A command-line system monitor tool that produces a frequently-updated list of processes.

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How to monitor CPU/memory usage of a single process?

I would like to monitor one process's memory / cpu usage in real time. Similar to top but targeted at only one process, preferably with a history graph of some sort.
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How to check which process is using most memory

When I check free in one of Prod server it showing 70% of memory is being used: total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 164923172 141171860 23751312 ...
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How to display `top` results sorted by memory usage in real time?

How can I display the top results in my terminal in real time so that the list is sorted by memory usage?
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Set uid in .toprc file

Instead of running top with the -u flag or the u command inside top, is it possible to set the user in a .toprc file? I tried by saving all settings using the W command, but the user setting does not ...
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What is the meaning of these label in top?

http://linux.about.com/od/commands/l/blcmdl1_top.htm top - 17:05:46 up 7 min, 1 user, load average: 227.48, 89.29, 36.78 Tasks: 1758 total, 25 running, 1555 sleeping, 1 stopped, 177 zombie ...
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Too many kondemand process. How do I turn it off? [duplicate]

If I run top. This is what I see 3158 root 20 0 77088 6660 2728 S 100.0 0.0 16:16.27 cPhulkd - proce 21027 cuntschi 20 0 187m 12m 5616 R 19.0 0.0 0:14.28 php 22363 enterpri 20 0 ...
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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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top not working in batch mode: 'dumb': unknown terminal type

I can't get top (top: procps version 3.2.8) to run in batch mode. root@zenitel063a52:~ top -b 'dumb': unknown terminal type. It will run normally in interactive mode (just when calling top). How ...
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How to display meminfo in megabytes in top?

Sometimes it is not comfortable to see meminfo in kilobytes while you have several gigs of RAM. In Linux it looks like that: And here is how it looks in Mac OS X: Is there a way to display ...
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top -bn1 not giving correct CPU usage

I am logging on to a node which I know has near 100% cpu usage (20 single process jobs using nearly 100% cpu each). When I use top interactively, the first iteration, it gives me about 20% ni and the ...
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Is there any dynamically produced .log file showing up the memory usage on FreeBSD?

I am using FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE and I was just wondering if there is any .log file produced by default from the system because I am using ELK and I want to pass this file to logstash and then ...
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How to get the CPU load by core in percentage?

I want to know CPU load of each core in a percentage. I execute top and then press 1 Output is something like this: %Cpu0 : 0.0 us, 0.3 sy, 0.0 ni, 99.7 id, 0.0 wa, 0.0 hi, 0.0 si, 0.0 st ...
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What does top command in linux stand for?

What does top command in linux stand for ? Is it an abbreviation of something. If so what? I've tried to look around on wikipedia and its home page but there is not information about this.
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monitor multiple pids with top

I want to monitor memory usage for several processes and came up with a command like this: ps aux |grep -e postgres -e unicorn -e nginx|cut -d' ' -f2|for i in $(xargs); do echo $i; done 16112 16113 ...
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Understanding the top command high load average and high CPU idle

DirectAdmin sent me the following top output: This is an automated message notifying you that the 5 minute load average on your system is 179.99. This has exceeded the 10 threshold. One Minute ...
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PBS equivalent of 'top' command: avoid running 'qstat' repeatedly

When I run several jobs on a head node, I like to monitor the progress using the command top. However, when I'm using PBS to run several jobs on a cluster, top will of course not show these jobs, and ...
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Setting the TOPCOLORS environment variable

I don't seem to be able to find any examples on the Internet for this environment variable, which top will apparently read and use to display colours. How would I set this variable correctly so top ...
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How can the RES memory reported for a Java process be higher than the VIRT memory?

I've been monitoring a Java process (Oracle Weblogic) using TOP and have observed that sometimes the following will happen: RES will increase from it's usual stable level of 2,097,152 KB up to ...
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CPU idle is high, but processes are struggling to keep up as if the cpu is under heavy load

My centos is barely usable. Often times the terminal becomes totally unresponsive for several seconds, but that may just be lag from ssh, which would be strange because my server is connected to a ...
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How to interpret busybox “top” output?

I am using BusyBox on a small embedded ARM system. I'm trying to read the "top" output, in particular for the Python process listed. How much real memory is this process using? Also what does VSZ ...
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Why linux uses swap memory when there are still tons of physical memory unused

root@host [/home4/nudenude/public_html/hello/cache]# top -r top: unknown argument 'r' usage: top -hv | -abcHimMsS -d delay -n iterations [-u user | -U user] -p pid [,pid ...] root@host ...
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Is there a valid alternative to top for OpenBSD?

I like very much htop, on GNU/Linux is very nice, I would like a similar software for OpenBSD 5.6. Anyone knows something about that?
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How to make a process invisible to other users?

How could you launch a process and make it invisible to the top command? The process is started by a normal user (not root), and should not be visible to other normal users.
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High %sy in top output, how to debug?

