How many processes are your new iMacs spawning a day

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Kadath, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Kadath macrumors regular

    May 28, 2006
    Yesterday I noted that my iMac's processes were numbering in the tens of thousands when I had to kill -9 iTunes because it was hard locked.... I rebooted my machine today and since noon it has spawned over 5 thousand processes. This seems excessive to the extreme for a machine that was mostly idle.

    So how many are yours pumping out per day and is there an easy way to see what is creating all these new ones???
  2. bmcgrath macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2006
    London, United Kingdom
    Hang on... Are you saying activity monitor had over 5k processes showing up in the window!?
  3. LPZ, Feb 19, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013

    LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
    Please open Activity Monitor (in Utilities) and press ⌘1. In the Activity Monitor window that appears, click on CPU near the bottom of the window. What number do you see next to "Processes"?

    Maybe you are misinterpreting the numbers that are used to label the processes (the PID's) with the number of active processes?
  4. Kadath thread starter macrumors regular

    May 28, 2006
    Will check that tonight. Was using PIDs via ps -eaf not activity monitor...
  5. LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
    If you prefer, you can paste the following into Terminal and press return.

    top -l 1 | grep "Processes"

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