number of processes reported by top versus ps

Dan Mahoney, System Admin danm at
Thu Feb 15 08:19:58 UTC 2007

On Thu, 15 Feb 2007, Christian Walther wrote:

Aah, that's right, threads.  Forgot about those.


> On 15/02/07, Dan Mahoney, System Admin <danm at> wrote:
>> Hey all,
>> I'm getting about a hundred more processes reported by ps aux|wc -l versus
>> the total number of processes in top.  Is this a "normal" thing?  My
>> system's been under some heavy load in the past couple days, but it's all
>> presumably stable now.
> ps -aux and top hide different processes by default. Use top -S to
> show all system processes, too. This is the same as doing a ps -auxH
> Read the manpages of both commands for more information of what all
> these options do.
>> -Dan
> Christian


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