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Emulating a 'top' CPU summary using /proc/stat and MySQL
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In my last blog post, I showed how we can get some raw performance information from /proc into the MySQL database using a LOAD DATA INFILE (LDI) command.

I've modified that LDI call slightly to set the `other` column to equal the sum total of the CPU counters for those rows which begin with 'cpu'.

original:
other = IF(@the_key like 'cpu%', NULL , @val1);

new:
other = IF(@the_key like 'cpu%', user + nice + system + idle + iowait + irq + softirq + steal + guest, @val1);


Top provides a useful output that looks something like the following:
top - 04:59:14 up 14 days,  3:34,  1 user,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
Tasks: 216 total,   1 running, 215 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
Cpu(s):  0.0%us,  0.0%sy,  0.0%ni, 99.9%id,  0.0%wa,  0.0%hi,  0.0%si,  0.0%st
Mem:   8172108k total,  5115388k used,  3056720k free,   315180k buffers












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Its a cheat! Get Linux performance information from your MySQL database without shell access.
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System administrators familiar with the Linux operating system use the tools in the 'procps' toolset all the time. Tools which read from /proc include top, iostat, vmstat, sar and others. The files in /proc contain useful information about the performance of the system. Most of the files are documented in the Linux kernel documentation. You can also check man 5 proc.

Most performance monitoring tools invoke other tools like iostat to collect performance information instead of reading from the /proc filesytem itself. This begs the question, what can you do if you don't have access to those tools? Perhaps you are using a hosted Linux database and have no access to the underlying shell to execute tools like iostat or top? How could you gather information about the performance of the actual system without being

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