What's the best way to monitor apache in as close to a live manner as possible. I am hoping to get something similar to Top that would show the current number connections, maybe the URL being hit and other stats of that nature.
I know I can use mod_status (either via WHM Apache Status) or outside of it, but that has to be constantly refreshed (manually or automatically) and creates GET /whm-server-status?refresh=60 HTTP/1.1 entries that kind of skew the stats, depending on how often you refresh.
Is apachetop a solid choice? Any downsides?
Is there a better tool to have a 'live' view of apache's activities?
Apachetop works only if you need to monitor one virtual host or only have one access log file. I like apachetop better than mod_status as it can sort by hit and transfer.
I'm only trying to monitor one.
This might not even be the best tool for me. What I have is a vbulletin message board, and I am trying to get a better view of current activity then just the vbulletin "active members" stats, which are based on long cookie timeouts.