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Process Control

Process Control

Process Control

I have a "runaway" process filling up /home, and I can't determine which one it is with ps -ef. I wish I had "top" but I don't on this machine. Is there a way to get it from the Internet? Or what is the best way to search for this out of control process?


RE: Process Control

top is a must have for troubleshooting, go to;
http://www.sunfreeware.com/ and you can download it...

RE: Process Control

Also have a look for "lsof". This will show what processes are using an open file, and much more. "lsof /home" would show all processes that are accessing files on /home.

An often forgotten standard utility is "fuser" (/usr/sbin/fuser on Solaris). If you know the name of the file that is being generated then do:

/usr/sbin/fuser /home/filename

This should list PIDs for processes accessing the file.

RE: Process Control

Thank you for your help. I went to Sun's webpage, and I'm
in the process of installing TOP (/usr/local/bin), but
getting the following error message when doing 'make install':

make install
sh: /bin/cc: not found
*** Error code 1
make: Fatal error: Command failed for target `top.o'

RE: Process Control

Since Solaris 2.x, Sun no longer includes a C compiler with the OS. You have to purchase your own or, preferrable, load the freely available GNU gcc compiler.

You can find many useful applications at:


Hope that helps,

RE: Process Control

Also take a look at http://www.sunfreeware.com - lots of pre-compiled goodies on there for Solaris 2.5 up. Top is on there for SPARC and Intel for Solaris 2.5 and 2.6, at least.

RE: Process Control

You can also get the GNU gcc compiler at sunfreeware.com, in case you need to compile something in the future. Definately look at lsof, I have had instances where the process did not showup in anything but lsof when I had a similar problem.

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