is to see the past processes. My system crashed & I want to know if a specific process was the ...