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

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What does it mean exactly when a processes “Time” has stopped in top?

I'll be looking into why we're getting critical swap alerts, and I'll find something like: PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ SWAP COMMAND 14683 user1 30 10 16.0g 772m ...
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Top Command - How to reduce the displayed Columns

Can we get specific column in a top command, for eg I'm interested in only the memory utilization and CPU usage column. How do I reduce the displayed columns of the top command to only the above two ...
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Why “uninterruptible sleep” is not counted as “IDLE”?

When I run top -bi, where the parameter -i means "ignore idle processes", the resulted list(see below) of processes are either R or D, although there're S processes at that time. So, why ...
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CPU percentage of a single process

How do I get the average CPU percentage (for every second) consumed by a single process since it starts until it ends (exists)? Could I make this with Top?
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HP-UX SZ limit for ps?

Right so I have a fun little thing that I'm deathly confuzzled about. I have a program that is running and I am getting the following: using top: SIZE RES 1639M 359M using ps: SZ 20171 ...
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What is the difference between the output of TOP command and Oprofile?

In the top command one of the processes is always showing a CPU usage of 4 to 5%. But in oprofile the CPU usage is 0.004%. I do not understand this. And I also noticed that even when a process is in ...
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What is using memory? [closed]

According to htop and free, the machine I'm looking at is currently at 6631 / 11907 MB of RAM. That's more or less half of the RAM available. However when I sort top or htop by MEM%, the most memory ...
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Tool for viewing top N items in stream

I'm looking for an existing Linux command-line tools that can accomplish the following: Consider there is an input stream /dev/inputstream which spews an infinite stream of data that looks like this: ...
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How to show CPU time for processes via top without 'root' procs

Okay, So I've been attempting this for about three hours now without success. How do you search/display/use the top command (or ps command if it works...) to output a list of all procs, sorted by CPU ...
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Killing a tree of processes in top/htop

htop allows me to nicely see trees of processes within the shell. I can kill processes by pressing F9 (KILL) and then selecting which signal (e.g. 15 SIGTERM) I want to send to a job to kill. ...
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Is there a way to get “top” to run exactly once and exit?

I find the output of the shell command top to be a simple and familiar way to get a rough idea of the health of a machine. I'd like to serve top's output (or something very similar to it) from a tiny ...
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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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Find the PID of top CPU/MEM usage, save to a shell variable

Is there any way to get the PID of the top CPU/MEM usage, I need to use that in a script, top command doesn't seem to work for it.
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How to interpret this top command

top - 04:36:16 up 32 days, 2:33, 1 user, load average: 251.72, 250.54, 231.19 Tasks: 785 total, 249 running, 522 sleeping, 2 stopped, 12 zombie Cpu(s): 8.9%us, 90.5%sy, 0.4%ni, 0.0%id, ...
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How to find out what is this process for?

I have this 'java' process running for 3 hours ( I guess ). I didn't see it before and I wonder how could I find out where it's coming from? Here is a screenshot: EDIT: ok I figured it out, it's ...
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CPU and core usage stats

I'm running some programs on a server and I would like to know how much % cpu I'm taking up and how many cores are being utilised by my process. To clarify, the server has 16 CPUs, all quad-core. I ...
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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 to troubleshoot high load, when there are no obvious processes [duplicate]

I'm running Ubuntu 13.10 on a laptop. Recently, after waking from sleep, I noticed the computer was quite warm, checked top and discovered 1.00 load average. I shutdown Chrome, various daemons, no ...
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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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What does a high load with an empty top mean? [duplicate]

What does it mean when I have a non-trivial load and when I run top, there are no processes using non-trivial amounts of cpu time? For example, I have a server with this top line: top - 10:10:59 up ...
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output of top gets truncated to 80 columns when run by cron

I have got the following logging script: #!/bin/bash top -b -c -n 1 >> /var/log/toplog/top.log And the following record in my crontab: */1 * * * * /home/clime/scripts/toplog.sh The ...
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when awake from hibernate, will the VIRT column of top command show the swap space used by process?

top - 10:43:31 up 8 days, 1:28, 4 users, load average: 0.72, 0.57, 0.44 Tasks: 180 total, 1 running, 177 sleeping, 0 stopped, 2 zombie %Cpu(s): 8.9 us, 2.1 sy, 0.0 ni, 88.9 id, 0.0 wa, ...
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Which processes swaps memory

I can see swap's total, used, free etc. sizes from top command. But I can't figure out which process uses swap, is it possible to find out swap memory by process? I'm running CentOS 6.3.
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Display 'PRI' and 'NI' via 'top -stats'

I'm trying to create a script that prints top stat for some specific fields (e.g. pid, command, priority, nice value). I can print most of them by using -stats option, but there is no arg for ni and ...
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Why is apache2 showing up a defunct in the process list?

