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In htop I would like to order processes by CPU utilization but the top processes bounce back and forth so it is difficult to view the details of each process. I would like to be able to sort in whatever preferred order then lock that order while each field continues to update.

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A similar question was asked on superuser in February https://superuser.com/questions/1036978/how-pause-list-of-process-in-htop

The accepted answer is to use the -d option to change the delay of the refresh.

From the man page:

-d --delay=DELAY

Delay between updates, in tenths of seconds

e.g. htop -d 100 to refresh every 10 seconds.

Judging by this bug report there is currently no way to pause htop completely. The suggestion is again to use the -d option. https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=821904

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