tload — graphic representation of system load average


tload [options] [tty]


tload prints a graph of the current system load average to the specified tty (or the tty of the tload process if none is specified).


-s, --scale number

The scale option allows a vertical scale to be specified for the display (in characters between graph ticks); thus, a smaller value represents a larger scale, and vice versa.

-d, --delay seconds

The delay sets the delay between graph updates in seconds.

-h, --help

Display this help text.

-V, --version

Display version information and exit.


/proc/loadavg load average information

See Also

ps(1), top(1), uptime(1), w(1)


The -d delay option sets the time argument for an alarm(2); if -d 0 is specified, the alarm is set to 0, which will never send the SIGALRM and update the display.


Branko Lankester, David Engel, and Michael K. Johnson.

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June 2011 procps-ng