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Old 01-30-2011, 08:06 PM   #1
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Linux task manager equivalent

Hi all,

I'm developing an application logger software. I should make a log file that contains all the applications opened by user. Under Windows is not matter, I could solve it using the tasklist. Under Linux it's a little bit different, because I can get the whole list of running processes olny using command ps. So I need some command/tool or any way to get the list of applications physically opened by user - e.g. list of opened windows.

ps.: it should be a cross-platform logger application

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This command will provide the list of windows opened:

wmctrl -l
From 'man wmctrl':

wmctrl is a command that can be used to interact with an X Window manager that is compatible with the EWMH/NetWM specification. wmctrl can query the window manager for information, and it can request that certain window management actions be taken.
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it works, thanks a lot (Y)
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