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I am doing my GCSE coursework and I need to find out how a professional has used the top command along with the ps and kill commands to diagnose a misbehaving system.
Have you read the man pages for each command? The ps command provides a snapshot of active processes. kill sends a signal to a specific process. Since kill uses the PID of a process the way to find it is from ps.
In general, the kill command is intended to send a signal to the process. By default, if we do not specify which signal to send, a signal SIGTERM (from the word termination) is sent. SIGTERM indicates to the process that it is necessary to terminate. Here and in my blog you can read more about these commands.
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