Show running processes with file name(s)?

  • I am using putty to connect my linux server which my sites are in. I can run

    # ps aux | less

    to show running processes. But I want to display which files running these processes ?

    I have also tried

    # ps aux | grep <pid>

    But getting this error:

    -bash: syntax error near unexpected token `newline'

    What is the correct way to do it?

    in `grep `, you're supposed to replace `` with your actual process id (it's a number). `` is just a placeholder, not something you should actually type.

  • ps aux | grep <pid> isn't a shell command. The notation <pid> is a common convention to mean “put the PID there”. For example, if the PID is 1234, you'd run ps aux | grep 1234. This isn't a very useful command, you might as well run ps u 1234.

    Your question isn't very clear. What do you mean by “with file names”? If you want to see what executable the process 1234 is running:

    ls -l /proc/1234/exe

    If you want to see what files that process has open:

    ls -l /proc/1234/fd

    If you want to see the full command line with arguments:

    tr '\0' '\n' </proc/1234/cmdline

    If you prefer to use commands, lsof -p1234 shows all the files the process has open. ps uww 1234 shows various pieces of information about process 1234 including the full command line.

  • try executing the following:

    ps -ef
  • First of all, ps aux | grep <PID> is useful when you want to show the details for a specific process whose PID (Process Identifier) is represented by <PID>.

    For example (ps aux | grep 'firefox\|USER' means print only lines that contein firefoxor USER):

    ps aux | grep 'firefox\|USER'
    terdon  9021  2.5 11.8 1950888 970832 ?      Sl   Apr03 108:41 /opt/firefox/firefox

    So, the PID for my firefoxinstance is 9021. So, to use the command you are trying to run, I would replace <PID> with 9021:

    ps aux | grep 9021
    terdon  9021  2.5 11.5 1948776 942640 ?      Sl   Apr03 109:03 /opt/firefox/firefox

    Now, I am not sure what you mean by "display which files running these processes". If you mean display which files these processes are using, ps aux is one way of doing so. Say I have opened the file /usr/share/doc/nano/faq.html using this command:

     firefox /usr/share/doc/nano/faq.html 

    I could see which file firefox had opened using ps :

    ps aux | grep firefox
    terdon   31763 18.7  1.0 682916 84352 pts/10   Sl+  17:10   0:02 firefox /usr/share/doc/nano/faq.html

    The opened file is shown as one of the arguments passed to firefox. Note that the PID is different (it is now 31763 instead of 9021) that is because every running program has its own unique PID.

    Another useful command is top. If you run it with the -c switch it will show the arguments passed to a command, and with -u <your user> it will only show processes started by your user name (replace <your user> with your actual user name):

    top -c -u terdon

    This is the output on my local machine (user terdon is only running two processes):

    top - 17:14:41 up 3 days, 49 min, 14 users,  load average: 0.48, 0.54, 0.55
    Tasks: 228 total,   1 running, 226 sleeping,   0 stopped,   1 zombie
    %Cpu(s):  7.1 us,  5.5 sy,  0.0 ni, 86.5 id,  0.0 wa,  0.0 hi,  0.9 si,  0.0 st
    KiB Mem:   8187940 total,  8007220 used,   180720 free,   349264 buffers
    KiB Swap:  8191996 total,     5556 used,  8186440 free,  4173004 cached
      PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S  %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND                                                       
    31573 terdon    20   0 24900 5576 1684 S   0.0  0.1   0:00.20 bash                                                          
    31763 terdon    20   0  666m  77m  28m S   0.0  1.0   0:02.39 firefox /usr/share/doc/nano/faq.html                          

    For an explanation of the information shown by top, see my answer to a related question on SU.

  • some characters under shell are for special purpose like < > ? " ; ...

    grep PID is not useful because PID is process id and grep will find similar numeric ...

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