Thursday, July 31, 2014

10 Interactive Commands In Linux You Can Use While Running Top

Linux users know the importance of the top command. top essentially is used to deliver your processor activity in real-time, listing the most CPU-intensive tasks on your system. Further, it lends users an interactive interface wherein you can manipulate these processes. However, that's not all it can do. A number of single-key commands can be used while the top command is running so as to a lot of other things.

Interactive Commands, Linux command line, top command, space, PID, kill process, memory, zombie process
1.space

Update display immediately

2.^L

Erase and redraw the display

3.k

Kill process

For normal kill: PID of the task > signal 15

For abrupt kill: PID of the task > signal 9

4.i

Toggle to ignore idle/zombie processes

5.q

Quit a process

6.m

Display memory information

7.c

Display command name/full command line

8.N

Numerically sort tasks by pid

9.W

Write current setup (~/.toprc)

10.S

Toggles cumulative mode

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