I typed the following command in order to be able to view more than one screen of the top command:
top -b -d 1 > ~/top.list
I pressed 'control q' for the command to stop.
I located the top.list file and it was quite large even though the command hadn't been running for long.
My question is, was 'control q' enough to stop the command or might the top.list file be created again?
thanks for your help.