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6 Command Line Tools for Linux Performance Monitoring

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So you need to monitor a Linux system for performance metrics... CPU, Memory, Network, Disk, etc.

Here are 6 of my favorite command line tools for monitoring a Linux system from the command line.







this is a package of utilites including iostat, mpstat, sar, and others.

These tools are all available from package managers (apt-get, yum, etc) on most Linux systems. They are also available on most other *nix platforms.

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Jan Gaspar replied on Mon, 2012/04/23 - 7:00am

With all respect the quality of your post is really low. What about short comment for each tool - what it is for, why do you like it, basic usage, etc.

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The activity Monitor application, which is an included utility of the Mac OSX operating system, provides a variety of information and statistics concerning your computer's performance. The program is located in the Utilities folder of your Mac hard drive and can be opened by users with either standard or administrative accounts. Thanks. Regards, online lead generation

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Jaffa Wify replied on Mon, 2012/10/22 - 6:59am

The users can install packages from unofficial repositories, download pre-compiled packages directly from websites, or compile the source code by themselves. All these methods come with different degrees of difficulty, compiling the source code is in general considered a challenging process for new Linux users, but it is hardly needed in modern distributions and is not a method specific to Linux. Thanks a lot. Regards, green coffe

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Ravi Waters replied on Fri, 2013/04/26 - 10:35am

very interesting, infact its really useful for beginners in LINUX like me....

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