Re: [wmii] Re: Adding cpu usage to status bar

From: Kris Maglione <>
Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 16:46:34 -0400

On Tue, May 05, 2009 at 06:50:07PM +0100, Alexander Clouter wrote:
>Eugh, that truly is horrible.
>Have a look at /proc/stat and section 1.8 of
>Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt in the Linux kernel tree.

You're right, but I don't think /proc/stat is especially useful.
It requires too much processing for a script. I've lately used
iostat, because it gives me disk useage information along with
CPU usage. The attached script is fairly arcane, but most of it
goes towards determining the background/foreground color for a
given usage.

>To be honest, getting CPU 'usage' is pretty pointless as it's either
>busy, idle or busy waiting on IO. You should be using loadavg really
>as instantaneous CPU usage tells you nothing.

I don't agree. I have my load averages in my bar, but I still
generally find immediate CPU usage statistics more useful. Load
averages are probably useful for servers, but for my
workstations, I like to know fairly immediately when something
starts using a lot of CPU time, and I find my brain more than
apt at guessing just how loaded my system is based on those
data. As for load averages, I have to wait at least 30 seconds
before I begin to see the effect of any runaway process, and the
value never seems to be of nearly as much use to me as the CPU
utilization percentage.

Kris Maglione
You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to
your grandmother.
	--Albert Einstein

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