Process State

This column reflects the last observed state of each process. State names vary from system to system. These states are analagous to those that appear in the process states line: the second line of the display. The more common state names are listed below.

cpu Assigned to a CPU and currently running
run Currently able to run
sleep Awaiting an external event, such as input from a device
stop Stopped by a signal, as with control Z
swap Virtual address space swapped out to disk
zomb Exited, but parent has not called "wait" to receive the exit status