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B.2 Getting mytop

Getting mytop installed and running is fairly painless. If you've ever installed Perl modules from CPAN before, you'll feel right at home with mytop. It is also written in Perl and packaged much like a typical Perl module.

As of this writing, mytop has been packaged for several Linux and Unix distributions. FreeBSD users will find mytop available in the FreeBSD Ports system and can install it using pkg_add -r mytop. Debian GNU/Linux users can simply execute sudo apt-get install mytop, and SUSE Linux users will find an RPM package on the mytop web site.

B.2.1 Requirements

To install and use mytop, you'll also need the following Perl modules:

  • DBI

  • DBD::mysql

  • Term::ReadKey

Additionally, if you've installed any of the following optional modules, mytop will detect that and take advantage of them:

  • Time::HiRes

  • Term::ANSIColor

Of course, you'll also need Perl. Any version as of 5.005 and beyond should work.

B.2.2 Installation

Once you have the required software installed, download and extract the latest version of mytop from

$ wget

$ tar zxvf mytop-1.5.tar.gz

Then run the Perl Makefile and install mytop:

$ cd mytop-1.5

mytop-1.5$ perl Makefile.PL

Checking if your kit is complete...

Looks good

Writing Makefile for mytop

mytop-1.5$ make install

Installing /usr/local/man/man1/mytop.1p

Installing /usr/bin/mytop

Writing /usr/local/lib/perl/5.8.0/auto/mytop/.packlist

Appending installation info to /usr/local/lib/perl/5.8.0/perllocal.pod

Finally, try executing mytop to make sure it's installed properly along with all the prerequisites.

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