Making top look nice

All Linux distros ship with the utility top from procps. It is really useful, but not as appealing as that of the likes of htop.

top orig

After using top for 17-18 years, I discovered that it's possible to tweak the appearance of it. My top now lists CPU load per core, it has graphical bars for representing memory and CPU usage, it lists complete commands with options and it even has 8 colours to choose for 4 targets! (the lesson as always is to RTFM).

top tweaked

My .toprc can be found here.

Happy monitoring!

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