Bart Silverstrim bsilver at
Wed Sep 19 20:41:04 UTC 2007

Michael R. Head wrote:
> 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
> effect.

So the atop I see running in the background is just the default 
"collector" from running, at some point, an install for atop from 
synaptic or apt-get, and when I "sudo atop" it's talking to that 
background daemon...?

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