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htop by Hisham Muhammad <email@example.com> May, 2004 - December, 2010 Introduction ~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is htop, an interactive process viewer. It requires ncurses. It is tested with Linux 2.6, but is also reported to work (and was originally developed) with the 2.4 series. Note that, while, htop is Linux specific -- it is based on the Linux /proc filesystem -- it is also reported to work with FreeBSD systems featuring a Linux-compatible /proc. This is, however, unsupported. Contact the packager for your system when reporting problems on platforms other than Linux. This software has evolved considerably during the last years, and is reasonably complete, but there is still room for improvement. Read the TODO file to see what's known to be missing. Comparison between 'htop' and 'top' ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ * In 'htop' you can scroll the list vertically and horizontally to see all processes and full command lines. * In 'top' you are subject to a delay for each unassigned key you press (especially annoying when multi-key escape sequences are triggered by accident). * 'htop' starts faster ('top' seems to collect data for a while before displaying anything). * In 'htop' you don't need to type the process number to kill a process, in 'top' you do. * In 'htop' you don't need to type the process number or the priority value to renice a process, in 'top' you do. * In 'htop' you can kill multiple processes at once. * 'top' is older, hence, more tested. Compilation instructions ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You will need shtool, automake, autoconf. Just run this line in your console: $ libtoolize --force ; aclocal ; autoheader ; automake --force-missing --add-missing ; autoconf ; ./configure ; make Make sure if you don't have htop already installed from your distro. Uninstall that, and then: $ sudo make install