Review of almost all *top utilities for linux (atop, iotop, htop, foobartop, etc.)

We all know that top is the simplest and most common utility in this list. It shows roughly the same as vmstat utility in addition to that it provides rating of processes for the consumption of the memory or the CPU. It does not know anything about the network loading or discs. It allows a minimal set of operations with the process: renice and kill. A suffix "top" got all the other similar utilities in this review.


Atop is an ASCII full-screen performance monitor that is capable of reporting the activity of all processes (even if processes have finished during the interval), daily logging of system and process activity for long-term analysis, highlighting overloaded system resources by using colors, etc. At regular intervals, it shows system-level activity related to the CPU, memory, swap, disks, and network layers, and for every active process it shows the CPU utilization, the memory growth, priority, username, state, and exit code.

In contrast to the top, it knows about the existence of block devices and network interfaces, as well it is capable to show their loading as a percentage (at 10G, however, a percentage does not work, but at least it shows the number of megabytes).
MeLavi 10 november 2011, 13:14