Is there a way to display the program name? Like in windows when you open the task manager, it will display the program name instead of the directory under COMMAND

EDIT: Commands I used so far

ps aux | grep chromium

Output under COMMAND:


EDIT 2: I found a command called top and under COMMAND it shows the program name, is there a way doing the same in ps?

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  • Since top's output is suitable for you, can you try ps -e | grep chromium ? – Haxiel Oct 9 '18 at 8:39

Try pgrep -l chromium command. It will give you PID and command name. If you want to have more detailed output you can use pgrep and for loop with ps command:

for PROC in $(pgrep chromium)
    ps -p $PROC -o pid,uid,gid,time,ucmd

Make sure you use ucmd not cmd because cmd will give you full path instead of executable name. Of course you can modify output by changing -o options. You can find all available fields in man ps under section STANDARD FORMAT SPECIFIERS

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Try the below command,

ps aux | grep < program name>


ps aux | grep httpd
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  • i tried that and i get a directory like /usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromium-browser I want to get the program name like chromium – Jay Lee Oct 9 '18 at 6:50
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    @JayLee There is no way for ps to figure out that a process is running a program called something special other than what the executable file is called. – Kusalananda Oct 9 '18 at 7:06
  • @Kusalananda That's what i want, the executable file, i was using an example like chromium-browser, in ps it shows the directory under COMMAND, but in top it shows the executable file, how do i show the executable file in ps – Jay Lee Oct 9 '18 at 7:10
  • @JayLee /usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromium-browser is an executable file. /usr/lib/chromium-browser/ is a directory. /usr/bin/chromium-browser is a shell script that execs /usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromium-browser, so that's the executable associated with that process. – muru Oct 9 '18 at 9:44

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