Explaining top(1) on FreeBSD

submited 19 October 2021

We all know and have at least once used the top(1) command on FreeBSD to track information about our cpu and processes, but how many of you know what each field means? By default, top(1) displays the 'top' processes on each system and periodically updates this information every 2.0 seconds using the raw cpu use percentage to rank the processes in the list. This article will give you some insight on how to better understand top (1).

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