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#1 Old 01-10-2009, 07:59 AM
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I've been using Ubuntu for a while now but I haven't explored or studied it much. So: in Windows you can (by ctrl+alt+del for example) see a list of the processes currently running, and end some of them. How can I do this in Ubuntu? One program has a nasty habit of lingering somewhere even though I have closed it.

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#2 Old 01-10-2009, 08:44 AM
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Click on system, then administration. The program you want is called System Monitor. Sorry, I don't know any short-cut way of getting there. Let me know if you find one.
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I don't recall ever finding a shortcut, but I didn't try very hard.
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#4 Old 01-11-2009, 12:01 AM
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Click on system, then administration. The program you want is called System Monitor. Sorry, I don't know any short-cut way of getting there. Let me know if you find one.

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I haven't used Ubuntu much, but usually linux distributations have "top". Can you open a console window and type in top? It should list all processes and the resources they are using.
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yeah I prefer top. Run it at the command line as:



$ top



where "$" is the prompt



This will give you a dynamic list of processes. If you want to kill one, hit "k" and then type in the process id.



You can also get a list of processes using the "ps" command. A useful way to use it is:



$ ps -ef



If you know the command you're looking for you can "grep" for it, such as:



$ ps -ef | grep bad_command





Alternatively you can use the command "killall" to kill all processes that were started will a command such as



$ killall bad_command



Hope this helps.
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Thanks, I tested the top command too.

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... and you can of course also create a clickable shortcut to System Monitor and place it on your Panel. That way it's slightly more accessible.



Even better is of course to define a keyboard shortcut to System Monitor. Just tried this myself:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=79560



The thread is a bit old, but it still works. I used method B.

Hint 1: I couldn't find the GConf editor in my menus, so I started it from the terminal with the command: gconf-editor

Hint 2: The command to start the system monitor is: /usr/bin/gnome-system-monitor

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Even better is of course to define a keyboard shortcut to System Monitor. Just tried this myself:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=79560



The thread is a bit old, but it still works. I used method B.

Hint 1: I couldn't find the GConf editor in my menus, so I started it from the terminal with the command: gconf-editor

Hint 2: The command to start the system monitor is: /usr/bin/gnome-system-monitor



I had no idea that this was possible. I'll give it a try when I get home from work. Thanks!
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