Show CPU idle and used time

grep "cpu " /proc/stat | awk -F ' ' '{total = $2 + $3 + $4 + $5} END {print "idle \t used\n" $5*100/total "% " $2*100/total "%"}'
This command displays the CPU idle + used time using stats from /proc/stat.
Sample Output
idle 	 used
72.4139% 21.1866%

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By: Goez
2012-01-21 04:12:50

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