[Techtalk] Diagnosing server problems

Rachel McConnell rachel at xtreme.com
Thu Sep 29 11:05:19 EST 2005

Mary wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 28, 2005, Rachel McConnell wrote:
>>>Try 'atop', it's a more advanced program that also shows you network
>>>throughput by interface and quite some more details.
>>Is it worth installing by someone who's never installed anything on a 
>>Linux box before (that's me, yep)?  The server doesn't have atop currently.
> What distribution and what version? If it's a reasonably recent one,
> it will be as easy as typing "[something] install atop" but you'll need
> to tell us what distro before we can tell you what 'something' is :)

$ cat /etc/lsb-release
$ cat /etc/redhat-release
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS release 3 (Taroon)

Given that this is a production server with clients using it, I'm not 
going to start learning how to install things on it!  I do have a couple 
other machines I can play with, but they're running different distros, 
SuSE 7.3, and Debian 3.1.  Is atop likely to help me enough that I 
should work around this?

Going to read http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/feature/11251.html now,

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