top(1) annoyances

Samuel J. Greear sjg at
Fri Sep 24 06:52:13 PDT 2010

On Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 1:03 AM, Chris Turner
<c.turner at> wrote:
> 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..
> hmm..
> ok. yeah. will get this patch in before the branch.
> .. [1] Top:

Nothing that complicated :) -- I just meant it seems limited to
displaying 26 processes, or 33 lines/rows total, no matter how many
lines your terminal has.


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