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Number of CPU's in a system

Terminal - Number of CPU's in a system
grep "processor" /proc/cpuinfo | wc -l
2009-02-17 05:39:49
User: jbcurtis
Functions: grep wc
Number of CPU's in a system

/proc/cpuinfo contains information about the CPU.

Search for "processor" in the /proc/cpuinfo file

wc -l, counts the number of lines.


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
grep -c ^processor /proc/cpuinfo
2011-10-07 08:19:49
User: gerard
Functions: grep

this works for a Linux based system, other UNIX systems may have other way(s) to check the number of CPUs.

grep -c '^$' /proc/cpuinfo
2011-10-09 14:05:14
User: _john
Functions: grep

All Linux Systems I try also have an empty line per cpu in /proc/cpuinfo... little shorter then...

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What others think

If you're a stickler like me and don't like to use multiple commands (with pipes) when a single command will do, you can use awk to do it all:

awk '/^processor/{++i}END{print i}'
Comment by SiegeX 345 weeks and 5 days ago

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