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Is there a way to start system monitor app, from the console ?? I am not talking about terminal. I am talking about Ctrl + Alt + F1 mode

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

you can use htop also and its more featured than top .

if you want to test it , then you have install it with

sudo apt-get install htop

after that type htop .

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Depending on what your interested in, you might also want a specilized monitoring tool like iptraf, to monitor network traffic (very useful on a router) – alci Sep 22 '12 at 15:23
@alci thank you i will remember that . – Raja Sep 22 '12 at 15:25

You can try the top command to have a system monitor in console. It will display the CPU usage for the processes running in your machine.

Another alternative is conky-cli. You can install it with the command

sudo apt-get install conky-cli

or using the link conky-cli Install conky-cli

After installation, start it with conky command.

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