psgrep(command)

psgrep() { ps aux | tee >(head -1>&2) | grep -v " grep $@" | grep "$@" -i --color=auto; }
Pipes the header row of ps to STDERR, then greps for the command on the output of ps, removing the grep entry before that.
Sample Output
$ psgrep syslogd
USER PID %CPU %MEM     VSZ RSS TT STAT STARTED    TIME COMMAND
root  23  0.0  0.0 2457208 676 ?? Ss   Mon09AM 0:02.63 /usr/sbin/syslogd

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By: fnl
2013-08-02 12:44:32

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  • You'll need to install proctools. MacPorts and Fink have this if you're running Mac OS X, check your Linux distribution's repositories if it isn't installed by default. Show Sample Output


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    pgrep <name>
    alesplin · 2010-02-28 22:59:33 0
  • Grep for a named process. Show Sample Output


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    psgrep() { if [ ! -z $1 ]; then echo "Grepping for processes matching $1..." ps aux | grep -i $1 | grep -v grep; else echo "!! Need name to grep for"; fi }
    evenme · 2010-02-27 13:47:28 3

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