Michael R. Head burner at
Wed Sep 19 20:19:00 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-09-19 at 16:10 -0400, Bart Silverstrim wrote:
> Another question...they're just pouring out today.
> I see a process called "atop" running on my system, and it looks like 
> it's running in the background from /etc/init.d...pstree shows it is 
> definitely from init.

"atop" is a program like "top" except that it uses a daemon (background
process) to collect its information. It is not installed by default.

If you don't like it, just remove the "atop" package (using synaptic or
by doing "sudo apt-get remove atop"). 

You can use synaptic to determine if you have another package installed
that depends on it, or you can do "apt-cache rdepends atop" for the same

> Can someone explain if it's used for something else as a dependancy, or 
> if I can somehow connect to it and get statistics from it or something? 
>   I can run it as a utility at the command prompt, but I sure didn't run 
> it separately before and it looks like there's a binary data log in 
> /var/log from it.
> -Bart
Michael R. Head <burner at>
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