I just realized I’ve never blogged about a really cool tool that I’m sure you’ll be impressed with. If you’ve used top, or use top to ever try to get an idea of what is running on your machine you’ll really like htop.
From the package description:
Htop is an ncurses-based process viewer similar to top, but it allows to scroll the list vertically and horizontally to see all processes and their full command lines. Tasks related to proccesses (killing, renicing) can be done without entering their PIDs.
Yeah, that’s right. You can actually see the whole process including options and arguments. You can scroll down off the current page to see what else is running. It also looks a lot prettier, and I know how much you like your pretty applications.
Installing htop is as easy as you might guess:
sudo aptitude install htop
That’s it. Then run htop and get a better view of what is running on your machine. I would add a section here on how to use it, but its so simple I don’t think I need to. All the shortcut keys are listed at the bottom.
Tomorrow I’ll show you how to bypass the F10 limitation when used with gnome-terminal. ..you’ll see what I mean when you try to use it. 🙂