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

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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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Why does top report the incorrect CPU usage?

I have a machine with Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5520 visible as 16 logical cores (8 with HT). If I run something to eat CPU time (single threaded) top correctly reports 100% CPU usage for the process but ...
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Why is the range of load average not 0-1+ for all cpu's together?

I know that load average is 0-1(or 0-1024) per cpu. E.g a busy quad-core can have a load average of 4.0 or higher. (e.g if there are many tasks). I understand it can be huge like 100+ etc. I also ...
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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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Substantial portion of memory used is not accounted for by user processes

I recently installed a copy of Ubuntu Server 14.04.2 LTS on a cluster. All appears to be working fine, but a large portion (around half) of our total available RAM is being used. I.e., when I run ...
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What unit is used for the memory values from top command in Linux?

I have the following snippet shown as my top command output. One real quick question here being, the values of Mem are shown in what granularity? Are they the number of bytes? Mem: 8191488k total, ...
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MySQL process showing in top but no errors logged

I am seeing the following in TOP 2311 mysql 20 0 1324M 646M 9188 S 0.0 17.1 0:00.00 /usr/sbin/mysqld --basedir=/usr --datadir=/var/lib/mysql --plugin-dir=/usr/lib64/mysql/plugin ...
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How can I tell which process is IO bound?

Suppose I have a large number of processes and one (or more) is IO bound, obvious by a high wa value in top. How can I pinpoint which process it is? Each process shows how much cpu is being used, but ...
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How do I gather average cpu use in the background?

I'm trying to determine if an issue I'm having is related to cpu use, but my impacted application doesn't allow me to change terminals once it's open. It there a way I could dump only the cpu useage ...
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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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Why is load average being reported as 0.00 though system is busy doing work?

uptime, top, cat /proc/loadavg all reporting load averages for the last 1/5/15 minutes as 0.00, but the system is definitely busy doing work. Why is this? Server is running Red Hat Enterprise Linux ...
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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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Identify process

Every couple of minutes my Mac OSX machine starts running a process that consumes 10% of the CPU. It runs for a couple of seconds and then stops. I can see the process coming up in 'Top', but the name ...
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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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Where does network waiting go in 'top'?

If top is showing high loads, and you don't know if the process causing it is doing processor time or is doing network i/o (not local i/o) how can you find that out? On our server I see high values ...
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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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CPU usage of file system operations not shown in top

I run the following command (which does ls for 10,000 times) in a Ubuntu Linux terminal and use the top command to monitor the CPU usage. While top shows the total CPU usage (line 2) is about 48% ...
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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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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 can I format output of shell command

I combine top and pidof command: top -p $(pidof <process_name>) If pidof <process_name> return one id top command works. But if pidof <process_name> more than one ids top command ...
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In Linux 'top' command, is there any way to keep track of values?

I'm using the Linux "top" command to monitor %CPU of particular process. As the values keep on changing every few seconds, is there any way to keep track of values in a separate file or as a graphical ...
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Unrealistically long process times displayed in top

I (partly) manage a small cluster and we are having some problems on a few nodes (running CentOS 6.4). Some processes show exceptionally long run-times in 'top', even though the computer has been ...
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Set default color for top

How do you set the default color for top? Right now there is a red that I can barely read. You can toggle from mono to color with z or set it up more thoroughly with Z. But none of those settings ...
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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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Understanding top and load average

I'm observing a high load average on a certain machine (about 9) in all three load fields. I understand load as the number of processes in state "run" / currently desiring CPU time. Am I correct at ...
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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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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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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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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 ...