Saturday, October 13, 2007

Topping top: htop

Top is a very handy and common application. But there is always room for improvement, even in common and simple programs. In this case, meet htop. It performs a similar function to top, viz. showing you what is using your system's CPU, memory, or other resources. However, htop presents this information is a much friendlier graphical way.

On Ubuntu, install is a snap. Make sure you have the universe repos enabled, and then run sudo apt-get install htop.

And no more obscure commands to remember for configuring layout and appearance. There is a handy list of commands at the bottom of the display. In addition, that display is in a wide range of handy colors (also configurable of course). The whole presentation is easier to read, and a lot easier to customize.

As mentioned, there are a lot of options for htop. Once you configure things and exit htop, your changes are saved to a .htoprc in your home directory. To see the basic options I have set, you can check out my .htoprc.

I like to have top (and now htop) running in the top left of my dual monitor setup. Using fluxbox, this is rather easy. See my .fluxbox startup and apps files.


Blogger Christopher Blunck said...

Can you show us a screenshot? We like eye candy....

October 13, 2007 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger by Immortal Curiosity said...

I should have known! One is there now:-)

October 13, 2007 at 5:54 PM  

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