find a process id by name

ps aux | awk '/name/ {print $2}'
This finds a process id by name, but without the extra grep that you usually see. Remember, awk can grep too!

By: evil_otto
2009-02-20 21:35:52

What Others Think

better way to do it, say you wanted to grep for ps auxwwg | grep someprocess.p[l] the brackets in it keep the grep command from showing up. Its a weird way of doing it, but it works and is alot less typing.
khabi · 579 weeks and 6 days ago
you can also use ps -C name or pgrep name
ZungBang · 579 weeks and 6 days ago

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