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More on LinuxToday CLI Magic: Use top to Monitor PCs Across a Network

Jan 31, 2006, 07:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Alexander Bain)

"Most Linux users are familiar with the top command, typically used to examine the system load on a local PC and others on the network. However, have you considered using top to monitor your system automatically and to warn you when a server is being overloaded?

"In order to identify an overloaded server you must first find out what the system load is. Look at the right side of top's output, where it says something like this:

"top - 17:59:26 up 9:44, 2 users, load average: 1.05, 0.36, 0.02..."

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