A quick look at 'glances' the best of htop and atop with web ui options and remote cli based monitor

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I was going to do a write up on lowendspirit about this but as its already well documented I decided to do a shorter awareness-raising post here instead.

I found it at random while not looking, it was mentioned on something I was reading almost as a throwaway comment but when I looked into it I was surprised it has never come up here before as its pretty nice.

glances

https://nicolargo.github.io/glances/

Glances is a cross-platform system monitoring tool written in Python.

  • Standalone
  • Client/Server
  • Web server

Docs and quick start guide: https://glances.readthedocs.io/en/latest/index.html

Quick and dirty overview:

Running in cli: glances

Enabling web ui (security options exist but I am not using them for this example): glances -w -B 148.163.76.158 -p 8080

You can also connect to another server over cli with the client/server mode, just a scrrenshot from the docs and link: https://glances.readthedocs.io/en/latest/quickstart.html#client-server-mode

That's it, just a quick dirty awareness post for something new (to me) I thought I would share.

Ant.

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  • AnthonySmithAnthonySmith AdministratorHosting Provider

    I will love that running for a bit so people can have a look: http://148.163.76.158:8080/

    No security considerations have been taken at all, it is just a test VPS I will flatten in a few days.

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  • htop got a big 3.0 update a couple days ago...but don't think it's live yet in the distro repos

  • Looks useful, like you I'd never heard of it before your post and yet it has debian packages going way back. Thanks.

    Going to be a bit cramped on my VT220 though =)

  • It was mentioned en-passant in a thread about monitoring tools a year ago (more or less) :)
    The web server used to have some some hiccups in some configurations, YMMV

    If you're into fancy, themeable htop alternatives, you may give bashtop a try. It has now a python port too, warmly recommended by the author.

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    @mfs said:
    It was mentioned en-passant in a thread about monitoring tools a year ago (more or less) :)
    The web server used to have some some hiccups in some configurations, YMMV

    If you're into fancy, themeable htop alternatives, you may give bashtop a try. It has now a python port too, warmly recommended by the author.

    Cheers, I will for sure have a look!

    I think I really need to talk someone into writing one specifically for the VPS industry as I find I need to use 3 or 4 sometimes to get the full picture when troubleshooting.

    That said I was super happy when atop added container support for openVZ 7.

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    @havoc said:
    htop got a big 3.0 update a couple days ago...but don't think it's live yet in the distro repos

    interesting, got any screenshots?

  • havochavoc OG
    edited September 7

    @SpeedBus said:

    @havoc said:
    htop got a big 3.0 update a couple days ago...but don't think it's live yet in the distro repos

    interesting, got any screenshots?

    edit...getting a bit off track here. Sorry OP

    Looks similar. But old authors haven't worked on it in like a year. Some new ppl took over and pushed a ton of fixes

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  • AnthonySmithAnthonySmith AdministratorHosting Provider

    @havoc said:

    @SpeedBus said:

    @havoc said:
    htop got a big 3.0 update a couple days ago...but don't think it's live yet in the distro repos

    interesting, got any screenshots?

    edit...getting a bit off track here. Sorry OP

    Looks similar. But old authors haven't worked on it in like a year. Some new ppl took over and pushed a ton of fixes

    Go as off topic as you want :)

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  • I used netdata in the past, web based and you can build your own dashboard to pull stats you want from multiple servers.

    looks like they have a major update recently as well.

    a lot of eye candy.

    The all seeing eye sees everything...

  • Nice.

    Though I still like bashtop ☺️

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  • AnthonySmithAnthonySmith AdministratorHosting Provider

    update on the htop 2.x vs htop 3.x

    Essentially just more support for other bits as per the changelog the UI is the same:

    2.x

    3.x

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  • AnthonySmithAnthonySmith AdministratorHosting Provider

    Bashtop on the other hand may be the best 'looking' one hands down.

    For a second during launch, I was expecting a commodore 64 game to start :)

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  • glances is slowly becoming my new fav!

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