Use HTOP and forget top.

Time to Breakup with “top” command. Your new flame should be “htop”.

Htop, an interactive process viewer for Linux. It is a text-mode application (for console or X terminals) and requires ncurses.

Some of the benefits of using HTOP are:

1. In ‘htop’ you can scroll the list vertically and horizontally to see all processes and complete command lines.

2. In ‘top’ you are subject to a delay for each unassigned key you press (especially annoying when multi-key escape sequences are triggered by accident).

3. ‘htop’ starts faster.

4. In ‘htop’ you don’t need to type the process number to kill a process, in ‘top’ you do.

5. In ‘htop’ you don’t need to type the process number or the priority value to renice a process, in ‘top’ you do.

6. ‘htop’ supports mouse operation, ‘top’ doesn’t

7. ‘top’ is older, hence, more used and tested.

Here is a screenshot of my htop from my machine.

Htop for process management

Htop Command for Process Management