top(1) annoyances

Chris Turner c.turner at
Fri Sep 24 00:07:09 PDT 2010

Samuel J. Greear wrote:
2010/9/23 Max Herrgård <herrgard at>:
Personally, it doesn't bother me, not sure what the big deal is.
its top. it's supposed to be all arcane and unixy. you're supposed to 
*know* that your terminal is too small for all your processes.
or something. I dunno.

Wouldn't mind seeing it fill the terminal and display more than the
maximum of 26? processes if it can, though.
what like drop the whole header?

or just the line btw the header and the actual


this is the status line for various status messages
and would probably take some mangling..
not trying to get too involved with top internals -
ostensibly it's a 3rd party-base thing[1] and therefore subject
to the usual maintinance / patching stuff..
but, wondering what you mean.

while we're on the subject- anyone know about the status
of the various statii-displays in the help menu on other OS'es
that use "real" top..
I notice a few of our displays don't work.. wondering
what the state of the art in top technology is these days..
could become yet another mini-project.
also: while on the subject of various diagnostic tools - I also
note that systat on openbsd has grown some nice PF related
monitors that perhaps someone wants to tackle at some point..
ok. yeah. will get this patch in before the branch.

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