Show a 4-way scrollable process tree with full details.

ps awwfux | less -S
If you want a visual representation of the parent/child relationships between processes, this is one easy way to do it. It's useful in debugging collections of shell scripts, because it provides something like a call traceback. When a shell script breaks, just remember "awwfux".

By: ToyKeeper
2009-07-04 09:39:28

What Others Think

Nice - +1 from me :-)
zwergnase · 615 weeks and 2 days ago
I like using htop (package name: htop) for this. It is interactive like top, has colors, and you can toggle the process tree with F5.
bwoodacre · 615 weeks and 1 day ago
Thanks for the tip about htop. It is indeed quite nice. :) Unfortunately, htop isn't installed by default on any distro that I know of, and isn't available at all in most of the distros I have to deal with for work. But it will be handy on some of my Debian boxes.
ToyKeeper · 614 weeks and 4 days ago
pstree -Uclanpu | less -S
dennisw · 606 weeks and 5 days ago

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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