Obtaining real-time values of system parameters or events (processor load, server responsiveness, intrusion attempts, …), or getting alerted when certain events happen

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How to monitor incoming http requests

How can I monitor incoming HTTP requests to port 80? I have set up web hosting on my local machine using DynDNS and Nginx. I wanted to know how many request are made on my server every day. Currently ...
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List the files accessed by a program

time is a brilliant command if you want to figure out how much CPU time a given command takes. I am looking for something similar that can list the files being accessed by a program and its children. ...
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How does the “tail” command's “-f” parameter work?

$ tail -f testfile the command is supposed to show the latest entries in the specified file, in real-time right? But that's not happening. Please correct me, if what I intend it to do is wrong... I ...
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Access history of a file

I was wondering if there are any tools to keep track of the access history of a file. I know of stat, but as far as I understand, it only returns information about the last time the file was accessed. ...
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Linux server monitoring software

The dedicated server I'm looking after started to crash occasionally, I suspect because of overload, so I need some performance/resource based monitoring software, preferably with web interface, ...
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Automount lookup failed. How to determine what is trying to access the file?

Is there a way to find out what is trying to mount this file? Jul 13 14:27:24 myhost automount[13527]: lookup(file): lookup for tmp_dir failed Something is looking for "tmp_dir", and I've ...
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Is there a way to determine which process creates a file on osx 10.6.8

I would like to know which process has created files on os X 10.6. I'm trying DTrace, which probably will give the right answer, but I have not eyes to see the method. I'm doing this because I think ...
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Make top shows only server process

Can I make top show info about the web and db servers? Can it be done by piping the pids to the top? They can be many process from every one?!? Or is there any better method for this?
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Is it possible to follow a command (run repeatedly)? as one would follow a file using tail -f?

I have a script which produces a file 'Detail.out'. I know that the script is completed whenever the file contains a certain number of lines (roughly 21025). So I find myself sitting at the command ...
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Monitoring the OpenSSH sFTP process?

Is there a way to monitor the current status of my sFTP process from my Debian server? I'm looking from something similar to top or netstat that will give me the status/progress of activities ...
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Overheating results in system shutdown

I have been having an overheating issue which makes my laptop shutdown immediately. Is there anyway to monitor the temperature from the sensor and scale down the CPU frequency to avoid that problem? ...
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Turning off mailing in psad

The psad monitoring tool keeps on sending lots of mail to my localhost admin account. I use my ubuntu server as a NAT router, and psad warned me to enable logging in iptables. After I did so, it ...
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Measuring Python script bandwidth usage

I have a python script that uses urllibs to parse some web pages, and uses selenium to scrape pages with javascript, and I would like to know its cumulative bandwidth usage. I've looked at nethogs, ...
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find out the culprit process

This is rather a basic linux administration question. We have a CentOS linux machine running a production application. There are 10 application specific processes running on that machine. Once in ...
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Is there a way to tell which file (script, specifically) executed a command?

I'm running Slackware 13.37, and I was wondering if there was a way to tell which script executed a command. I tracked the process and its arguments, but I would like to know where the command ...
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How to determine which process is creating a file?

Given file path, how can I determine which process creates it (and/or reads/writes to it)?
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How to monitor traffic when SSH tunneling?

If I run: ssh -fND localhost:6000 USERNAME@IPADDRESS -p PORTNUMBER and I set my webbrowser to use 127.0.0.1:6000 SOCKS5 proxy, is there a way for the remote SSH server to monitor my web traffic? ...
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Process Monitor equivalent for Linux?

Is there a Unix/Linux equivalent of Process Monitor, whether GUI or CUI? If it makes a difference, I'm looking at Ubuntu, but if there's an equivalent for other systems (Mac, other Linux variants ...
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Port monitoring on GNU/Linux based NAT router

I am using a Ubuntu machine as a NAT router. How can I find out the following: the ports on which the LAN machines are listening or communicating (both tcp and udp); which local machines have ...
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Unpredictable memory explosions

The main server at my company has recently been having a lot of downtime. For reasons that neither I nor the other admins can determine, it has random (VERY sudden) explosions in memory. It becomes ...
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Linux file access monitoring

Is there any way in unix to find out who accessed certain file in last 1 week? It may be user or some script ftp it to some other place. Can I get a list of user name who accessed certain file? How ...
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Forcing an 'added' alias to every command

Is it possible to forcibly add a timing alias (for lack of a better way to phrase it) to every command in bash? For example, I would like to have a specific user who whenever a command is run, it is ...
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Linux system calls

I want to obtain information about memory used by different users and different processes which users are running and statistics about those processes like memory consumption ,execution speed etc ...
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Using device node of host bus adapter to send ioctl calls to monitor RAID status

I am interested in determining the status of a RAID array on my system (using Debian, and Intel ICH10R sata RAID controller = fakeRAID). What I have learned so far is that: I can use CSMI I/O ...
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How can I test the system footprint of applications?