When I run top I see one line that doesn't look too good: 2475 www-data 20 0 0 0 0 Z 1 0.0 0:00.19 apache2 <defunct> Why is this process <defunct> and what should I ...
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Should I care for applications that increase the system Load in order to prevent overheating?

I found that my "PCI Adapter" overheats when load is above 4.0 (having 4 cores). It does NOT overheat when the load is below 4.0 (but I had an overclocked memory that was causing trouble as I explain ...
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system monitoring tools

What command line utilities come standard with sunos to do system monitoring? I've been able to find prstat, but I would like something that will tell me memory usage and IOWAIT as well. It looks ...
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How to find which machines are idle on a cluster of many nodes

I run measurements on a cluster consisting of 32 nodes/machines. I do not require all nodes, only 4, for example. The problem is most of the time, the nodes are busy with other people running their ...
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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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How to use top with only showing CMD name

How do you use top with just showing the CMD name? I have used top with just showing the running process that I want; for example: $ top -p 19745 And if I want more than one PID, I would use: $ ...
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What does “batch mode” mean for the top command?

I was reading about the top command and I came across something I don't quite understand: top options: -b Run in batch mode. This is useful for sending output from top to other programs or to ...
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Where does top / gnome-system-monitor get its information about cpu usage?

I am curious where gnome-system-monitor and top (the command line tool) get their information about the CPU usage in %. Could you please explain it to me?
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top command on multi core processor

I am using freescale IMX6 quad processor. I want to know if the top command lists the CPU usage of all 4 cores or of a single core. I am seeing an application's CPU usage being the same with 4 cores ...
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htop reporting much higher memory usage than free or top

The following three outputs were taken essentially simultaneously: top: top - 02:54:36 up 2 days, 13:50, 3 users, load average: 0.05, 0.05, 0.09 Tasks: 181 total, 1 running, 179 sleeping, 0 ...
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Memory usage stays high after compilation jobs

I am operating a small Linux VM with 1Gb of RAM. It is a fairly typical LAMP setup which takes about 16% of memory on normal usage I used the box to compile stuff yesterday, the memory went up to 60% ...
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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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How can I automatically kill the process with the highest CPU load?

Sometimes programs will lock up in the background and cause high CPU usage. Is there any way I can programmatically ascertain which process is causing the highest CPU load at the moment and kill it?
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Task management tools with keyboard navigation that run in a terminal

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 ...
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OSX top command shows 5 running on a quad core

When trying to run the top command on my quad core mac, I see periodically that there are 5 running processes. How could it be possible to have 5 running processes on a quad core machine?
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How do you prevent user from opening a program?

I'm trying to write a script which prevents the concerned user from opening programs (mostly internet browsers) from being run during a certain time (like 1000 to 1200 hrs). This is like a ...
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Make top shows only server process

Can I make top show info about the web and db servers? Can it be done by piping the pids to the top? They can be many process from every one?!? Or is there any better method for this?
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Queries about top command

top command shows the process cpu utilization, and it when we sum the cpu utilization of all the processes then it goes greater than 100%. And how can it shows the cpu utilization of each process( ...
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How to redirect per-CPU top output to file?

I want redirect top output to a file, but I am interested in the per-CPU usage. Doing just #I only want to see processes belonging to myuser top -b -d 1 -u myuser > top.txt gives me stats ...
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What does % utilization mean in htop if only 1 process can execute at a time?

I see that the htop command reports respective the % of utilisation of each CPU core and also that of the processes. We know that only 1 process can execute at a time in the CPU. How is it possible ...
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What's using all of the memory in my VM? It's not the disk cache

I have an issue where when I try to build a really large project, my machine starts swapping (several GB) even though there's plenty of memory (14 GB in fact). When I run free, it shows that it's not ...
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Control precision of CPU or MEM percentage in top?

Looks like the default precision has changed in Arch, but I checked top (1), I didn't find anything related to precision, maybe I've used the wrong jargon. Right now it's 3 bit precision, I want ...
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Total amount of memory usage by a single process

I want to get a full added amount of memory usage for a particular process. Foe example, say I want to have the total amount of memory taken by httpd. So if I do a tail command as tail -M, I get: ...
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ATOP shows red line vmcom and vmlim. What does it mean?

utility atop shows: ATOP - MyServer 2013/01/07 00:03:57 10 seconds elapsed PRC | sys 2.18s | user 8.33s | #proc 141 | #zombie 0 | #exit 0 | CPU | sys 21% | ...
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Append timestamp to top command output

All, I'm using top -l 0 -s 1 -pid XXX -stats rsize | awk 'NR%13==0; fflush(stdout)' > output.txt to store the rsize value of a process in a file. Currently the contents of output.txt look ...
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free / top difference. Does free show virtual memory?

free -m shows me the following in my system: total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 3954 3842 111 0 248 2585 -/+ ...