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Old 10-14-2004, 06:46 AM   #1
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Equivalent of Windows XP's Task Manager?

If you press Ctrl+Alt+Del when running Windows XP, the Task Manager comes up. This is a really neat utility that lists the running processes, how much RAM each process is using, how much CPU time each process is using, the page faults for each process, and alot more. When something suddenly starts doing something, I always bring up the task manager to see what's going on.

Well sometimes something in Linux does something weird and I'd really like to see what each process is doing, but I know of no way to. "ps -e" lists running processes, but with no information on them, and my distro (Yoper, comes with KDE) appears to have no utilities that are like TaskMan.

Is there a terminal command for what I want, or a program to download?
Old 10-14-2004, 06:51 AM   #2
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top is probably the closest for continual cpu info updates etc... gnome and kde should have their own built in equivalents, e.g. gtop in gnome.
Old 10-14-2004, 07:12 AM   #3
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KDE has a utility called the KDE System Guard (ksysguard), and Gnome, if you ever decide to use, has one called Gnome System Monitor (gnome-system-moniotr). You should be able to find KDE System Guard under the K-Menu, I forget exactly where. I think it's under "System Utilities on my Distro (FC2).
Old 10-14-2004, 07:13 AM   #4
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Hey, you're right, I ran "top" and it's the kind of thing I was looking for. Thanks! edit: Ah, new reply, and KDE System Guard is better, even. Cool. I had browsed the menus but the name "System Guard" didn't sound like anything relevant so I hadn't tried it. Anyway it looks good.

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