System Administration Toolkit, Process administration tricks

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Martin Brown

Date archived: February 24, 2017 | First published: February 21, 2006

Discover how to get the information you want on UNIX® processes. Knowing what is running on your UNIX system is one of the most basic requirements of any system administrator. The standard process list is useful, but often the information that it provides is not in the right format or doesn't contain exactly the processes or information you need. Being able to select specific types of data from the process list makes administration a lot easier. In this article, you'll examine how to extend that process further to improve the readability of the information, or provide summaries and information that are not easily obtainable elsewhere. You'll also look at methods for standardizing how to obtain process information across different UNIX platforms.

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