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How to find which process is eating RAM memory in Linux

Dec 09, 2010, 05:03 (3 Talkback[s])

"If you are running out of RAM on your Linux system, you will want to find the culprit in order to solve the problem, either by reconfiguring the RAM-hungry application or by stopping it.

"We'll use ps, awk, head and sort with a pipe, to find out which application is consuming our RAM

"List running processes ordered by RAM usage

ps aux | awk '{print $2, $4, $11}' | sort -k2r | head -n 20

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