I provided an answer to a similar question on Stack Overflow, and I find that using
htop—a tool commonly used in the Linux world—is far better & clearer than the standard tools Mac OS X uses. My fave use is to hit the
T key while it is running to view processes in tree view (see screenshot). Shows you what processes are co-dependent on other processes.
And if you have Xcode and related tools such as
git installed on your system and you want to install from a source repository—such as max-horvath’s
htop GitHub repository—just follow these steps.
First clone the sourcecode from max-horvath’s
htop-osx GitHub repository:
git clone email@example.com:max-horvath/htop-osx.git
Now go into the repository directory:
automake -f like this:
libtoolize && automake -f
configure process completes, run
Finally install it by running
sudo make install:
sudo make install