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I'm now monitoring multiple servers (3) and in the coming weeks that'll increase (towards 5 or 6). I've been keeping three terminal windows open running htop via SSH and I'm now wondering if there are any downsides to having a connection constantly open to production servers?

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What i usually do is running a screen session for every server i need to monitor/manage, so i can detach it, disconnect from SSH and when i need to reconnect i still have there...

btw i've been keeping terminals connected via ssh for most of the day (8/9 hrs.) for the last 5 years and never had a problem related to it.

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Thanks, this alleviates my concern! – Michael T. Smith Jun 3 '10 at 16:25

Do you really need to use htop to monitor ? An alternative would be to use something like Munin, which records the resource usage from each server and plots it on a centralized web page. This way you get the resources usage trends over time as well as the current values.

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No I really don't. And next week once I conguer Nagios (and fully learn to trust it) I won't need to. But for the next couple of weeks, htop is what I got. – Michael T. Smith Jun 3 '10 at 16:25

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