how to use top

Owen Townend owen.townend at
Mon Nov 10 23:55:08 UTC 2008

2008/11/11 Thufir <hawat.thufir at>:
> I read a bit about how to use ps to kill processes:
> but for "top" it just said to use "top", however, top will only show,
> well, the top processes.  Can I sort the command column?  search the
> command column?  I end up launching the System Monitor GUI and sorting by
> process name to find what I want to kill.  Can I do that in top?  Or
> somehow "scroll" top?
> Also, can I sort by process status from top?
> thanks,
> Thufir


Using top for this is possible, try pushing 'h' to bring up the
simple help menu which shows how to do what you asked.

Alternatively try installing htop
(`sudo aptitude install htop`)
It is a much more friendly version of top is scrollable (including
horizontal scrolling of
the commands) and customizable.

For something closer to topas try atop, it has network throughput and
disk usage stats too.


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