top command in terminal

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  1. macindochi macrumors newbie

    macindochi

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    #1
    Hi there,

    Can anyone tell me what this "*" means beside mathematica and mathkernel? I'm using snow leopard.
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  2. jodelli macrumors 65816

    jodelli

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    #2
    An asterisk is usually a wild card used in search and works in web browsers and as a Unix command. The only thing I can think of is that the term 'math' has been flagged somehow.

    edit: maybe something like

    ls math"*"
     
  3. macindochi thread starter macrumors newbie

    macindochi

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    Hello~

    Hmm... does a wild card appear on output? I simply typed 'top' and it just popped. I guess it must be something else.... but thanks! ;-)
     
  4. GoKyu macrumors 65816

    GoKyu

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    #4
    From the Top manual page (in Terminal type: man top)

    For example, I have a - next to these apps:

    iMovie, EyeTV, Firefox, and Photoshop CS4 (being 32 bit apps)

    I guess "non-native architecture" would be PowerPC-based apps.

    Hope this helps!
     
  5. jodelli macrumors 65816

    jodelli

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    I shouldn't think so.
    The asterisk looks out of context here. It's just top, not a debugger or the like.
     
  6. jodelli macrumors 65816

    jodelli

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    #6
    Thanks for pointing this out. I don't have asterisks showing anywhere.
    As you can see I didn't view your post until after I'd already posted.
     

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