PERFMETER(1) General Commands Manual PERFMETER(1)
perfmeter - display system performance values in a meter or strip chart
perfmeter [ -s sample-time ] [ -h h-hand-int ]
[ -m m-hand-int ] [ -M smax minmax maxmax ]
[ -v value ] [ hostname ]
This command is available with the SunView User's software installation
option. Refer to for information on how to install optional software.
perfmeter is a SunView utility that displays performance values (sta-
tistics) for a given hostname. If no host is specified, statistics on
the current host are metered. The rstatd(8C) daemon must be running on
the machine being metered.
When open, perfmeter displays a performance value in the form of a
strip chart. When closed, it displays a meter dial. By default, the
display is updated with a sample-time of 2 seconds. The hour hand of
the meter represents the average over a 20-second interval; the minute
hand, the average over 2 seconds. The default value displayed is the
percent of CPU being utilized.
The maximum scale value for the strip chart will automatically double
or halve to accommodate increasing or decreasing values for the host
machine. This scale can be restricted to a certain range with the -M
Set the sample time to sample-time seconds.
Set the hour-hand interval to h-hand-int seconds.
Set the minute hand interval to m-hand-int seconds.
-M smax minmax maxmax
Set a range of maximum values for the strip chart. Values for
each of the arguments should be powers of 2. smax sets the
starting maximum-value. minmax sets the lowest allowed maximum-
value for the scale. maxmax sets the highest allowed maximum-
Set the performance value to be monitored to one of:
cpu Percent of CPU being utilized.
pkts Ethernet packets per second.
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 number of runnable processes over the last
colls Collisions per second detected on the ethernet.
errs Errors per second on receiving packets.
You can change the statistic being displayed by clicking the RIGHT
mouse button, and then choosing the desired menu item. The other meter
parameters can be modified by moving the pointer onto the tool (either
open or closed), and typing:
m Decrease minutehandintv by one
M Increase minutehandintv by one
h Decrease hourhandintv by one
H Increase hourhandintv by one
1-9 Set sampletime to a range from 1 to 9 seconds.
/etc/inetd.conf starts statistics server
sunview(1), netstat(8C), rstatd(8C), vmstat(8)
21 January 1988 PERFMETER(1)