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Exclude grep from your grepped output of ps (alias included in description)

Terminal - Exclude grep from your grepped output of ps (alias included in description)
ps aux | grep [h]ttpd
2009-02-10 02:59:20
User: abcde
Functions: grep ps
Exclude grep from your grepped output of ps (alias included in description)

Surround the first letter of what you are grepping with square brackets and you won't have to spawn a second instance of grep -v. You could also use an alias like this (albeit with sed):

alias psgrep='ps aux | grep $(echo $1 | sed "s/^\(.\)/[\1]/g")'


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
pgrep -fl [h]ttpd
pgrep -fl [h]ttpd
2011-02-28 20:43:01
User: emacsmtv

ps itself is replaced with a new command pgrep. man pgrep for more goodies.

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this is cool, i've already replaced the old habit. thx.

Comment by wwest4 380 weeks and 4 days ago

This works because "[h]ttpd" matches only an "h" followed by "ttpd". The line that is printed by "ps aux" is "[h]ttpd" which includes the brackets, therefor not matching. Clever.

Comment by leper421 380 weeks and 1 day ago

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