Useful tools for everybody, was Re: Plasmoids and Power Consumption

Myriam Schweingruber myriam at
Thu Apr 16 17:07:01 UTC 2009

Hi Ulrich,

On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 18:40, Ulrich GrĂ¼n <ulrich.gruen at> wrote:
> 2009/4/16 Myriam Schweingruber <myriam at>:
>> There is another tool for the command line I use all the time: htop
>> It is a very nice way to monitor the system on the command line, I let
>> it run in a tab of konsole and have it handy when I need to check
>> something. The biggest strength: the filtering possibilities so I can
>> monitor by CPU or memory usage or whatever else I need to know.
>> IMHO, htop should replace top as the standard monitoring tool in
>> Linux, it is so much more usable and shows the individual cores,
>> memory and swap usage work with a graphical bar.
>> Regards, Myriam.
> Also very nice and X is 'qps' (
> When I have to kill some process (Amarok, most of the time),

OT: I wonder why and which version... I run 2.1-SVN here and have to
kill it only very rarely.

> I type the first letter of that process, after which only that process is
> shown. Selecting the process with the cursor and pressing <del>,
> terminates it. 'qps' has a lot of features you can only dream of ...
> ;-)

Hm, you do know that a simple 'killall -9 amarok' does the trick too?
No need for a graphical app IMHO. Also, what do you do if you need
such an app outside an X environment? htop also works in a terminal
session and really is one of the most valuable apps I know for system

Another possibility which is built in KDE, is the 'Xkill' feature:
Ctrl+Alt+Esc gives you a 'X' which you place on the title bar of the
app you want to kill, then simply click and the work is done.

Regards, Myriam

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