ben at linuxgazette.net
Tue Feb 2 20:45:42 MSK 2010
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On Tue, Feb 02, 2010 at 09:40:44AM +0000, Neil Youngman wrote:
> Thanks for this interesting article. If I may offer a small "improvement"
> Rather than using the loop
> while true
> netstat -na | wc
> sleep 1
> I would use the watch command, e.g.
> watch -n 2 -d 'netstat -na | wc'
> This seems to be included in both Redhat and Debian, so I guess it's
> reasonably portable. It's advantages over handcrafting a loop are
> 1. Brevity
> 2. The default display shows the command being run and the update interval
> 3. Some of the extra options are useful. I find the '-d' switch, which
> highlights differences, can be particularly useful.
That came to my mind while I was editing Henry's article - I'm a big fan
of 'watch', myself. Do note, however, that he's operating in a mixed
environment - and, as I recall, 'watch' is not a part of the standard
Solaris toolkit (although it's available at Sunfreeware.com), and I
don't know anything about 'watch' in FreeBSD. So, portability is
probably pretty important. As to brevity, well - as long as it's still
readable, anything goes, right? :)
while netstat -na|wc; do sleep 1; done
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