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#!/bin/bash
# by Paul Colby (http://colby.id.au), no rights reserved ;)
PREV_TOTAL=0
PREV_IDLE=0
while true; do
# Get the total CPU statistics, discarding the 'cpu ' prefix.
CPU=(`sed -n 's/^cpu\s//p' /proc/stat`)
IDLE=${CPU[3]} # Just the idle CPU time.
# Calculate the total CPU time.
TOTAL=0
for VALUE in "${CPU[@]}"; do
let "TOTAL=$TOTAL+$VALUE"
done
# Calculate the CPU usage since we last checked.
let "DIFF_IDLE=$IDLE-$PREV_IDLE"
let "DIFF_TOTAL=$TOTAL-$PREV_TOTAL"
let "DIFF_USAGE=(1000*($DIFF_TOTAL-$DIFF_IDLE)/$DIFF_TOTAL+5)/10"
echo -en "\rCPU: $DIFF_USAGE% \b\b"
# Remember the total and idle CPU times for the next check.
PREV_TOTAL="$TOTAL"
PREV_IDLE="$IDLE"
# Wait before checking again.
sleep 1
done