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Old 12-29-2006, 10:01 AM   #1
Robert Diggs
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Processes(sp?) in Linux


I have a few questions about the processes that Linux uses. I know a few of them might be distro specific (I'm using Suse 10.0), but which of these are crucial to operation and which ones can I live without? How do I view these processes (like a task manager for windows)? What purpose do they serve (I know some are program specific)? You can point me in the direction of a website and I'll read up there.

Thanks a lot,

Old 12-29-2006, 10:28 AM   #2
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HI, if you want to see all processes, just type ps -uax into a terminal; if you want to see how much a process uses of system resources, run "top" in a terminal. There also is pstree to see process dependencies. If you run gnome, there a little application called "gnome system monitor" that can also show the processes (In KDE there is surely an equivalent).
which ones can I live without?
Well, depends on a lot of things you want (do you want a GUI? a firewall? network with DHCP? etc... And as for what every process does, you can try googling the name of the process you want to know more about.



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