Abel sent me an e-mail a few weeks ago, reminding me that slurm belonged in the S section, and we discussed why slurm isn’t really a favorite for either of us. Here’s what it looks like, if you’ve never used it:
There’s the good …
- Color, and color themes, which is a nice touch.
- Flexible, in terms of interface as well as refresh rate and graph modes.
- Not tied to superuser, so you can start it without needing administrator access. And yes, for a normal desktop user like me, that is a feature.
… and the bad …
- Sits in a fixed space, which is a huge disappointment if you’re using a tiled window manager or just like to resize windows from time to time. You’re either losing space that’s unused, or clipping the display.
- No adjustable graph heights, so there’s a “bounce” effect if the display rate changes drastically.
- No keystroke to redraw the screen. If you do decide to shrink the terminal, then resize again to a larger dimension, the graph labels don’t redraw and now there’s just data out there, flapping in the wind.
I think you get the point. It’s not terribly flawed, just missing out on some important points.
Abel said he (?) had seen slurm mentioned a few times on other sites and thought it was getting undue attention. I’d have to agree with that. It’s not a bad program, and it does a few things right. But overall it’s just sitting somewhere around one standard deviation.
P.S.: It’s worth mentioning that the link to the slurm “home page” is a github repo, I believe because Hendrik Scholz’s original version at www.wormulon.net/slurm disappeared long ago.