live ssh network throughput test

pv /dev/zero|ssh $host 'cat > /dev/null'
connects to host via ssh and displays the live transfer speed, directing all transferred data to /dev/null needs pv installed Debian: 'apt-get install pv' Fedora: 'yum install pv' (may need the 'extras' repository enabled)
Sample Output
136MB 0:00:22 [5.71MB/s] [    <=>         ]

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2010-01-06 20:40:51

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What Others Think

As ssh is recieving stdin there doesn't seem any need to cat here, just redirect: pv /dev/zero |ssh $host '>/dev/null' It's the same as if it were local: pv /dev/zero >/dev/null
khayyam · 296 weeks and 5 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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