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I would like to ask if there is any command that I can monitor CPU Usage in Redhat 7.1 .
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Hi mikekwok,

top

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by:paullamhkg
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Sunnycoder is correct 'top' is the command you need

top - display top CPU processes

and the result will be something like this

 17:09:21  up 1 day,  3:17,  1 user,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
62 processes: 60 sleeping, 2 running, 0 zombie, 0 stopped
CPU states:   1.1% user   0.0% system   0.0% nice   0.0% iowait  98.8% idle
Mem:   126044k av,  122612k used,    3432k free,       0k shrd,   50008k buff
                     92240k actv,       0k in_d,    1244k in_c
Swap: 1044144k av,    3560k used, 1040584k free                   25484k cached

  PID USER     PRI  NI  SIZE  RSS SHARE STAT %CPU %MEM   TIME CPU COMMAND

so it's not only for CPU, it's also for RAM usage and swap space and which application using how many CPU and RAM/SWAP.

man top to get more detal :)
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by:willy134
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do you have xload installed

xload is a classic unix tool that graphs the cpu usage so you can see trends.
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by:mikekwok
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how can i check if i have installed xload?
how to use it ?
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by:sunnycoder
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mikekwok,

Did you try top ?

On your command line prompt, type "top" and hit enter...

xload, I guess, is used in the same way ... on your command promt in an xterminal (not on console) type xload and hit enter
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i have tried top. Thanks. will top generate log file for me to monitor the cpu usage ?
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Top will not generate a log file .. it will give you current statistics every five minutes or so ...

read the man page for detailed information

man top
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by:mariocarbone
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you can install sar command then you write "sar 10 1080 -o sarlog.bin" 1080 times every 10 seconds= 3 hours it will give you a binary log file called sarlog.bin after that to transform the binary log to a text format log you must write "sar -f sarlog.bin > sarlog.log"

I hope this right for you!
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by:drubarth
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You should use mrtg for monitoring CPU, Memory, Load Average, and more over time.  It shows graphs for daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly monitoring. You can find more info here:

http://people.ee.ethz.ch/~oetiker/webtools/mrtg/

Good luck!
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by:mikekwok
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i know that MRTG is good .
do u have any website teaching me hwo to install MRTG?
Thanks.
I would like to monitor my linksys router using mrtg but i dunno how to set . Would you please help me ? Thanks.
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by:Lawkie
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Above is all pretty old, go for http://www.cacti.net/
It's easy and pretty powerful, let me know if you need further assistance.

Kind regards,

Rense
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by:unvanquishableAbhay
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Top should just solve the purpose.
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