Search for an active process without catching the search-process

ps -ef | awk '/process-name/ && !/awk/ {print}'
This does the same thing as many of the 'grep' based alternatives but allows a more finite control over the output. For example if you only wanted the process ID you could change the command: ps -ef | awk '/mingetty/ && !/awk/ {print $2}' If you wanted to kill the returned PID's: ps -ef | awk '/mingetty/ && !/awk/ {print $2}' | xargs -i kill {}
Sample Output
$ ps -ef | awk '/mingetty/ && !/awk/ {print}'
root      4976     1  0 Jul01 tty1     00:00:00 /sbin/mingetty --noclear tty1
root      4977     1  0 Jul01 tty2     00:00:00 /sbin/mingetty tty2
root      4978     1  0 Jul01 tty3     00:00:00 /sbin/mingetty tty3
root      4979     1  0 Jul01 tty4     00:00:00 /sbin/mingetty tty4
root      4980     1  0 Jul01 tty5     00:00:00 /sbin/mingetty tty5
root      4981     1  0 Jul01 tty6     00:00:00 /sbin/mingetty tty6

By: dopeman
2009-08-19 11:22:09

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