psgrep

psgrep() { if [ ! -z $1 ]; then echo "Grepping for processes matching $1..." ps aux | grep -i $1 | grep -v grep; else echo "!! Need name to grep for"; fi }
Grep for a named process.
Sample Output
eva:~ even$ psgrep sky
Grepping for processes matching sky...
kessia     253   0,0  1,1   482148  23132   ??  S    Qui04     1:13.61 /Applications/Skype.app/Contents/MacOS/Skype -psn_0_73746

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By: evenme
2010-02-27 13:47:28

2 Alternatives + Submit Alt

  • Pipes the header row of ps to STDERR, then greps for the command on the output of ps, removing the grep entry before that. Show Sample Output


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    psgrep() { ps aux | tee >(head -1>&2) | grep -v " grep $@" | grep "$@" -i --color=auto; }
    fnl · 2013-08-02 12:44:32 0
  • You'll need to install proctools. MacPorts and Fink have this if you're running Mac OS X, check your Linux distribution's repositories if it isn't installed by default. Show Sample Output


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    pgrep <name>
    alesplin · 2010-02-28 22:59:33 0

What Others Think

psgrep() { if [ ! -z $1 ] ; then echo "Grepping for processes matching $1..." ps aux | grep -i $1 | grep -v grep ; else echo "!! Need name to grep for"; fi }
liupeng · 433 weeks and 4 days ago
Neither of the previous posted functions work, here is how you can get it to work: # psgrep() { if [ ! -z $1 ] ; then echo "Grepping for processes matching $1..." ; ps aux | grep -i $1 | grep -v grep ; else echo "service mysqld start Need name to grep for" ; fi ; }
unixhome · 433 weeks and 4 days ago
Or just "ps aux | grep "?
cec · 284 weeks and 1 day ago

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