Newbie question about calling the top command from rust

So basically, I am trying to write a program that checks which apps and or processes are open. How might I call the top command, then terminate the top command after a few seconds, so I can actually return the output?

pub fn checkapps() -> std::process::Output {
    let openapps = Command::new("sh")
       .expect("failed to execute process");
    return openapps;

This function never actually returns, because the top command goes on indefinitely. How do I fix this?

Running with the -l1 flag (that's a lowercase L and a numeral one) will cause top to terminate after one sample.

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use std::process::Command;

fn main() -> Result<(), std::io::Error> {
    let out = String::from_utf8(
    ).expect("invalid output from top");

    println!("{}", out);

in addition to what @mbrubeck said, for me -b was also necessary for top to be run from inside the application. note that you can spawn top directly without using the shell (sh).


Is there any way I can limit the number of columns and rows of the output? using .arg("COLUMNS=8") does not work.

Looks like top expects COLUMNS as an environment variable. Looks like you want

.env("COLUMNS", "8")
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