Linux, Ubuntu

The most TOP utilities for Ubuntu Server

I know this will apply to various linux distros, but continuing the theme of blogs about installing Ubuntu Server on my BBS2, I give you some Top hints for some Top utilities on the command line.

  • top – You most probably already know that running ‘top’ will show you a list of processes and you can see their cpu usage alongside the total cpu usage.  If you press 1, and you have multiple processors it will break down the stats by processor.
  • iotop – You’ll probably have to apt-get install iotop, this little utility shows you the top disk i/o processes detailing the transfer read and write rates.
  • iftop – You’ll probably have to apt-get install iftop, this one shows you the network useage, nicely broken down by destination, sent / received with totals etc.

So think of these Top utilites next time you need to monitor your server in ubuntu.