We have 2 identically configured servers and one of them is showing a high %sy while the other does not. This would seem to indicate that the system is busy doing something. Cpu(s): 28.1%us, ...
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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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CPU load and power management (frequency)

question background In my understanding the load value (shown e.g. by top) allows (together with the knowledge how many CPU cores the system has) a very quick assessment which share of the ...
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Programmatically get CPUs 'detailed' usage, like top/htop

htop has a great way to show CPU usage. It shows the activity (usage in %) of each cores, and each core gauge is divided into three parts : blue: low priority processes green: normal processes red: ...
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How do I get the old procps-ng top(1) layout back (pre-3.3.10)?

Since updating to procps-ng 3.3.10 my top(1) looks like this: Instead of: Not only are these colours annoying & offensive, I can't get it to sort as the "old" top(1) (O no longer works, and ...
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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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How to interpret numerous processes with exact same RAM usage [duplicate]

I have a VM that processes files, parses the information and saves it to a database. I've been monitoring the resource usage and noticed /usr/sbin/console-kit-daemon --no-daemon.. Below you see a ...
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Start top with particular sorting

I'd like to start top with sorting set to resident memory size, instead of the default CPU usage. I don't see a way to do that from command line arguments or startup file. Obviously I can't echo "Oq" ...
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What units of time does “top” use?

If I issue the "top" command and receive results such as: PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND 00001 bob 25 0 77380 1212 1200 R 95.8 0.0 89122:13 fee ...
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Total CPU usage and CPU usage under processes list is different in FreeBSD top implementation?

For some reason, overall CPU usage on my FreeBSD machine fluctuates between 1% and 85%, but the CPU usage in processes column never adds up to this amount. For example here the overall CPU usage is ...
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`top` not refreshing screen on exit

When I exit top, the prompt reappears at the bottom and I can see the bottom of the last thing it was showing. How can I get top to behave like less i.e. refresh the screen back to when I launched ...
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Find the process which is taking maximum CPU usage if CPU usage is more than 60%?

I am trying to measure the cpu usage of my ubuntu machine and if the cpu usage is more than 60%, then I need to find out the process who has the highest cpu usage and then send out an email saying CPU ...
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How to find which processes are taking all the memory?

I'm looking for somthing like top is to CPU usage. Is there a command line argument for top that does this? Currently, my memory is so full that even 'man top' fails with out of memory :)
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How to view a specific process in top

Are there any relatively strightforward options with top to track a specific process? Ideally by identifying the process by a human readable value? e.g. chrome or java. In other words, I want to view ...
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Why would whois take up 100% of the CPU?

Running top on my CentOS web server shows an instance of whois running from 99-100% of one of the CPUs. I've not knowingly used whois on this server before, would it be safe just to kill this ...
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How does a parallelized Python program look with top command?

I work on a shared cluster. I've seen people run parallelized c code on this cluster which, when I use top to see what processes are running, are shown to be using (for example) 400% of the CPU, ...
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Change top's sorting back to CPU

A former coworker did something to top that whenever it runs as root the data is sorted by MEM usage instead of the default CPU usage. According to multiple searches, the man page and even the options ...
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How to select specific processes with 'top'?

In case of one program having multiple instances, running pidof program gives: `1 2 3` top -p accepts comma-delimited arguments: 1, 2, 3. This means that top -p `pidof program` won't work: ...
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Bash crashes when running common commands [closed]

Open Bash, run Top, and about 1/3 times, bash just closes. The other 2/3 times, it runs properly. The same thing occurs with other commands like "clear" or "/sbin/ifconfig" Any ideas what may be ...
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Extract text from one iteration of top

I want to execute the top command from my bash script the problem is that usually when I type the top command on the console , I exit by Ctrl+C. but how to exit from top when I run the top command ...
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In Linux “top” command what are us, sy, ni, id, wa, hi, si and st (for CPU usage)?

When I issue $ top in linux, I get a result similar to this (see here). One of the lines has CPU usage information represented like this: Cpu(s): 87.3%us, 1.2%sy, 0.0%ni, 27.6%id, 0.0%wa, ...
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What's limiting my CPU usage in forked processes?

I am running some long-running programs (for scientific purposes) on a multi-core Linux box. The processes are controlled by a small daemon which restarts the next job when one finishes (I run 3-6 at ...
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How fast is a process reading/writting virtual memory?

So, we have top, htop, iotop, iostat, vmstat, etc, to measure many different things on Linux, but how can one measure how much MB/s a process is reading and writting to/from RAM, i.e., virtual memory? ...
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Why highest priority threads are displayed with RT in top and htop?

In the top and htop tools, processes (or/and threads depending on display settings) having the highest realtime priority (99 from the userland API point of view) with either the scheduling policy ...
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How do I control the cycle length of “top” command

I have been told that "top" command only cycles once per second (I don't know if that's true) and I need it to show changes in processes way shorter than a second, how do I do that? What I need to ...
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Alert when running process finishes

There are a few questions and answers on here with regard to being alerted when a process completes/exits(1, 2) – but these all assume that the user has issued said process themselves, and thus can ...
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Huge CPU load due to high system usage

Tasks: 747 total, 176 running, 560 sleeping, 0 stopped, 11 zombie Cpu(s): 10.5%us, 89.2%sy, 0.0%ni, 0.0%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.3%si, 0.0%st Mem: 74236420k total, 73285344k used, 951076k ...