Wednesday, May 13, 2020

How to examine processes running on Linux

There are quite a number of ways to look at running processes on Linux systems – to see what’s running, the resources that processes are using, how the system is affected by the load and how memory is being used. Each command gives you a different view, and the range of details is considerable. In this post, we’ll run through a series of commands that can help you view process details in a number of different ways.


While the ps command is the most obvious command for examining processes, the arguments that you use when running ps will make a big difference in how much information will be provided. With no arguments, ps will only show processes associated with your current login session. Add a -u and you'll see extended details.

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Thanks to Sandra Henry-Stocker (see source)

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