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Find the process you are looking for minus the grepped one

Terminal - Find the process you are looking for minus the grepped one
ps aux | grep process-name | grep -v "grep"
2009-08-13 04:40:16
User: pavanlimo
Functions: grep ps
Find the process you are looking for minus the grepped one


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
ps aux | grep [p]rocess-name
2009-08-13 05:44:45
User: olorin
Functions: grep ps

As an alternative to using an additional grep -v grep you can use a simple regular expression in the search pattern (first letter is something out of the single letter list ;-)) to drop the grep command itself.

ps axu | grep [a]pache2
2012-12-15 19:37:19
User: EBAH
Functions: grep ps

Trick to avoid the form:

grep process | grep - v grep

pgrep command_name
ps -C command
2009-08-14 15:30:42
User: recursiverse
Functions: ps

preferred way to query ps for a specific process name (not supported with all flavors of ps, but will work on just about any linux afaik)

ps -ef | grep c\\ommand
2011-01-04 11:43:14
User: ioggstream
Functions: grep ps
Tags: grep ps

faster ;) but your idea is really cool

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Added this command just so it is searchable for newbies/beginners

Comment by pavanlimo 320 weeks and 5 days ago

Alternatively you can use the -c argument to ps

ps auxc | grep process-name
Comment by tweakold 320 weeks and 5 days ago

Oh nice one guys!

I have been putting up with this for years and years now. So good to read this.

Still don't follow how olorin's example works though :(

Comment by DaveQB 320 weeks and 4 days ago

@DaveQB: The grep searches for something that starts with a letter out of the list in brackets (which is just the letter p) and then rocess-name. So it will find anything with "process-name" in its command line, but won't find "grep [p]rocess-name" itself, as the brackets prevent grep from finding it (it doesn't start with p, followed by rocess-name, but with bracket, p, bracket, ...).

Comment by olorin 320 weeks and 4 days ago

Simply awesome! :)


Comment by DaveQB 320 weeks and 4 days ago

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