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Terminal - Commands tagged ps - 61 results
ps h -o %a 21679
2015-09-27 11:00:07
User: BeniBela
Functions: ps
Tags: Linux ps

Show the command line for a PID with ps

ir() { perl -pne 's/(.)(.*)/\[\1]\2/' <<< "$@" ;}
2015-07-25 14:13:33
User: bartonski
Functions: perl
Tags: ps

Note that `grep "$(ir foo)"` really doesn't save any typing, but wrapping this inside a second shell function will:

psg() { grep "$(ir \"$@\")" ;}
2015-04-20 13:09:44
User: pooderbill
Functions: ps
Tags: grep function ps

ps and grep is a dangerous combination -- grep tries to match everything on each line (thus the all too common: grep -v grep hack). ps -C doesn't use grep, it uses the process table for an exact match. Thus, you'll get an accurate list with: ps -fC sh rather finding every process with sh somewhere on the line.

psgrep() ... func to long, please look under "description"
2015-01-01 02:58:48
User: Xk2c
Functions: look
Tags: grep function ps

David thanks for that grep inside!

here is mine version:



case ${1} in

( -E | -e )


shift 1






if [[ -z ${*} ]]


echo "psgrep - grep for process(es) by keyword" >&2

echo "Usage: psgrep [-E|-e] ... " >&2

echo "" >&2

echo "option [-E|-e] enables full extended regexp support" >&2

echo "without [-E|-e] plain strings are looked for" >&2

return 1


\ps -eo 'user,pid,pcpu,command' w | head -n1

local ARG=''

if (( ${EXTENDED_REGEXP} == 0 ))


while (( ${#} > 0 ))



shift 1

local STRING=${ARG}

local LENGTH=$(expr length ${STRING})

local FIRSCHAR=$(echo $(expr substr ${STRING} 1 1))

local REST=$(echo $(expr substr ${STRING} 2 ${LENGTH}))

\ps -eo 'user,pid,pcpu,command' w | grep "[${FIRSCHAR}]${REST}"



\ps -eo 'user,pid,pcpu,command' w | grep -iE "(${*})"



psg(){ ps aux | grep -E "[${1:0:1}]${1:1}|^USER"; }
2015-01-01 00:12:45
User: flatcap
Functions: grep ps
Tags: grep function ps

Function that searchs for process by its name:

* Shows the Header for reference

* Hides the process 'grep' from the list

* Case sensitive

The typical problem with using "ps | grep" is that the grep process shows up the in the output.

The usual solution is to search for "[p]attern" instead of "pattern".

This function turns the parameter into just such a [p]attern.

${1:0:1} is the first character of $1


${1:1} is characters 2-end of $1
psg(){ ps aux | grep -v grep | egrep -e "$1|USER"; }
2014-12-31 22:27:27
Functions: egrep grep ps
Tags: grep function ps

Function that searchs a process by its name and shows in the terminal.

* Shows the Header for reference

* Hides the process 'grep' from the list

* Case sensitive

ps axo pcpu,args | awk '/[p]hp.*pool/ { sums[$4] += $1 } END { for (pool in sums) { print sums[pool], pool } }' | sort -rn | column -t
while sleep 1; do if [ $(echo "$(cat /proc/loadavg | cut -d' ' -f1) > .8 " | bc) -gt 0 ]; then echo -e "\n\a"$(date)" \e[5m"$(cat /proc/loadavg)"\e[0m"; ps aux --sort=-%cpu|head -n 5; fi; done
2014-12-08 15:44:40
User: tyzbit
Functions: cat echo head ps sleep

This checks the system load every second and if it's over a certain threshold (.8 in this example), it spits out the date, system loads and top 4 processes sorted by CPU.

Additionally, the \a in the first echo creates an audible bell.

