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Managing System Information, Processes, and Performance in Oracle® Solaris 11.4

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Updated: August 2021

Tasks and Commands for Managing System Processes

This section summarizes the various tasks for managing system processes. It also lists commands for managing these processes. The various tasks you can perform on system processes include:

The following list describes system management commands. The commands are shown in man page form.


Assigns processes to a priority class and manages process priorities. See dispadmin Command in Oracle Solaris 11.4 Programming Interfaces Guide.


Changes the priority of a timesharing process. See Changing the Priority of a Process.

pargs(1) and preap(1)

Assist with process debugging. See Debugging a Process.

pgrep(1), ps(1), and prstat(8)

Check the status of active processes on a system, and also display detailed information about the processes. See Example 7, Listing Processes.


With pgrep(1), finds or signals processes by name or other attribute, and terminates the process. Instead of having the process ID printed, each matching process is signaled similar to the kill(1) command. See How to Terminate a Process With the pkill Command.


Lists default process scheduling policies. See Changing the Scheduling Priority of Processes.


Binds specific process groups to a group of processors rather than to just a single processor.