How do you keep an eye on RAM, CPU usage, temperature?

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  1. vasa1
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    With Ubuntu 11.10 running Unity 3D, I have two "indicators":
    System Load Indicator 0.2: A system load monitor capable of displaying graphs for CPU, ram, and swap space use, plus network traffic.
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    Hardware Sensors Indicator 0.1: Application Indicator for Unity showing hardware sensors.

    What I like about them is that they're always visible (obviously excluding full screen mode) and take up minimal space.

    The first one comes really handy when I'm using LibreOffice because I do occasionally have "issues" while doing what I think are trivial copy-paste jobs.
  2. Ocky
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    I have yet to find something for Kubuntu 11.10 that resides in the panel and also looks acceptable. Of course there is always conky. I will try that.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2011
  3. linuxforall
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    Ocky the plasmas in Kubuntu do the same albeit less elegantly.
  4. mack_guy911
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    have you tried widgets in kubuntu system info one ........etc
  5. Ocky
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    Yes, am using that, but am looking more for something like this

    Unfortunately it won't compile on Kde 4.7x - or I am doing something wrong. :(
  6. mack_guy911
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    lol

    i wish i know how to do it :D
  7. iceni60
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    iceni60 ( ^o^)

    it's not quite what you asked, but i have these aliases -
    Code:
    $ type memu
    memu is aliased to `ps -e -o rss=,args= | sort -b -k1,1n | pr -TW$COLUMNS'
    Code:
    $ type cpuu
    cpuu is aliased to `ps -e -o pcpu,cpu,nice,state,cputime,args --sort pcpu | sed '/^ 0.0 /d''
    i don't know a lot about lm-sensors, but i just did a search and it seems to have a 'ALARM beep' maybe that can be configured to let you know when things reach an unacceptable temperature? i don't know though, like i said i just did a quick search to see if i could find something :)
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  8. Ocky
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  9. vasa1
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  10. Hungry Man
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    I don't bother much with these anymore. I keep a temperature monitor on my Windows 8 partition for when I'm gaming but that's all.

    I was never satisfied with the linux versions.
  11. linuxforall
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    Apart from indicator-sensor and indicator multiload, there is always Conky which blows away any monitoring system period and Windows world has nothing equivalent, even good old GkrellM can be dressed up to do a swell job. When it comes to monitoring the choices are immense but I find the panel indicators quite useful when running Unity, for KDE I just use the available plasma but when I need all I can get and in a show off mood, I display my Conky.
  12. Ocky
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    My Kubuntu non-conky monitors ..

    My kubuntu monitors.jpg
  13. chrisretusn
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    When I need to get an eye of things, I use GKrellM.
  14. linuxforall
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    KDE has its own plasma so I use them in Chakra, for Ubuntu I use indicator-multiload and psensor which integrate nicely into the top bar.
  15. vasa1
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    I have the first but what is psensor?
  16. BrandiCandi
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    Did you use them on a laptop? I tried 4 or 5 different indicators on Ubuntu and they were all really buggy- they reported incorrect or no temperatures, etc.
  17. vasa1
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    Yes, I'm using them on a laptop ... Dell Inspiron 1545 N (200:cool:. I'll not give the exact names and versions rignt not because I'm testing out 12.04 from a pendrive.

    But while no temp is easy to spot, how can we know that the temperature being shown is incorrect or correct?

    (Just from memory, the two are (Hoffman's ?) indicator-multiload ppa and Alex Murray's ppa.)
  18. linuxforall
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    Sadly no indicator-hardware sensors for Precise yet.
  19. vasa1
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    Won't the indicator-multiload work on Precise?

    It does :thumb:
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  22. Beavenburt
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    Personally not that bothered about monitoring. Used to use conky but now I just have a sneeky peek at htop should I feel like checking ram and CPU usage. Have never been concerned with temps.
  23. apathy
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    ....HTOP!
  24. BrandiCandi
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    I'd like to have one for when I've got multiple VMs running. Those can really eat up CPU quickly.
  25. jitte
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    I like GKrellM best.
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