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What Linux command can I type where I can watch MySQL server load in real time?

BACKGROUND: I can type 'top' and watch overall server load (just look at inverse of Idle % and consider it over a period of time). But I need to know how to see when MySQL is running into critical load and may run out of process handles or something like that unless I do something about it.

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    Collect metrics with Cacti or Munin. – HTTP500 Jan 25 '13 at 18:42
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Try innotop, a top clone for MySQL. It is probably already in your package repositories.

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I can recommend you mytop, a top clone for MySQL. It is also available in repositories of most common Linux distributions.

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    Hm. That doesn't seem to have been maintained in years. – Michael Hampton Jan 25 '13 at 22:14

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