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Statistics from the command line

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Statistics from the command line!

Staccato (st for short) is a command line program that lets you compute statistics from values from a file or standard input. It computes things about the stream of numbers like min, max, mean, median, and standard deviation. It can also compute these things about some subset of the stream, for example the lower 95% of values.


Lots of em! Better examples coming soon!


Staccato is a Rust project. For now, you'll need the Rust toolchain to install it. For more information about how to install Rust see https://www.rustup.rs/

After you have Rust installed, you can build Staccato from source.

cargo install --force staccato
st --help


Some examples of how to use Staccato are given below. Note that these examples assume you are familiar with standard Unix command line tools like awk, cut, and tail.

File of Values

The most obvious use case for Staccato is when you already have a file full of numbers and you want to know things about them. For example, imagine you have a file called timings.log that looks like this:


To get statistics about those values, you'd run Staccato like this:

$ st timings.log
count: 9
sum: 6.94279
mean: 0.77142
upper: 1.67731
lower: 0.14756
median: 0.57212
stddev: 0.52650

Application Log File

Another good use of Staccato is to compute the statistics from some particular field or value being written to a log file. Imagine that you have an access log called access.log for your web application that looks something like the following:

2016-08-29T02:14:32 GET /some-url-path/?foo=bar 200 3.84639

... where the fields in this log represent:


To get statistics about the most recent 100 response times for your application, you might use Staccato like this:

$ tail -n 100 /var/log/my-application/access.log | cut -d ' ' -f 5 | st
count: 100
mean: 0.20346
upper: 3.84639
lower: 0.00577
median: 0.02101
stddev: 0.60871


The source code is available on GitHub at https://github.com/tshlabs/staccato


Release notes for Staccato can be found in the CHANGES.md file.


Staccato uses Cargo for performing various development tasks.

To build Staccato:

$ cargo build

To run tests:

$ cargo test

To run benchmarks:

$ cargo bench

To build documentation:

$ cargo doc


Staccato is available under the terms of the GPL, version 3.


Unless you explicitly state otherwise, any contribution intentionally submitted for inclusion in the work by you shall be licensed as above, without any additional terms or conditions.