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Basic data collection

The below script will allow for basic data collection. You can set up a crontab (see here) so that it runs every five minutes and updates a file, from which you can copy the data to Excel or Libre Offiec Calc to create a chart showing overall performance.

The data collection script gathers the following information

  • Date
  • Time
  • CPU temperature
  • RAM usage
  • Average 5 minute load

Additional packages required

  • bc

In order for the script to neatly display temperature, you have to install a package that helps with math.

Run the following code

sudo apt install bc

Data collection script code



date="$(which date)"
timestamp=`$date '+%Y-%m-%d %H:%M'`

cur_temp=$(cat /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/temp)
cur_temp="$(echo "$cur_temp / 1000" | bc -l | xargs printf "%1.0f")"

ram_used="$(free -t -m | grep "Mem" | awk '{print $3}')"

read -r loadavg_five rest < /proc/loadavg

echo "$timestamp ; $cur_temp ; $ram_used ; $loadavg_five" 1>> $data_output

If you did not figure out from the script itself, you will find all your data neatly arranged in the following location


CAUTION folder, in which data will be saved must exist. If you do not have /var/zzz_log/ folder, create it or change script so that data is written to an existing place.

AFTER you run the script for the first time, check if the data is actually being written to the file with the following command

cat /var/zzz_log/performance.log

You should see output similar to this

2020-02-05 20:32 ; 41 ; 251 ; 0.00

Once you gain enough data, go ahead and construct your chart to showcase performance of your server!

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