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Dec 23, 2002, 10:00 (15 Talkback[s])

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"ps is the shortage for Process Status. The command should be used to display the currently running processes on Unix/Linux systems. If you know the 'Task-Manager' which pops up under Windows NT/2000/XP when you press CTRL+ALT+DEL then you have a clue what ps does under Unix/Linux. Ps can show you the running processes on your system in different ways. I will describe the basic ones you should know.

"If you have a process which seems to hang (e.g. netscape navigator on some buggy websites) and you want to stop the process, then you can determine the process id of the process. Why do you need the process id? You can stop the process with the help of the 'kill' command..."

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