Find the process you are looking for minus the grepped one

ps aux | grep process-name | grep -v "grep"

By: pavanlimo
2009-08-13 04:40:16

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Added this command just so it is searchable for newbies/beginners
pavanlimo · 462 weeks ago
Alternatively you can use the -c argument to ps ps auxc | grep process-name
tweakold · 462 weeks ago
Oh nice one guys! I have been putting up with this for years and years now. So good to read this. Still don't follow how olorin's example works though :(
DaveQB · 461 weeks and 6 days ago
@DaveQB: The grep searches for something that starts with a letter out of the list in brackets (which is just the letter p) and then rocess-name. So it will find anything with "process-name" in its command line, but won't find "grep [p]rocess-name" itself, as the brackets prevent grep from finding it (it doesn't start with p, followed by rocess-name, but with bracket, p, bracket, ...).
olorin · 461 weeks and 6 days ago
Simply awesome! :) Thanks
DaveQB · 461 weeks and 6 days ago

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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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