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Re: A "top" question

On Mon, Jan 24, 2005 at 05:05:05PM -0700, Justin Guerin wrote:
> On Saturday 22 January 2005 09:07, Michael Marsh wrote:
> > On Sat, 22 Jan 2005 17:51:55 +0200, andras.lorincz@gmail.com
> >
> > <andras.lorincz@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > I want to use top to see processes, but I cannot figure out how to
> > > browse all the processes, those that don't fit on the screen. I set the
> > > number of processes displayed with the n command hoping that then I can
> > > somehow walk through the processes but I didn't find out how. Can
> > > someone advise me?
> >
> > What, specifically, are you trying to do?  top is designed to let you
> > see what's using the most CPU time.  You can tell it to monitor only
> > certain processes or processes belonging to a particular user.  If
> > you're looking to do something else, top won't be the right program.
> > For example, I use
> > $ /bin/ps -ea -o pmem,user,pid,comm | /usr/bin/sort -n | /usr/bin/tail
> > when I want to see what's using the most memory.
> >
> top can sort by memory usage, too.  Just hit "M".  "h" will give you a help 
> screen.  "P" will get you back to sorting by CPU usage.

As I just learned today, the standard top in debian also lets you change the
column used to sort the list left and right using the < and > characters
(shift+, and shift+. on a US keyboard).

This might come in handy for someone

Steve Block

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