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11.9. Number of Processes

ps ax | wc -l | tr -d " " OR ps ax | wc -l | awk '{print $1}' OR ps ax | wc -l | sed -e "s: ::g". In each case, tr or awk or sed is used to remove the undesirable whitespace.

Relative speed: any one of these variants takes about 0.9 seconds on an unloaded 486SX25.