Linux Candy

Linux Candy: Rusty Aquarium – monitoring by visualization

Rusty Aquarium is a utility that’s billed as a “monitoring visualization as an aquarium” software.

The program should not be confused with traditional real-time systems monitoring tools such as top and other alternatives.

This open source utility is written in Rust.


Rusty Aquarium is open source software so we can compile the project’s source code. The project also supplies binaries for Linux, macOS, and Windows.

For our Linux systems, we tested the software using the Linux binary; file rusty-aquarium-linux-v0.15.0.tar.gz from the project’s GitHub releases section.

This compressed tarball isn’t perfectly organized. Running the command $ tar zxvf rusty-aquarium-linux-v0.15.0.tar.gz creates a folder named assets, and all files bar one are extracted into that newly created directory. But the file rusty-aquarium is placed in the directory where you run the tar command. That isn’t good practice. You may therefore want to create your own directory, move the tar.gz file into that directory, before extracting the compressed tarball with the tar command.

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  1. When trying to build on Debian I’m getting an error

    error: linker ‘x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu-gcc’ not found

    Any ideas how to fix?

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