I am about to develop a piece of software and I want to ascertain the impact it has on my system. The main things I am look for are load times, memory and CPU usage and shutdown time, although I would ...
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USB performance/traffic monitor?

First of all, I found a similar question but it doesn't really solve my problem. I am trying to discover if the USB bus for a device I am using is the bottleneck in my program. How can I monitor a ...
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performance monitoring

Is there some performace monitoring tool which would run in background gathering info about all system activity? Somethimes my system (Arch linux, 32 bit) slows down terribly and the top utility ...
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Where can I see a list of kernel killed processes?

Is there some way I can check which of my processes the kernel has killed? Sometimes I log onto my server and find that something that should've run all night just stopped 8 hours in and I'm unsure if ...
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How can I monitor disk I/O in a particular directory?

I've got a few processes with a known name that all write to files in a single directory. I'd like to log the number of disk block reads and writes over a period (not just file access) to test whether ...
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Why isn't a straightforward 1/5/15 minute moving average used in Linux load calculation?

Until recently i thought the load average (as shown for example in top) was a moving average on the n last values of the number of process in state "runnable" or "running". And n would have been ...
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Relaunch application once finished

Is there a command that relaunch the application once it finishes from the command line? Letting you do something like: > relaunch python myapp.py If not, then what's my best option? I know I ...
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How can I see dumps of wholе HTTP packets?

I need to see whole HTTP packets sent and recieved by an application for debugging purposes. How can this be done in command-line?
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What happens when I open and read from /proc?

Does the hard drive need to be accessed or is everything done in memory? Basically I would like to constantly get updated values from meminfo and cpuinfo. Do I need to reopen the file and then reread ...
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Linux: Writing a watchdog to monitor multiple processes

A few years ago, a coworker came up with an elegant solution for a watchdog program. The program ran on Windows and used Windows Event objects to monitor the process handles (PID’s) of several ...
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Is there a tool that can monitor bandwidth usage of a single process?

I've found a nice monitor which allows me to log a variety of runtime data of a single process. I'm looking for an equivalent that does the same for bandwidth usage. Ideally, the command should look ...
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On-the-fly monitoring HTTP requests on a network interface?

For debugging purposes I want to monitor the http requests on a network interface. Using a naive tcpdump command line I get too much low-level information and the information I need is not very ...
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Is it possible to find out what program or script created a given file?

Three files have suddenly appeared in my home directory, called "client_state.xml", "lockfile", and "time_stats_log". The last two are empty. I'm wondering how they got there. It's not the first time ...
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How do you choose which monitoring application to use?

Having a system for collecting performance statistics can be extremely useful. In the past, I've used Munin for this, and it has been invaluable in analyzing bottlenecks and various other issues. I ...
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Is there a tool that allows logging of memory usage?

I want to monitor memory usage of a process, and I want this data to be logged. Does such a tool exist?
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What is [jbd2/dm-3-8] and [kdmflush]? And why are they constantly on iotop?

The title says it all. Using Fedora for a small Samba and development server.
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Monitoring activity on my computer.

So recently I found that someone has been using my computer without consent, browsing folders, etc.... I could change all my passwords straight away, but I'm curious as the what the intruding party ...
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Network monitoring tool

I'm basically looking for a utility that displays which processes are using how much bandwidth, similar to how top displays which processes use how much resources.
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How can I have activity in a Dropbox folder logged?

I have a folder shared with others through Dropbox. When a file is added to this folder, I get a system tray notification in KDE --- but of course if I'm not at my computer, I wouldn't see the ...
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How can I see what processes are running?

I use Ubuntu Server 10.10 and I would like to see what processes are running. I know that PostgreSQL is running on my machine but I can not see it with the top or ps commands, so I assume that they ...
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What is “System Memory ” displayed in nmon in AIX?

I have a host with AIX 6.1 (6100-04-02-1007) upgraded from AIX 5.1 with Veritas Storage Foundation 5.1. Since the upgrade from AIX 5.3 to 6.1, Run vx services means a lots of memory consumed that I ...
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Quantify unix responsiveness

I am one of the n users of a shared unix machine. For reasons unknown, the machine is not "responsive" enough. For example, it is slow on interactive commands, it takes few noticeable moments for any ...
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Monitoring USB traffic

Kernel version: 2.6.31-22 I wish to monitor the USB traffic to and from a device. I've searched, but different sites seem to give different information and I'm confused. Some sites suggest that I ...
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how to ensure a program is always running but without root access?

Currently I need to have a program running all the time, but when the server is rebooted I need to manually run the program. And sometimes I'm not available when that happens. I can't use a normal ...
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Ensure a process is always running

I started hosting sites a while back using Cherokee. For external sources (FastCGI, etc) it has an option to launch the process if it can't find one running on the designated socket or port. This is ...
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What are some common tools for intrusion detection? [closed]

Please give a brief description for each tool.