BillyDonahue / icecream-sundae

Commandline Monitor for Icecream

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Commandline Monitor for Icecream.

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Building from Source


Fedora 27 & 28

sudo dnf install gcc-c++ glib2-devel icecream-devel meson ncurses-devel ninja-build

Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) & 18.04 (Bionic Beaver)

sudo apt-get install g++ libcap-ng-dev libglib2.0-dev libicecc-dev liblzo2-dev libncursesw5-dev meson ninja-build

Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus)

This version of Ubuntu requires a newer version of meson:

sudo apt-get install g++ libcap-ng-dev libglib2.0-dev libicecc-dev liblzo2-dev libncursesw5-dev meson python3-pip ninja-build
pip3 install --user meson

Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr)

While it is possible to install on this ancient version of Ubuntu, it requires a lot of work:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/python-3.5
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/binutils

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install g++-6 libcap-ng-dev libglib2.0-dev libicecc-dev liblzo2-dev libncursesw5-dev python3-pip python3.5 wget unzip

wget -O
sudo unzip -d /usr/local/bin

python3.5 -m pip install --user meson

export CXX=g++-6


brew install glib ncurses icecream
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH="/usr/local/opt/ncurses/lib/pkgconfig"


To build icecream-sundae, download the latest release, extract it, then run:

mkdir builddir
cd builddir
meson .. --buildtype release
sudo -E ninja install

Note: For Ubuntu 16.04 & 14.04, you may need to run meson as ~/.local/bin/meson


Simply running icecream-sundae should be sufficent. Without any arguements, the program will try to discover the default scheduler. For help, run icecream-sundae --help



The following table describes the columns that are shown for each compile node

Column Description
ID The unique ID for the node, as assigned by the scheduler
NAME The Name of the node. Each node is assigned a color based on a hash of its string name. Nodes that cannot accept remote jobs (i.e. have the "NoRemote" property set to "true") are displayed underlined.
IN The total number of jobs this node has compiled for other nodes
CUR The current number of jobs this node is compiling
MAX The maximum number of jobs the node can compile at once
JOBS A graph of the current jobs (see below)
OUT The total number of jobs this node has sent to other nodes to be compiled remotely
LOCAL The total number of jobs this node as compiled locally
ACTIVE The current number of jobs this node has working on the cluster
PENDING The number of jobs this node has that are waiting to be assigned a node
SPEED The speed of the node. This is measured by the nodes as the KB/sec of source compiled by the node

Job Graphs

Jobs in the job bar graphs are displayed using the following legend:

Character Meaning
% Local compile job
= Remote compile job

The color of the job marker matches the color of the source node. If the job graph would be too wide to fit on the screen, it will be scaled down and enclosed with curly braces {} instead of the normal square braces [].

Note: If there are nodes on the cluster that do not accept remote jobs, it is entirely possible that there can be more "Active" jobs than "Maximum" slots, if those nodes are doing local compiles

Key bindings

Key(s) Action
down arrow, j Move highlight down to next host
up arrow, k Move highlight up to previous host
left arrow, h Move sort left one column
right arrow, l Move sort right one column
tab Move sort right one column (wraps)
space Toggle host details
a Toggle all host details
r Reverse sort
q Quit


C++ is not my most fluent language... Apologies for any travesties I've committed.


  • User configurable columns (The code supports this, I just need to figure out a good UI)
  • "Managment" interface. It would be nice to be able to blacklist servers and such via a menu that communicates with the scheduler telnet interface
  • Better unit tests
  • Scrolling in the host view
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Commandline Monitor for Icecream

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