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Van de Ven: On the changing role of PowerTOP

On his blog, Arjan van de Ven reflects on the changes in how the PowerTOP utility is being used, with an eye toward restructuring it. "So it's now time to rethink some of the code and make things much more scalable for adding new checks and features. In addition, the output also needs to improve to be more useful as a diagnostics tool. I'm thinking about adding a 'generate a report' option, that basically gives a complete report card of the system. [...] This doesn't mean I want to leave the end user behind; not at all. But in terms of new features, with all the low hanging fruit taken care of, some of the things PowerTOP needs to do are just a lot more technical than what PowerTOP 1.0 offered."

Read more at LWN


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