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Htop, a tip-top ncurses interactive tool for system monitoring your desktop

Mar 27, 2009, 03:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary Richmond)

[ Thanks to steve hill for this link. ]

"You won't be out in the cold with this one. All GNU/Linux distros come with top installed. It's older than Richard Stallman’s beard. Don't believe me? Just do top in a console. If you don't get a (detailed) output I'll ditch free software and start using Windows again. The output of top is not exactly too easy on the eye (although it is a good idea to set the foreground and background colours to improve visibility). The presentation is no eye candy.Here's my output as I write:

"See what I mean? The screenshot is literally a snapshot courtesy of Ksnaphot utility but top itself is, to quote the man page, a dynamic real-time view of a running system. If I had run a desktop recording utility instead you would see the output updating in real time. The manpage also informs you that the output is configurable and that configurations can be made persistent across restarts. Top is interactive, yes, but not obviously so. While top is running you need to hit the H key to see the options and then hit any other key to return to the output. Left to the default setting top updates in real time which can be a little annoying when you want to take a closer look at a particular system process or what resources are being hogged by a particular application."

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