[wmii] Re: Adding cpu usage to status bar

From: Alexander Clouter <alex_AT_digriz.org.uk>
Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 23:20:21 +0100

Kris Maglione <maglione.k_AT_gmail.com> wrote:
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> 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.
The intertubes seems rather keen on 'sar' (from the Debian 'sysstat'
package) for skinning this particular cat. For me I still cannot recall
my CPU running at anything realistically other than 100% or 0%.

>>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.
Every person for themselves I guess :)

One thing I will say in my 'defence', that 30 seconds lag is the time it
takes for it to *settle*...meanwhile it is visibly rising every second
as it's a 30 second average sampling at 1Hz.


Alexander Clouter
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Received on Tue May 05 2009 - 22:20:21 UTC

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