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Can you help me to find the PID's user name, Some time my server got high load. When i top -c, I cannot even find the PID's user name who / which is causing load on the server.

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/proc/processID/status will have the information about user's ID which you can use to find the username.

This does the same:

uid=$(awk '/^Uid:/{print $2}' /proc/YOUR_PROCESS_ID/status)
getent passwd "$uid" | awk -F: '{print $1}'

Replace YOUR_PROCESS_ID with your process ID number.

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What do you want exactly? On my system, if I run 'top -c' I get:

  PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S   %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND                                                                                                                        
  2873 matt      20   0 3022m 1.6g 1.6g S     22 21.6   2245:42 /usr/lib/virtualbox/VirtualBox --comment ESX5-1 --startvm 4fd78ee9-739a-4d53-a0ce-4f9819ab9411 --no-startvm-errormsgbox        
  29764matt      20   0 2779m 1.4g 1.3g S      5 18.4 210:33.51 /usr/lib/virtualbox/VirtualBox --comment win2008-2 --startvm 202ec2b7-ae12-40e9-af76-2be429e553d7 --no-startvm-errormsgbox     
  17281root      20   0     0    0    0 S      2  0.0   0:05.90 [kworker/u:2]                                                                                                              

So the PID (processus/task identifier) is the first column, and the user account the processus runs under is the second column

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