Practical Tips for Using Top

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Sun, Jan 10 - 5:12 am EDT | 4 years ago by
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The command line is your friend. Now there’s command called “top” and it shows you the processes you’ve got running and how much CPU and memory they are using. Top is awesome because from the command line you see a summary of what’s going on. Especially if you’re wondering if there’s a process that seems to be eating up your resources. This is the interesting thing about top though, there are quite a number of things you could do with it aside from the basic top command. You just need to press certain keys to do that. Some examples of things you could do with the top command:

  • Show help in the command line while running ‘top’ if you had it running by doing top -h on the command line.
  • Kill a task without exiting from top. How? By pressing ‘k’ then give the process id in question. Sounds nifty right? Of course it is! It’s convenient for you.
  • Sort processes by column. Choose the column you want to use as a filter for sorting. Whether its process ID, or CPU usage or memory usage, etc. you just need to press “O” (as in uppercase) and then a list of the possible columns will be listed, as well as their corresponding letters, whichever one you choose.

Here’s an article on the Geek Stuff about the 15 Practical Unix/Linux Top Command Examples and you’re really going to find the tips handy. : ) A lot of them I didn’t really know about until today. Nifty stuff, really.

In other news, Philips will be releasing their GoGear gadgets with Songbird pre-installed. The Songbird version will be aptly called Philips Songbird. However, there is no support for Songbird on Linux and the Mac just yet. Oh well. Too bad Songbird support is only for Windows right now. Maybe we’re going to have to wait and see for quite a while.

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