from small one page howto to huge articles all in one place

search text in:

Which screen resolution do you use?

poll results

Last additions:
using iotop to find disk usage hogs

using iotop to find disk usage hogs






average rating: 1.7 (85 votes) (1=very good 6=terrible)

May 25th. 2007:




why adblockers are bad

Workaround and fixes for the current Core Dump Handling vulnerability affected kernels

Workaround and fixes for the current Core Dump Handling vulnerability affected kernels






average rating: 1.3 (28 votes) (1=very good 6=terrible)

April, 26th. 2006:

Druckversion . pdf icon
You are here: Programming->C/C++

creating a gauge part 3

We already have a program that draws the graphics. Right now it just displays random data, which is not really usefull. This part will fill the dummy functions with life.

CPU usage information

The source for the cpu usage is the file /proc/stat
It shows the ticks the cpu has spend in idle, nice, system or user mode.
We save the last values we got from there and calculate the difference. This gives our cpu usage value.
2 example lines from /proc/stat
cpu  92208 2282668 19432 79824 739 1441 3304
cpu  92310 2284457 19454 79910 739 1443 3306
Those 2 values are taken with a 10 sec delay.
So what are those values?
The /proc/stat gives the following information
user nice system idle ...
All values are 1/100 of a second
In the example above our cpu has spent 102/1789/22/86 ticks in user/nice/system/idle mode.
Something's wrong, it doesn't sum up to 1000 (1 second). Right, the mashine I used was a multi cpu mashine :) It had 2 cpus, so it should go to 2000. But this doesnt matter, because when you do the following calculation
you'll get the cpu usage in values from 0 to 1. You can add nice to your left side if you want. Because I got a few things running in nice mode that consume a lot of cpu, I don't add it to my calculations.
Thats basically all you need to get the cpu information. Parsing the cpu line from /proc/stat is left to the reader.

bandwidth usage

Getting the bandwidth is basically the same work. We need to parse /proc/net/dev
an example output fo that file: ( The line was broken into 2 parts to fit this page)
Inter-|    Receive                                                  ...
 face | bytes    packets errs drop fifo frame compressed multicast          
   lo  63686427   34789   0    0    0     0          0         0       
 eth0  502589778  2816788 0    0    0     0          0         0       
 eth1  3587148619 3339472 0    0    0     0          0         0     
 ppp0  33739494   58634   0    0    0     0          0         0   
...   |   Transmit
      |bytes     packets errs drop fifo colls carrier compressed
   lo  63686427   34789   0    0    0     0       0          0
 eth0  3886483446 3781565 0    0   10 18450       0          0
 eth1  382757499  2360540 1    0    1     0       0          0
 ppp0  16003460   60075   0    0    0     0       0          0

This output is quite self-explaining.
All you have to do is to parse the device you want and compare that value to the values X seconds ago. Depending on your network hardware you have to divide that value with your maximum upload/download speed of that device and you have your bandwidth usage.

rate this article:
current rating: average rating: 1.2 (30 votes) (1=very good 6=terrible)
Your rating:
Very good (1) Good (2) ok (3) average (4) bad (5) terrible (6)

Support this site

Please read "Why adblockers are bad".

Other free services
Shorten long
URLs to short
links like
Reverse DNS lookup
Find out which hostname(s)
resolve to a
given IP or other hostnames for the server
rdf newsfeed | rss newsfeed | Atom newsfeed
- Powered by LeopardCMS - Running on Gentoo -
Copyright 2004-2017 Sascha Nitsch Unternehmensberatung UG(haftungsbeschränkt)
Valid XHTML1.1 : Valid CSS : buttonmaker
- Level Triple-A Conformance to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 -
- Copyright and legal notices -
Time to create this page: 3.4 ms