gprocmeter3 - A user friendly system monitoring program.
gprocmeter3|procmeter3-gtk1|procmeter3-gtk2 [-h|--help] [-w
<hint1>[,<hint2>]] [--rc=<filename>] [--...] [...] [GTK program
ProcMeter Displays one or more pieces of information about the
operating system and other resources. Most of the information that is
displayed comes from the /proc filesystem. The program is modular and
The command line options are described below.
-h Provides a help message listing the available outputs. This
will be different for different computers depending on the Linux
kernel version that is being used and the hardware/software that
-w Gives Extended Window Manager hints (EWMH) to change the way
that the Window Manager treats the ProcMeter3 window.
Implemented hints are: above, below, skip_pager, skip_taskbar,
You can give more than one hint separated by commas (e. g. -w
above,skip_taskbar,sticky), or use -w multiple times (e. g. -w
above -w sticky).
Load the specified .procmeterrc file in stead of the searching
in the usual places.
--... A list of configuration file options that will override the
values in the .procmeterrc file. The format of these options is
(for example) --resources.background=grey50 which is equivalent
to the entry in the .procmeterrc file of
background = grey50
All spaces around the equal sign must be removed and if spaces
are required in the value on the right hand side then quotes
must be used around the entire command line option.
... A list of names of outputs that are to be displayed. This can
include any of the outputs that are available (see the -h
option). For the CPU usage is in a module named Statistics with
an output named CPU and there are graph (-g), text (-t) and bar
(-b) options. To display the CPU usage graph you would use the
command line option Statistics.CPU-g
GTK program options
The standard set of GTK program options. These include
--display to set the display to use.
X window options
The only standard X Windows program option that is accepted is
-geometry to set the size of the window.
When started the program will display all of the requested information
in a set of output panels (vertically aligned by default). Each output
can be either a graph, text or bar, and can have a label indicating
what it represents. The outputs that are displayed are those from the
command line and those from the .procmeterrc configuration file.
The left mouse button will produce a menu of options that are specific
to the output that is selected. The Properties option on this menu
will give more detailed information about the origin and meaning of the
information that is displayed. When the properties information window
is displayed, clicking on another output will change the displayed
information. The Move to Above and Move to Below options allow the
output to be moved around in the window. Selecting one of these
options will change the mouse cursor to a hand, use this to select
another output. The output that was selected first will be moved to
above or below the output that was selected second. The Run option on
the menu (which may not be available on all outputs) will run the
specified command. This may be to display a list of running processes,
show the amount of free memory or disk space for example. This menu
option is configurable in the .procmeterrc file.
The right mouse button will produce a set of menus that list the
modules that are available and for each of them the available set of
outputs. There are three types of output, text and two graphical
outputs, these are indicated in the sub-menus by icons. Selecting one
of the outputs from a sub-menu will cause that output to be displayed
if it is not already visible. If it is currently displayed then it
will be disabled. Those that are currently displayed are indicated by
a marker to the left in the sub-menu. When the output is added to the
window it will be placed at the bottom, use the left mouse button to
move it if required.
The middle mouse button will display the sub-menu that is associated
with the module for the output that is selected. This is one of sub-
menus that are found with the right mouse button.
The modules that are available for gprocmeter3, procmeter3-gtk1 and
procmeter3-gtk2 are described in the procmeter3_modules(1) manual page.
Andrew M. Bishop 1998-2008
May 5, 2008