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Click on a GUI window and show its process ID and command used to run the process

Terminal - Click on a GUI window and show its process ID and command used to run the process
xprop | awk '/PID/ {print $3}' | xargs ps h -o pid,cmd
2009-02-16 07:55:19
User: jackhab
Functions: awk ps xargs
Click on a GUI window and show its process ID and command used to run the process

This command is useful when you want to know what process is responsible for a certain GUI application and what command you need to issue to launch it in terminal.


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

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This has been really usefull, thanks.

Comment by aperson 346 weeks and 4 days ago

Great command! But just for the sake of avoiding that corner situation when we have another part of "xprop" that has "PID" in it, I find it safer to do like that:

xprop | awk '($1=="_NET_WM_PID(CARDINAL)") {print $3}' | xargs ps h -o pid,cmd
Comment by Patola 321 weeks and 3 days ago

Your point of view

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