Is there a way to configure top to show wall clock time rather than CPU time? I'm sure CPU time is useful in some contexts, but in mine I want to know how long the process has been running since I started it per my watch. I currently use top to show me CPU utilization and other process metrics, then switch to ps -o etime= -p <pid> to see the wall clock time. It would be convenient if I could just use top for both of these.


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top doesn't have this feature.

Please file a feature request or better yet submit a patch here: https://gitlab.com/procps-ng/procps

Alternatively you could use htop which has STARTTIME: Time the process was started.

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