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Is it possible, as an option, to ignore the gnome-system-monitor process itself from the gnome-system-monitor calculation (% cpu, etc.) ?

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Is it possible, as an option, to ignore the gnome-system-monitor process itself from the gnome-system-monitor calculation:

No. That would make all the figures inaccurate, wouldn't it? e.g. if gnome-system-monitor was consuming 2% of CPU, so you only had 98% available, but excluding it showed that you had 100% available?

Try the Processes tab sorted by CPU usage.

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that would tell him how much relative performance each of the running processes needs – johann_ka Aug 22 '15 at 2:36

Instead of looking at the processes tab, just open up a terminal and run top. It will still appear in the list of processes but uses far fewer CPU cycles than the greedy gnome-system-monitor does.

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