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CLI for Noobies: A Primer on the Linux Command Line by Joe Barr

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Chapter 22. The Lowdown on Top

Top has lots of secrets to tell. So many, in fact, that I have to squeeze the font size of its output as small as I can make it in order for it to display legibly on the pages of this book. My apologies to all the sighting-impaired.

Let’s start with the basics. Just enter top at a command line and see what it has to say. Here’s the first 12 lines of output on my desktop box:

top - 22:28:20 up 1 day,  3:11,  2 users,  load
The Lowdown on Top average: 0.21, 0.11, 0.09
Tasks: 103 total,   1 running, 102 sleeping,   0
The Lowdown on Top stopped, 0 zombie Cpu(s): 4.9% ...

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