Tuesday, April 18, 2006

all key metrics at a glance

When one wants to know what is happening on a system, most people start top. Solaris users have prstat, which has some advantages, but misses some values listed by top. So what do you do? I tell you what I have been doing all the time: start all of the following in seperate xterms: vmstat, iostat, prstat.

This is very informative, but presents values I don't really care about and misses some I would like to have. So I wrote sysstat that presents all metrics I want at a single glance. Look here:

If you like this output, you can get the sources of the software here.


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