Based on grawity's answer, you can create a configuration that you like on a different machine and then copy it to the machine where the problem occurs.
The configuration is saved (under Debian) under
- On a machine where you can see past the header:
F2 to get into the configuration.
- Move left to the "Left Column"
- Move down to select "CPU" and press F9 to delete it.
- From the right most column select "CPU Average" and press F5 to insert it instead.
- F10 let's you leave the menu.
~/.config/htop/htoprc to the larger machine.
In my case (120 cores) a configuration with "CPUs (1&2/4)" on the left side of the header, and "CPUs (3&4/4)" on the right side of the header looks good. As a result, the header takes
up about half the screen and the other half lists the processes. Each line in the header shows four CPUs which is fine for me.
# Beware! This file is rewritten by htop when settings are changed in the interface.
# The parser is also very primitive, and not human-friendly.
fields=0 48 17 18 38 39 40 2 46 47 49 1
left_meters=Memory Swap CPU Load LoadAverage
left_meter_modes=1 1 1 1 1
right_meters=Tasks LoadAverage Uptime
right_meter_modes=2 2 2
Alternative (Blind navigation)
F9. (If CPUs are the items in the header.) After this you can see what is going on and would continue by pressing
F10 to quit the configuration.