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How do I identify the unix process using the maximum CPU. since i am not a power user.. will i be able to find it using ps command? Also, I login to the server using SSH client or telnet..

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You use top, by default it lists the most CPU hungry processes at the top. And it has a field for process ID.

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this is easy way to get the info, than the combination of ps & other commands! Thanks – Abdel Olakara Nov 10 '09 at 12:35
UNIX95= ps -e -o  pcpu,pid,user,args | sort -r | head -1
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htop is top with colours...

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Sorted from most demanding to least demanding:
ps -arcwwwxo "command %cpu"

Just the first ten:
ps -arcwwwxo "command %cpu" | head -13

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