Monitoring average load

malat asked:

I am trying to monitor a system load average using uptime. On my debian box, I used the following:

$ for ((i=0;i<=1000000000;i++)); do uptime; done

However looking at top, 18% of CPU was allocated to bash ! This means that my uptime checking is way too agressive.

How do I gently check the load average ?

My answer:

Have you tried watch?

watch uptime

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