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SearchEnterpriseLinux: How to Keep an Eye on Linux Performance

Apr 21, 2004, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nigel McFarlane)

[ Thanks to js61351 for this link. ]

"On Windows, performance reports are gained with a simple, built-in tool like the System Monitor, or with an expensive, highly engineered diagnostic package from a vendor. If your shop has just migrated to Linux, you'll find the same situation: The built-in tools are always available from the command line; the highly engineered diagnostic packages are still expensive. Let's take look at some simple Linux tools.

"Most Linux tools have 'stat' as the last four letters of their name, 'stat' being short for 'status.' Some of the most commonly used performance reporting commands are: vmstat, iostat, netstat, nfsstat, pqstat, lpstat and mailstat. There is, however, a second set of stat commands: stat, fstat, statfs and fstatfs. These other tools analyze files and filesystems on the disk. They aren't directly associated with performance..."

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