F40 Change Proposal: Replace iotop with iotop-c (Self-Contained)

Replace iotop with iotop-c

This is a proposed Change for Fedora Linux.
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:link: Summary

Replace (obsolete) iotop with iotop-c

:link: Owner

:link: Detailed Description

iotop’s upstream does not seem to be active much. Latest version is 0.6 that was released 10 years ago. There were some commits once a while after that, but not much.

There is better maintained iotop-c implementation that was originally created for embedded systems. It has small footprint being written in C and not in python. It is a drop in replacement. It’s actively developed, has good history of resolving issues, has more features, improved UI (yet almost the same look) and uses the same command line arguments.

In short, we (iotop and iotop-c maintainers) have decided to replace iotop with iotop-c. iotop-c will provide iotop (name) and iotop binary and obsolete original iotop. If there are no issues found, original iotop will be orphaned.

:link: Feedback

:link: Benefit to Fedora

iotop-c implementation has smaller footprint, more features, polished UI, uses same command line arguments and has active upstream that has history of quickly resolving issues.

:link: Scope

  • Proposal owners:
  1. update iotop-c spec file to obsolete iotop, provide iotop name and provide iotop binary

  2. orphan iotop

  • Other developers:



  • Policies and guidelines: N/A (not needed for this Change)

  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

  • Alignment with Community Initiatives:

:link: Upgrade/compatibility impact

:link: How To Test

A) before change happens - just install iotop-c and give it a try B) after change happens install iotop, check that you have iotop-c version installed and it works

you can also check that iotop (if installed previously) is automatically replaced by iotop-c during update

:link: User Experience

iotop-c has slightly different UI look, more polished. It also consumes less resources.

:link: Dependencies


:link: Contingency Plan

Worst case scenario, we can easily revert the change, but we don’t expect any issues as iotop-c isn’t that new. It is already present in current Fedora releases as well as other Linux distributions.

:link: Documentation

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

:link: Release Notes

This change proposal has now been submitted to FESCo with ticket #3156 for voting.

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