Linux. History of system usage

There is a way to monitor your system usage and log to a file easily — with atop command.
On my Ubuntu it can be installed with

It can be started as a top command — it’s output almost the same.
But the most interesting feature is that it starts a daemon that logs system usage into a file that can be viewed later on. It stores system usage log for one month by default.
If you run this ps aux|grep atop, it will output something like /usr/bin/atop -a -w /var/log/atop/atop_20190714 600.
It means that it logs to /var/log/atop/atop_20190714 and does it every 600 seconds.
You can alter the config, which can be located in several places depending on your system:
/etc/default/atop, /etc/atoprc or /usr/share/atop/atop.daily.
In my config, I decided to change log interval to 60 seconds by replacing 600 to 60 and running service atop restart.
Now ps aux|grep atop says /usr/bin/atop -a -w /var/log/atop/atop_20190714 60.

You can browse logs for a day with command atop -r /var/log/atop/atop_20190714 and go forward in time by pressing t, while T makes it go backward.

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