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SYSMETER(1)							   SYSMETER(1)

NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     sysmeter -	display	system performance values

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     sysmeter [	-s samp	] [ -a avg ] [ -h name ] [ -d win ] [ -g ht ] [	-x
     x-cord ] [	-y y-cord ] [ -r row ] [ -m ] [	-i bk,cbg,avg,txt,chg ]	[ -v
     value value ... ]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     sysmeter opens a window and displays various system performance values
     collected from either local machine, or any remote	machine	that
     implements	the rstat version 3 protocol.  When sysmeter starts, it	makes
     a connection to the rstatd(1M) daemon on the target machine and
     periodically collects data	from the daemon.

     Various performance data can be selected for display.  Each selected
     performance value will be displayed within	one sub-window in either of
     the two styles: bar chart or strip	chart.	In both	formats, the y-axis
     represents	the value collected.  In the strip chart, the x-axis
     represents	the time.

     The default option	is to collect CPU usage	data on	local machine for
     every 2 seconds with window width equals to 120 seconds.  The options can
     be	set either from	command	line or	by clicking the	left or	right mouse

     The average of performance	values,	if selected, are displayed as shaded
     areas in the strip	chart format while in the bar chart format, the	values
     are displayed in the rear bars.

     When resizing the window, sysmeter	always re-adjusts the window size for
     the best possible shape to	fit all	the selected values in order to
     prevent the distortion of the graphics.  If the width of the window is
     wide enough, sysmeter will	display	the hostname, sample time, averaging
     time and display window width in the window title.

OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

     -s	samp   Sets the	sample time to samp seconds.

     -a	avg    Sets the	averaging time to avg seconds.	If this	option is not
	       supplied, sysmeter will not display the averaging value.

     -h	name   Selects the host	specified by name as the target	machine	for
	       performance data	collection.

     -d	win    Sets the	window width to	win seconds. This number divided by
	       the sample time is equivalent to	the number of samples appears
	       in one sub-window.  This	option is meaningful only with the
	       strip chart format.

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SYSMETER(1)							   SYSMETER(1)

     -g	ht     Sets the	sub-window height to ht	pixels.	 The default height is
	       50 pixels.

     -x	x-cord Sets the	X coordinate of	the left lower corner of the window to
	       x-cord.	Since sysmeter always re-adjust	window size and
	       location	on a bad re-locating or	resizing, a large x coordinate
	       close to	the left end of	screen will automatically be reduced
	       as needed.

     -y	y-cord Sets the	y coordinate of	the left lower corner of the window to
	       y-cord.	If both	X and Y	coordinates are	provided, sysmeter
	       will automatically open a window	without	user intervention.

     -r	row    Sets the	number of rows of sub-windows to be row. The default
	       is two columns.

     -m	       selects the bar chart format instead of the default strip chart

     -i	bk,cbg,avg,txt,chg
	       These values specify the	five colors used by the	displays,
	       separated by commas.  The values	are the	color map indices of
	       the background, chart background, averaged area,	text and
	       change-parameters colors.  The defaults are 15, 12, 1, 4, and
	       10, respectively.

     -v	value  Selects performance values to be	displayed:

	       all	 display all of	the following values
	       cpu	 percent of CPU	being utilized
	       page	 paging	activity in pages per second
	       swap	 jobs swapped per second
	       intr	 number	of device interrupts per second
	       disk	 disk traffic in transfers per second
	       cntxt	 number	of context switches per	second
	       load	 average of number of runnable jobs over the last
			 minute	times 1024
	       pkts	 total of input	and output network packets per second
	       inpkts	 input network packets per second
	       outpkts	 output	network	packets	per second
	       colls	 collisions per	second detected	on the network
	       errs	 errors	per second when	receiving packets

     When sysmeter is running, you can move the	mouse cursor into the window,
     press and hold the	right button to	get the	pop-up menu.  This menu	has
     the options:  cpu,	page, swap, intr, disk,	cntxt, load, pkts, inpkts,
     outpkts, colls, errs, display-average, change-param, style, and exit.
     The entries corresponding to each performance values specified in -v
     option are	toggle switches.  If you move the cursor to any	one of those
     entries and releases the right button, sysmeter will toggle between
     displaying	or removing the	sub-window.  If	no parameters are specified
     when sysmeter is started, it will display the:  cpu usage by default.

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SYSMETER(1)							   SYSMETER(1)

     The display-average and style selections are also toggle switches.

     When change-parameter entry is selected, a	parameter changing panel will
     appear in the left	lower corner of	the window and the display activity is
     frozen although sysmeter is still collecting data packets internally.  If
     the window	is too narrow, only a partial view of the panel	will show up.
     You can fix this problem by reshaping the window.

     Inside the	panel, there is	a parameter selection location marked with
     three curly arrows.  Moving the cursor to this area and click the left
     button, the panel will switch among the three changeable parameters:
     sample interval, averaging	period,	and window width.

     After moving the cursor to	the up-pointed triangle	under the ruler,
     pressing, holding and moving the left button along	the ruler will change
     the selected parameter to the number indicated in the small window	above
     the ruler.	 The ruler is exponentially increased to maximum of 7200
     seconds (2	hours).

     Once the change is	made, moving the cursor	to the location	marked with ok
     and pressing the left button will update the values.

EXAMPLE    [Toc]    [Back]

     The following command will	automatically display the local	system
     performance data on the top of the	screen.

	  sysmeter -x 50 -y 900	-g 50 -v all -a	120 -d 300 -s 5	-r 1

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     rstatd(1M), rpcinfo(1)

BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

     The maximum number	allowed	to be displayed	on the y-axis of a sub-window
     is	8192.  If a value exceeds this limit, the display will be truncated to

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