Super classy comment (in my opinion) from the original author of htop, regarding the fork: https://github.com/hishamhm/htop/issues/992#issuecomment-683286672
I expected your comment to be sarcastic but hishamhm’s reply really is supportive!
Wonderful reply. I can’t imagine what it must be like to write a small utility then have it grow so popular it shapes your whole life.
That’s the double edged-FOSS sword I guess. I’m amazed and grateful that there are people out there like Hisham.
It is an entirely valid choice to not let it shape your whole life. Which is what happened here, I guess :-) And I can totally relate.
Hisham is a great person. Like many I have come to know him through the Lua community, and then learned the h in htop meant “Hisham”.
He is maintaining a lot of important packages in Lua land, and also has a few other personal projects such as tl and dit. I can understand why he was overwhelmed. :)
If you are interested in htop and its “recent” evolutions this talk is worth watching.
This is awesome! My old patch has been merged!
I can’t say I’ve used it much personally but its good to see quasi-unmaintained projects that not only get some new love, but have the blessing of the original author(s).
Now if only there was some lesson in this besides “twitter” as a method to get feedback/response from an otherwise unresponsive maintainer.
Maybe “out of band communication” in general, perhaps? Tricky, though.
That would work for people you have out of band communication channels for.
A number of projects I’ve tried to get either feedback on patches, or just an update on if it’s maintained due to pending approved PRs (approved by people without merge permissions, dont ask me why that is a thing), so my only realistic channel for communication is GH issues
Huh, I have a PR in flight for Hisham’s upstream that didn’t get merged here. I should get that sorted out…
I can’t say I have any major problems with the way htop works now, but I use it constantly and it’s great to see it getting some active maintenance.
Yeah I wouldn’t have noticed. I’m apparently not craving any updates or fixes in a tool I’ve been using for so long and that seems to just work.
Of course, prior to the existence of htop, I would have told you the same thing about traditional top…
That might be true for you, but I never liked top and when I stumbled upon htop it was an instant replacement because it fixed all my 2-3 issues with top at once. This wasn’t “you’ll need it when you see it”, the need for a better tool was there from the start. (i.e. late 90s for me)
I use htop on a daily basis, often open on multiple servers on a monitor as a “dashboard” of infrastructure. It is nice to see the tool getting some love and that community effort has helped relieve Hisham of something they had begun to feel as a weight on their shoulders.