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Hi there. ttyload is a little *NIX utility I wrote which is meant to give a color-coded graph of load averages over time. More information to come -- but by popular demand, I've gone ahead and "released" what I've got so far. Please respect my requests as outlined in the LICENSE file contained in the tarball. Screenshots[0] are also available, if you want to see what it looks like.


In theory, this should work, or be relatively easily made to work, on most POSIX/UNIX type platforms. Platforms known to work include:

Porting for platforms that are derivatives of one of these should be trivially easy. Porting for other platforms should also be quite doable, though may require a bit more work. The program is structured to be (I hope) easy to port.

Getting the source:

Two choices:

  1. Get it from GitHub -- git clone git://
  2. Download one of the tarballs, below.


2013-03-12: ttyload-0.5.3.tar.bz2 is now available. Fixed the first github-tracked issue, about how time labels displayed along the bottom, especially with large -i values (e.g. -i 120).

2011-02-14: ttyload-0.5.2.tar.bz2 is now available. Minor (but old) bug fix -- now correctly displays the time at the top of the page!

2011-02-06: ttyload-0.5.1.tar.bz2 is now available. Minimal changes from 0.5, mostly just the fact that this project is now on GitHub!

2008-09-16: ttyload-0.5.tar.gz is now available for download. Several new options and behaviors added, most notably initial detection of window size. Also, new licensing, which should hopefully be OSS-compatible.

Previous version still available: ttyload version 0.4.4 (source code in tar.gz format)

MD5 (ttyload-0.5.3.tar.bz2) = e078fe59d94725ee41155e4d8de49087
MD5 (ttyload-0.5.2.tar.bz2) = 0eae93834914f307cb4295de7b9448b5
MD5 (ttyload-0.5.1.tar.bz2) = ad449fae217449d9df2acc2ec76b11c2
MD5 (ttyload-0.5.tar.gz) = b7f81a7f7c7069d76884e1f7c67e478b
MD5 (ttyload-0.4.4.tar.gz) = f331a7aa48f62cc1ff4d53d16b1fe032

See the change log for past changes.

Current features and limitations overview:

Future plans:

Other possible future things:

Donations Welcome!

Hi there. Donations to support ttyload (or really, its author) are welcome, via the following methods:

Send to address: 16ppYQsCXLCw9D4eEx9njcHuv9C2Xscgd7

(At some point, I had the theory of changing the license on this so that it would become GratuityWare, but I'm not sure if/when this might happen, because I haven't written the GratuityWare Public License yet... and I'm not sure I ever will bother. ;-)


[0] -- I also have a "screenshot" from a fan... that and perhaps future fanmail is being collected on the ttyload fan mail page.

[1] -- if 'uname -s' on your IRIX machine says "IRIX64", then in the ttyload directory, run this command before typing make: 'ln -s IRIX arch/IRIX64'. In a future release, I'll probably obviate the need to do this, but that works fine for the 0.4.3 release, and should continue to be the workaround until I get around to fixing it for real. :-)