System Administration

Excellent System Utilities: CPU-X – system profiler tool

Text-based user interface

In addition to the utility’s attractive GTK interface, there’s also the option to run the software from a console.

The command

$ cpu-x -N

starts the program with its text-based user interface.

CPU-X - CPU - Text based

There’s support for Vim-keys and other key mappings.

There’s also the ability to dump all data to standard output and exit. This is performed by running the command:

$ cpu-x -D

This is a useful way to capture the system’s information and can be easily relayed to others; useful if you’re looking for help from others.

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Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Text-based user interface
Page 4 – Summary


Complete list of articles in this series:

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BleachBitSystem cleaning software. Quick and easy way to service your computer
btop++Monitor usage and stats for CPU, memory, disks, network and processes
catfishVersatile file searching software
ClonezillaPartition and disk cloning software
CPU-XSystem profiler with both a GUI and text-based
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dustMore intuitive version of du written in Rust
f3Detect and fix counterfeit flash storage
Fail2banBan hosts that cause multiple authentication errors
fdupesFind or delete duplicate files
FirejailRestrict the running environment of untrusted applications
GlancesCross-platform system monitoring tool written in Python
GPartedResize, copy, and move partitions without data
gtopSystem monitoring dashboard
hyperfineCommand-line benchmarking tool
inxiCommand-line system information tool that's a time-saver for everyone
journalctlQuery and display messages from the journal
KrusaderAdvanced, twin-panel (commander-style) file manager
NeofetchSystem information tool written in Bash
NmapNetwork security tool that builds a "map" of the network
nmonSystems administrator, tuner, and benchmark tool
nnnPortable terminal file manager that's amazingly frugal
petSimple command-line snippet manager
PingnooGraphical representation for traceroute and ping output
ps_memAccurate reporting of software's memory consumption
TimeshiftSimilar to Windows' System Restore functionality, Time Machine Tool in Mac OS
QDirStatQt-based directory statistics
QJournalctlGraphical User Interface for systemd’s journalctl
TLPMust-have tool for anyone running Linux on a notebook
UnisonConsole and graphical file synchronization software
VeraCryptStrong disk encryption software
VentoyCreate bootable USB drive for ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files
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2 comments

  1. It’s what people usually recommend as far as I’ve seen. I’d have to check out how CPU-X differs before making any claims though.

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