top is a Unix/Linux/BSD program to show what processing are running. It can show the top users of CPU or memory.

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top batch to dump CPU usage for all CPUs

I am looking for a command that I can run in a batch mode and report back to a monitoring server. I'd like a CPU usage across all CPUs (the equivalent of running top in interactive mode and then ...
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Ubuntu server getting slow everyday at 9.00AM

This server runs Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS and used as a web server (apache 2.2.22) and an ftp server (proftpd 1.3.4a). Nobody can access web pages when this happens for 5 minutes or so. (This is a virtual ...
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how to check if a process with heavy io usage is running properly

I am now managing a computer cluster for scientific computing. Some processes in the cluster need heavy io usage. Now I find such a process: Its state changes rapidly between DOWN and RUN and its ...
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Which Linux package contains the 'top' command?

Many of the common utilities in Linux either come packaged in util-linux from Linux Foundation or coreutils from GNU. The man page for top doesn't specify anything. I am using CentOS.
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Confirm a memory leak by tracing “free” and “cached” in top?

I'm trying to confirm that there is a memory leak on my Linux device while in idle state (there should be no continuous memory consumption). I'm not interested in identifying the process that is ...
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What exactly do the colors in htop status bars mean?

By default, htop shows colored status bars for processors, memory, and swap. From left to right, the bars are colored green, blue, yellow, and red depending on some thresholds. What does it mean when ...
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What does %st mean in top?

Here is an example from my top: Cpu(s): 6.0%us, 3.0%sy, 0.0%ni, 78.7%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.3%si, 12.0%st I am trying to figure out the significance of the %st field. I read that it means ...
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Linux - How can I see what's waiting for disk IO

I have a server that has a really high load. Nothing is jumping out at me in terms of CPU usage, and it's not swapping. I think it's cause some processes are waiting for disk IO, and I want to see ...
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Is there any tool that I can use to monitor memory usage of each process on Linux easily? [closed]

This issue is not the same as the question on how to see the memory usage of a Linux process. Also, the top command doesn't give the exact memory used, but just what percentage one process uses, so ...
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Why top output different from sar output?

This is SLES11sp3 system. The command top shows the load average of 17+, as shown below: #top top - 11:59:14 up 19 days, 21:55, 40 users, load average: 17.09, 17.29, 19.22 Tasks: 514 total, 1 ...
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tail: inotify cannot be used, reverting to polling: Too many open files

tail: inotify cannot be used, reverting to polling: Too many open files I'm running apache and tomcat servers on Ubuntu (AWS ec2). Whenever I try to tail the catalina.out of tomcat I get too many ...
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how can I understand why apache is consuming so much cpu - ec2

I have an ec2 c3.medium instance running. It has recently started maxing out the cpu making the server unresponsive. Rebooting the instance doesn't really help for long, although it does make apache ...
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ps shows that migration/* processes consume a lot of CPU, but top keep silence about them

here is the result of ps command, shown only first 10 lines ps aufx | head USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND root 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 ? S ...
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top command - cpu from processes do not add up

I understand the various types of cpu usage reported by the top command (6.5%us, 17.2%sy, 0.0%ni, etc...), but why does the total %CPU for each process not add up to any of the Cpu(s) values? For ...
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System not being able to handle soft interrupts but having idle time?

I have a constant 5% and more CPU time spent in handling soft interrupts. Doe to that, the ksoftirqd is running almost constantly, but is using a very small amount of CPU (less than 1%). However, ...
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Influence of kernel code execution to Load average in top?

I'm trying to tests the amount of CPU that iptables use for NAT. Perhaps it will be more accurate to say "the amount of CPU that the netfilter kernel module" uses. The approach i took was to try and ...
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free shows more memory used than top process total

UPDATE: This was being caused due to a known issue with nss-softkn. See this article: https://www.splyt.com/blog/2014-05-16-optimizing-aws-nss-softoken When I run free -m from my centos 6.5 box I ...
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How to spec VM requirements based on historical data of transient processes on Linux?

I've been given a task to break apart the services on one of our main VMs (Amazon EC2) and appropriate additional VMs to suit the services needs. The type of services that I am dealing with are ...
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How to reset CPU counters? [duplicate]

I have a Linux server (Debian 2.6.32-46-amd64) which has been online for 117 days. The server is basically an Apache + MySQL, and MySQL was usually at 100~200% CPU usage (using top) being the server ...
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ps_mem.py vs top - memory usage?

Every now and again my apache server is crashing, getting an error saying the MaxClients has been reached. In my research I've gained the impression that I may be running out of memory (just checked ...
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Find out what NFSD processes are actually doing?

When I view top on one of our servers there are a lot of nfsd processes consuming CPU: PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND 2769 root 20 0 0 0 0 R ...
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aws stolen cpu on dedicated machine

I'm running a dedicated m3.medium EC2 instance. How is it possible that my top says: Tasks: 84 total, 1 running, 83 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie Cpu(s): 4.3%us, 1.5%sy, 0.0%ni, 90.8%id, ...
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Something eats all memory (I suspect memory leak on some app). How to detect what?

I have server which runs liquidsoap+icecast bundle and simple website (httpd+mysqld). Nothing special. Visitors around 2000+ per day, with around 50 being online simultaneously on average. Server has ...
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How to have linux top command show memory summary in megabytes not kilobytes

Redhat EL5 I had my top configured the just the way I like showing the memory summary and swap summary in MB. I had to close my shell and then when I re-opened it, it is back showing in (default ?) ...
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Memory on dedicated server is filled out [duplicate]

We are managing a dedicated server (WHM/cPanel) with 4-5(Magento & Woocommerce mostly) accounts in it, along with custom code that will connect those platforms with ERPs. This custom code works a ...
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On a freshly-rebooted server why would the CPU running time of processes be huge?

