This command watches the top 10 processes currently taking up the most memory with thread & other info, incase you don't want to use the TOP or HTOP command.

watch -n .8 'ps -eaLo uname,pid,pcpu,pmem,lwp,nlwp,rss,vsz,start_time,args --sort -pmem| head -10'
This is a alternate command I like to use instead of TOP or HTOP to see what are the processes which are taking up the most memory on a system. It shows the username, process ID, CPU usage, Memory usage, thread ID, Number of threads associated with parent process, Resident Set Size, Virtual Memory Size, start time of the process, and command arguments. Then it's sorted by memory and showing the top 10 with head. This of course can be changed to suit you needs. I have a small system which is why Firefox is taking so much resources.
Sample Output
Every 0.8s: ps -eaLo uname,pid,pcpu,pmem,lwp,nlwp,rss,vsz,start_time,args --sort -pmem| head -10                 Tue May 10 21:02:16 2016

USER       PID %CPU %MEM   LWP NLWP   RSS    VSZ START COMMAND
ubercoo    20870 20.1 43.3 20870   48 388144 1660272 May09 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox
ubercoo    20870  0.0 43.3 20889   48 388144 1660272 May09 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox
ubercoo    20870  0.0 43.3 20890   48 388144 1660272 May09 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox
ubercoo    20870  0.5 43.3 20891   48 388144 1660272 May09 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox
ubercoo    20870  0.1 43.3 20893   48 388144 1660272 May09 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox
ubercoo    20870  0.1 43.3 20894   48 388144 1660272 May09 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox
ubercoo    20870  0.1 43.3 20895   48 388144 1660272 May09 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox
ubercoo    20870  0.1 43.3 20896   48 388144 1660272 May09 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox
ubercoo    20870  0.1 43.3 20897   48 388144 1660272 May09 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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