wmnetload 1.3 review

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wmnetload is a network interface monitor dockapp for Window Maker

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 103K
Developer: Peter Memishian
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wmnetload is a network interface monitor dockapp for Window Maker. wmnetload is designed to fit well with dockapps like wmcpuload and wmmemmon.

It tracks whether the interface is functioning and displays current network interface throughput, along with an auto-scaling graph of recent network activity (the graph separates upstream and downstream traffic load cleanly without resorting to colors).

Configuring the Look

Since one of the main goals of wmnetload is to match the look-and-feel of wmcpuload, and since the look of wmcpuload was changed as of version 0.9, the look of wmnetload has also been revised. However, those who prefer the "classic" wmnetload look (or who are still using older versions of wmcpuload) can compile wmnetload to present the original look by passing --with-classic-look to `configure'.

Interface Cycling

Although wmnetload can monitor only a single interface at a time, the interface being monitored can be selected by using mouse buton 3 to cycle through each of the available interfaces. Note that with the classic look, wmnetload does not display the name of the interface, which makes interface cycling hard to use without getting confused.

Alarm Mode

Like wmcpuload, wmnetload allows you to set an alarm value (in kbits/sec) that causes the display backlight to be turned on whenever it is exceeded. This is chiefly useful for alerting you to unusual or aberrant network behavior.

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