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I am starting to use Cygwin(64) on my Windows 8 laptop, however, the top command is not recognized. I have read online that I need to get the procps package, but it is not available on the 'Cygwin Setup' package selections. How should I go about installing the procps package so that I can use top?

ps. for whatever reason ps and kill both work so I would think top would be included in whatever package allowed those guys to work, but there is no top command.

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Many packages are not yet available for the 64-bit Cygwin, which is quite new, but this will improve over time. I'd stick with 32-bit Cygwin unless you have a compelling need for the 64-bit one. – jjlin Aug 10 '13 at 18:38

The procps package is now available for 64-bit Cygwin (as of Nov. 21, 2013) using the most recent setup executable available on the Cygwin site. I just downloaded the procps package from the hoobly mirror and now top is available to me from 64-bit Cygwin on my Windows 8 machine.


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You need to install the procps package. See here:

procps: Utilities for monitoring your system and processes on your system.

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Right, I saw that page many times, but it is just text on a webpage. Where is the downloadable source? Even if I download the source, how do I set it up to install without using the Cygwin Setup? – drjrm3 Aug 10 '13 at 17:57
there might be a way to install it without using setup, but i do not know it. if procps is already installed in your system and top is not working or cannot be found, you might need to update the package. cygwin uses setup.exe to update/install packages because sometimes even dlls need updating so it has to be done outside the cygwin. – johnshen64 Aug 10 '13 at 18:21

Unfortunately at this time it seems that procps does not have a 64 bit version from cygwin.

You can use the 32 bit version of cygwin and install procps. That package contains the top command and more system monitoring utilities.

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