Running top on system console without being logged on

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Tue Jan 4 14:01:46 PST 2005

Anthony Atkielski <atkielski.anthony at> writes:

> I'd like to run top on the system console to keep an eye on the system,
> but I'd prefer not to have the console logged on to do so.  Is there an
> elegant way to do this?

/etc/ttys is the usual way.  I can't seem to get it working quickly, though.

> Also, is there a way to send input to stdin of the top process even
> after I've started and detached it (in order to redraw the screen or to
> give top a command, etc.)?

That would be harder.

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