Encountering a “ps: command not found” or “procps: command not found” error when trying to use the ps command for process listing on Linux can be confusing. But with the right troubleshooting techniques, the issue can be quickly diagnosed and resolved.
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll demystify the root causes of the ps command not found error, explain the role of the procps and procps-ng packages, and walk through solutions like reinstalling procps, using pgrep, leveraging /proc parsing, and installing alternative utilities.
Follow along to gain the ability to view and examine processes on any Linux system regardless of ps availability. Let’s overcome this common Linux error once and for all!
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