12 TOP Command Examples in Linux

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Ravi Saive

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39 Responses

  1. rmpbkly says:

    what are the command line for these that can be done in terminal , hence alias

  2. Kavitha says:

    Hi Ravi… If we save the top command results in /root/.toprc …. how to view this file next time. what exactly is .toprc … is this a configuration file..

  3. Shivam Goyal says:

    if load average is going very high due to a particular process and i can’t stop the process.in that case what other alternate step i can take?

    • Ravi Saive says:

      You can kill the process by its PID or you can take appropriate steps to troubleshoot why exactly the load is too high for particular process.

  4. Shivam Goyal says:

    It’s quite useful.

  5. kiran varma says:


    Command to pause the job

    kill -s STOP pid number

    Command to resume the job

    kill -s CONT pid number

    Hope this should work.

  6. Himanshu says:

    How to see only the top running process in top command

  7. Its very helpful to me.. Thanks

  8. Wchen says:

    Hi Ravi;

    what’s the command key to temporary pause the big memory job, then how to restore the pause back to run mode?

  9. amit says:

    Hi Ravi,

    what is sleeping in top command. and what is its utilization.

    Amit rai

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