Command line tips - listing with ps

Listing processes is quite a common task you might have to perform if you're messing around with your command line interface.

There are actually two great command line tools for listing processes, but in this tip post, I'm going to focus on ps.

If you run the command just on its own, you won't get all that many processes show up:

$ ps
  PID TTY          TIME CMD

3475 ...

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Command line tips - colour your ls output

Now some distributions do this for you already, but some don't. What am I talking about? Colouring the output of our great command line friend, ls.

Coloured output from ls can serve many purposes. It can help you to identify directories from files, and it highlights other things, like whether a file is executable or not, whether a symlink is broken or not and many other things.

If you ...

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Five Free apps you use every day and never realise

In no particular order, let's take a quick look at some free/open source software that you are very likely to use (even if indirectly) every single day, and you don't even realise exists.

Of course, if you're a geek (or just have some knowledge of this kind of stuff), you might know about some, or all, of these applications, but still, it's easy to take ...

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