Using the terminal to monitor bandwidth and processor utilization on remote machines

by Carson Reynolds

Now that I have started working with some custom Linux kernels for the Gumstix Overo, I find I often need to keep a build machine churning. This wouldn’t really go smoothly without the following small command-line tools:

    htop: visually displays processor utilization
    iftop: same as the above, but for bandwidth instead

Recombining the above, you can keep a remote computer busily working and look at a glance at how your build is progressing.