I rebooted our server this morning, yet there are umpteen processes that appear to have been running for 600+ days? Could someone please shed some light? The datetime of the machine is correct: ...
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How to exclude some users from Linux Top screen?

In top screen, by default it shows all users' processes. How to exclude some users(for example, root and nobody) from the top real-time screen?
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How to understand details of CPU usage

I have a VPS server. At the CPU usage chart I see long periods of 50% CPU usage that are not related to chart of visitors of my site: http://c2n.me/iRJplq. I checked top and most of the time fastcgi ...
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TIME+ column in top command is inaccurate

I just ran the top command to observe the following process chown -r me:me allMyMusic And it's been running for about 5 minutes, however the TIME+ column in the top command has reported it as ...
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Live monitoring on web server logs by tailing the webserver access log

I am looking for a way to find who causes high load on my nginx web server but I do have too many requests per minutes to figure it out which one is the real cause. I want a solution that would work ...
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Apache TOP command time format?

When running top on an Apache server, what is the time format for the output? For instance, is it minute:second.second? http://i.imgur.com/wBx8PAh.png Edit: I'm running on Ubuntu 14.04 and the ...
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Something like `top` for vhosts

Is there any way of establishing what vhosts are keeping Apache processes busy, in real time? Ideally I'd like a tool like top (or htop) that shows me which sites are busiest, or most costly, right ...
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Top not showing processes using CPU resources

I have this output from top for the top 10 processes sorted by CPU usage descending: top - 11:19:58 up 1:46, 2 users, load average: 3.22, 3.48, 3.34 Tasks: 66 total, 5 running, 61 sleeping, ...
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How to get atop to create daily logfile

I'm running a website on a VPS running Centos 6.5 and am having some issues. I'm new to serveradmin so just learning. atop was already installed on our machine and it's working. I wanted to go in and ...
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Is there a top like tool that shows processes and ports, live?

I'd like to be monitoring ports in "realtime" and the processes that use them. Is there any tool that can handle that? I imagine somethinkg like top, but with a column that lists all ports the process ...
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high mysqld cpu usage after moving to new server

Just moved to a new (more powerful) server with only one website running on it, no changes on the website, but now I got a horrible high CPU load and I can't find out why. top: top - 22:54:08 up 1 ...
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memory leak? RHEL 5.5. RSS show ok, almost no free memory left, swap used heavily

i encounter a very instresting problem, and it seems that some physical may disapper quietly. i am very puzzled, so if anyone could give some help, I would be very appreciated. here is my top show: ...
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top and htop disagree on memory usage, but swap is being used on GlusterFS server. Can this be improved?

If I run free -m, top and htop, I get different memory uses. The system is also using a small amount of swap. I understand from this question why they are reporting different values (some of the data ...
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Our RAM usage is high, including -/+ buffer/cache, but top has no answers

We are running CentOS 6 with a PHP web application. After we pushed a new version live it seems we have a memory issue, however top does not show any high usage instances. I have looked around and ...
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CentOS 6.4 64-bit Memory Usage really not adding up

I recently migrated hosting providers and in the process my distribution changed from CentOS 5.9 64-bit to CentOS 6.4 64-bit. Despite having a little more RAM (1 GiB rather than 768 MiB) the new VPS ...
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Why does htop have three load averages?

On htop, it shows three load averages, one bold, one normal, one red. What do they signify?
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Strange load average behaviour

We have a daemon which collects system data and writes it into database. Sometimes the load average goes very high without apparent reason. Here is sample output. | id | server_id | datetime ...
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nginx+php-fpm help optimize configs

I have 3 servers. First server (CPU - model name: 06/17, 2.66GHz, 4 cores, 8GB RAM) have nginx as load balancer with next config upstream lb_mydomain { server mydomain.ru:81 weight=2; ...
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How to read `top`. Process list says processes have swap but overview says no swap is being used

I am using top to monitor my server. The swap row reads Swap: 1044220k total, 0k used, 1044220k free, 148544k cached I have hit O p to sort by swap. PID USER PR NI VIRT RES ...
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How do I increase size of Terminal on Linux

I have a 48core linux box. I would like to monitor per core cpu usage. However when I use top and press 1 I get an error message "Sorry, terminal is not big enough" Is there anyway I can increase ...
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How can I find out what Zimbra process (specifically “b”) is doing?

My Zimbra mail server (8.0.2 Community Edition) recently started to spawn an interesting process called "b". top - 11:04:44 up 19 days, 18:47, 1 user, load average: 6.25, 6.38, 5.57 Tasks: 131 ...
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What does TOP's DATA column mean?

I'm trying to figure out the meanings of all the different classifications of memory such as VIRT, RES, SHR, AND DATA. While I generally understand the first 3, I have no idea what the DATA column ...
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top output seems fine, yet server is overloaded

This server I am benchmarking gives no obvious signs of getting overloaded at a first glance. top output: top - 22:48:25 up 5 days, 3:41, 3 users, load average: 3.19, 3.34, 3.25 Tasks: 146 total, ...
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How to interpret increasing SHR reported by top?

The man page for top defines SHR as: t: SHR -- Shared Mem size (kb) The amount of shared memory used by a task. It simply reflects memory that could be potentially shared with other ...
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Measuring load - %CPU in top is different than %us

When I run TOP on a remote server, I see a very small system utilization (3.8%us). However, for the actual process I am seeing 29.6% of the CPU. Since this server has 8 CPU cores, is the %CPU the ...