How to find which processes are eating memory in Linux

Posted by ggarron on Dec 9, 2010 11:50 AM EDT
Go2linux; By Guillermo Garron
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"If you are running out of RAM on your Linux system, you will want to find the culprit in order to solve the problem, either by reconfiguring the RAM-hungry application or by stopping it." "We'll use ps, awk, head and sort with a pipe, to find out which application is consuming our RAM" "List running processes ordered by RAM usage" ps aux | awk '{print $2, $4, $11}' | sort -k2rn | head -n 20"

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