Mac OS Terminal’s load average feedback

November 4th, 2009 by Leandro Morgado

I discovered something by accident today which is pretty nifty.  When using Snow Leopards Terminal,  you can obtain the system’s load average with CTRL+T when a process is running. Here is an example:

shell> lmorgado$ sleep 1000
load: 0.36  cmd: sleep 19856 waiting 0.00u 0.00s
load: 0.33  cmd: sleep 19856 waiting 0.00u 0.00s

Now every time you hit CTRL+T you get the load average of the running process in the foreground:

load: 0.62  cmd: sleep 19856 waiting 0.00u 0.00s
load: 0.57  cmd: sleep 19856 waiting 0.00u 0.00s
load: 0.57  cmd: sleep 19856 waiting 0.00u 0.00s

Do you have any nifty lifty tricks up your sleeve? Feel free to share them below.

One Response to “Mac OS Terminal’s load average feedback”

  1. vlad @ sun Says:

    added shift-backspace as 10 so I have shift-Backspace working in Mutt.

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