12 TOP Command Examples in Linux

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49 Responses

  1. Shees says:

    Are these commands work on all type of Linux Operating system and What about sudo which is used in VPS having Linux operating system?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Top command is the default built-in process monitoring tool in Linux and sudo is used to in VPS to grand root privileges to normal users to execute certain system commands on Linux.

  2. srnvs says:

    Good documentation !!

    Given Above: Press (Shift+W) to save the running top command results under /root/.toprc.
    Correct: Press “W” or “Shift+w” to save current configuration in ~/.toprc.

  3. vishnu says:

    Can anyone say how to extract and write only the timestamp value and its corresponding cpu,memory, and swap value into text

  4. Varsha says:

    Thank you so much Ravi. I have started working on Unix and this is very very helpful.

  5. Kimon says:

    Very useful article, thank you!

  6. sarvesh says:

    In the Cpu(s) line what does each field represent and How to know the total CPU Utilization??? is it the summation of all??

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