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Keep a Watchful Eye with these Console Based Process Viewers

Keep a Watchful Eye with these Console Based Process Viewers

System monitoring can help identify problems before they escalate to emergency status. This type of software is not only useful for network administrators. Home users with a small network or even just a single computer will benefit from notification provided by system monitoring tools. Knowing that free space on the hard disk is running out, or that a process running on your machine is taking vast swathes of resources can be extremely useful.

The top utility will require no introduction to experienced Linux users. It is a tiny utility that provides a dynamic real-time view of a running system, and is regarded as the standard tool for monitoring processes on a system. It helps with system administration by identifying users and processes that are hogging the system. It is also useful for non-system administrators, helping to track and kill errant processes. However, top is showing its age and there are a bunch of utilities that offer a more feature-laden alternative.

Now, let's explore the 7 console based process viewers at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software in action, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Console Process Viewers
Glances Advanced real time system monitoring
htop Provides a full list of processes running
collectl Collects data that describes the current system status
atop Monitor for system resources and process activity
nmon Performance monitoring tool
Saidar Displays live system statistics
sysstat System performance tools

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