How to find which application is consuming large memory? Is there any other way than using top?

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    What is wrong with top? – jordanm Jan 30 '15 at 6:19

you can pipe the output of ps and sort the column of memory depending on the requirement.

ps aux | sort -r -k4 

It would be useful if you could specify your OS (e.g. Ubuntu 12.04) and system(e.g. desktop/server) to help identify potential tools. For instance I can run 'gnome-system-monitor' which gives me a GUI display where I can sort by any of user, cpu, memory and other fields.

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