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Easily search running processes (alias).

Terminal - Easily search running processes (alias).
alias 'ps?'='ps ax | grep '
2009-02-05 13:36:37
User: fzero
Functions: alias grep
Easily search running processes (alias).


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Interesting to find something so simple that I also created. Only difference is I used psax for the command, but yours is easier to type and makes more sense. Thanks. :)

Comment by pkkid 394 weeks and 4 days ago

Why not:

Comment by porges 394 weeks and 4 days ago


It's just a matter of taste, really. I'm into ruby so I like asking things. :-)

Comment by fzero 394 weeks and 3 days ago

I add in a few w's in case the command is too long and make sure grep is case insensitive

alias psg='ps axwww | grep -i'

Then you can search for something like the finder (Finder.app) like this.

psg finder

59457 ?? S 2:35.56 /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/MacOS/Finder -psn_0_12430298

Comment by claytron 393 weeks and 2 days ago


"pgrep" only displays the PIDs. "pgrep -l" only displays the PID and process name. "ps aux" displays more info.

Comment by leper421 393 weeks and 2 days ago

A bash function version

psg() { ps auxw | grep -i $1 | grep -v grep; }
Comment by starchox 392 weeks and 6 days ago

Refined bash function version, omit use another grep, using square bracket trick

psg() { ps auxw | grep -i $(echo $1 | sed "s/^\(.\)/[\1]/g"); }

Comment by starchox 392 weeks and 6 days ago

A very similar thing I've been using for years:

pu() { ps auxw | egrep "$1|PID" | grep -v egrep; }

It retains the ps header line.

Comment by hypatiafu 392 weeks and 5 days ago
pgrep -lf syslog

4855 /sbin/syslogd -u syslog

Comment by alexfoo 391 weeks and 4 days ago

I've used:

p() { ps auxw | grep -i $1 | grep -v grep; }

For years and yes, I know the double grep is inefficient. Is the sed solution really worth it though?

Comment by ajt 387 weeks and 6 days ago

The sed trick is more specific. With the double grep you risk matching other greps, processes with the substring 'grep' in its name/args, etc.

On the efficiency side, both need an additional fork. The square bracket trick can be done in shell.

psg () { ps auxw | grep \[${1:0:1}\]${1:1} ; }
Comment by funollet 384 weeks and 6 days ago

psg() { ps auxw | grep -i '[ ]\?'"$1"; }

(Having fun with backslashes and quotes...)

Comment by myname 371 weeks and 5 days ago

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