PID=$(ps -ef | grep processName | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2'}); kill -9 $PID
for i in `cat hosts_list`; do RES=`ssh myusername@${i} "ps -ef " |awk '/[p]rocessname/ {print $2}'`; test "x${RES}" = "x" && echo $i; done
2014-10-03 14:57:54
User: arlequin
Functions: awk echo test
Tags: ssh awk test ps

Given a hosts list, ssh one by one and echo its name only if 'processname' is not running.

while true; do ps aux | sort -rk 3,3 | head -n 11 | cut -c -120 | netcat -l -p 8888 2>&1 >/dev/null; done &
2014-08-29 07:10:57
User: manumiu
Functions: cut head ps sort

If you want to see your top ten cpu using processes from the browser (e.g. you don't want to ssh into your server all the time for checking system load) you can run this command and browse to the machines ip on port 8888. For example

ps -eo etime,pid,pcpu,ppid,args | sed -e '/\[.\+\]/d' -e '/^[ \t]*[0-9]\{2\}:[0-9]\{2\} /d' | sort -k1r
2014-02-14 00:22:31
User: neurodrone
Functions: ps sed sort

If you have ever been trying to look for a list of processes based on their elapsed time you don't need to look any further.

This command lets you find the list of processes ordered in a reversed order (oldest at the top) that have been running for over an hour on your system. Any system processes are filtered out, leaving only user initiated ones in. I find it extremely useful for debugging and performance analysis.

ps r -A
psgrep() { ps aux | tee >(head -1>&2) | grep -v " grep $@" | grep "$@" -i --color=auto; }
2013-08-02 12:44:32
User: fnl
Functions: grep head ps tee
Tags: grep ps

Pipes the header row of ps to STDERR, then greps for the command on the output of ps, removing the grep entry before that.

pgrep -lf
ps aux | grep $(echo $1 | sed "s/^\(.\)/[\1]/g")
2013-07-16 10:10:51
User: opexxx
Functions: echo grep ps sed
Tags: sed grep ps

grep по ps aux

ps auxw | grep sbin/apache | awk '{print"-p " $2}' | xargs strace -f
2013-02-19 19:14:57
User: msealand
Functions: awk grep ps strace xargs

This version also attaches to new processes forked by the parent apache process. That way you can trace all current and *future* apache processes.

ps -eo size,pid,user,command --sort -size |awk '{hr[1024**2]="GB";hr[1024]="MB";for (x=1024**3; x>=1024; x/=1024){if ($1>=x){printf ("%-6.2f %s ", $1/x, hr[x]);break}}}{printf ("%-6s %-10s ", $2, $3)}{for (x=4;x<=NF;x++){printf ("%s ",$x)} print ("\n")}'
NUMCPUS=`grep ^proc /proc/cpuinfo | wc -l`; FIRST=`cat /proc/stat | awk '/^cpu / {print $5}'`; sleep 1; SECOND=`cat /proc/stat | awk '/^cpu / {print $5}'`; USED=`echo 2 k 100 $SECOND $FIRST - $NUMCPUS / - p | dc`; echo ${USED}% CPU Usage
2012-10-02 03:57:51
User: toxick
Functions: awk echo sleep wc

Using the output of 'ps' to determine CPU usage is misleading, as the CPU column in 'ps' shows CPU usage per process over the entire lifetime of the process. In order to get *current* CPU usage (without scraping a top screen) you need to pull some numbers from /proc/stat. Here, we take two readings, once second apart, determine how much IDLE time was spent across all CPUs, divide by the number of CPUs, and then subtract from 100 to get non-idle time.

top -p $(pgrep -d , foo)
top '-p' $(pgrep -d ' -p ' foo)
top $(pgrep foo | sed 's|^|-p |g')
2012-06-14 15:13:00
User: michelsberg
Functions: sed top
pgrep foo

may return several pids for process foobar footy01 etc. like this:




sed puts "-p " in front and we pass a list to top:

top -p 11427 -p 12576 -p 12577
ps h --ppid $(cat /var/run/apache2.pid) | awk '{print"-p " $1}' | xargs sudo strace
2012-03-21 01:59:41
Functions: awk cat ps sudo xargs

Like the original version except it does not include the parent apache process or the grep process and adds "sudo" so it can be run by user.

exec -a "/sbin/getty 38400 tty7" your_cmd -erase_all_files
2012-02-01 10:54:03
User: mhs
Functions: exec

`your_cmd -erase_all_files` is the real process, but harmless-looking getty appears in the process table.

Never actually had a need to do this, but interesting nonetheless... Tested in bash, dash.

-a $NAME

"pass NAME as the zeroth argument to COMMAND", i.e. customise the name of the process (as commonly seen with `ps`)

ps -fea | grep PATTERN | awk {'print $2'} | xargs kill -9