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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
pgrep command_name
2009-08-15 17:03:57
User: dstahlke
11
Find the process you are looking for minus the grepped one

Get the PID of a process by name

Alternatives

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
65

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
13

Trick to avoid the form:

grep process | grep - v grep

ps -C command
2009-08-14 15:30:42
User: recursiverse
Functions: ps
6

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
6

faster ;) but your idea is really cool

ps -ef | awk '/process-name/ && !/awk/ {print}'
2009-08-19 11:22:09
User: dopeman
Functions: awk ps
1

This does the same thing as many of the 'grep' based alternatives but allows a more finite control over the output. For example if you only wanted the process ID you could change the command:

ps -ef | awk '/mingetty/ && !/awk/ {print $2}'

If you wanted to kill the returned PID's:

ps -ef | awk '/mingetty/ && !/awk/ {print $2}' | xargs -i kill {}

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Dude! Dan! I didn't know you used this! Just saw it on twitter with your username: http://twitter.com/commandlinefu3/status/3390123230

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Comment by hank 366 weeks and 4 days ago

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