Commandline 101: Using top

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How to use the top command.

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waparmley's picture

I've used top many times, but always felt a bit confused by the interface. Press "h" for help ... wow, don't know why I never tried that. All I ever knew how to do was use < and >. Thanks for a great tech tip!


Tuxly_Tuxford_McTuxtington's picture

Another good tip, Shawn!

Users may also want to check out htop, which is in the Ubuntu repositories. It's the same thing as top, just a bit prettier and (in my opinion) easier to grasp at a glance.

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J. Hryko's picture

(i don't compile source but...)

it's great for newbies to get little chunks of info. baby steps. good work.

If you want to change the world, you have to do boring things.

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Shawn Powers's picture

I love the frame that chose for the still frame. :D

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Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.