Exclude grep from your grepped output of ps (alias included in description)

ps aux | grep [h]ttpd
Surround the first letter of what you are grepping with square brackets and you won't have to spawn a second instance of grep -v. You could also use an alias like this (albeit with sed): alias psgrep='ps aux | grep $(echo $1 | sed "s/^\(.\)/[\1]/g")'

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By: abcde
2009-02-10 02:59:20

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this is cool, i've already replaced the old habit. thx.
wwest4 · 509 weeks and 2 days ago
This works because "[h]ttpd" matches only an "h" followed by "ttpd". The line that is printed by "ps aux" is "[h]ttpd" which includes the brackets, therefor not matching. Clever.
leper421 · 508 weeks and 6 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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