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My server is running on debian Wheezy and htop 1.0.1 but it does not display any values on the meters bar except the 100.0% value of CPUs.

Is it possible to show always the values of a meter?

This is the current display of htop on my server: current

But I want to have the numbers always on my meters like on this screenshot from expected

My htoprc is located in ~/.config/htop/htoprc and contains the following data:

# The parser is also very primitive, and not human-friendly.
fields=0 48 17 18 38 39 40 2 46 47 49 1
left_meters=LeftCPUs2 CPU Memory Swap
left_meter_modes=1 1 1 1
right_meters=RightCPUs2 Tasks LoadAverage Uptime
right_meter_modes=1 2 2 2
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Well you create a htoprc file, mine is located in ~/config/htop/htoprc, I dunno how it is under Ubuntu, but that should work too.

inside you just have to put :

left_meters=AllCPUs Memory Swap 
left_meter_modes=1 1 1

That should give you the output you want.

edit :

You can also change the number of the color_scheme. Maybe the background is the same color as the numbers.

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It does already contain exactly these two lines with your values. So this does not work. – lspcity Apr 23 '14 at 15:04
Hmm actually you don't have exactly the same lines. Can you try commenting the 4 last lines and adding those 4 instead ? left_meters=AllCPUs Memory Swap left_meter_modes=1 1 1 right_meters=Tasks LoadAverage Uptime right_meter_modes=2 2 2 Also if this doesn't work, are you sure the percentage are not in the same color as your terminal background ? Because I can see the 100% on the CPU number 3. You can try changing the color_scheme line with another number maybe – pat Apr 24 '14 at 7:24
Changing the color scheme is the answer! The numbers had the same color as the background and weren't visible therefor. Can you post this as an answer please? So I can mark this question as solved. – lspcity Apr 26 '14 at 6:55
I've updated my initial answer – pat Apr 27 '14 at 16:36

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