[linux-elitists] iotop: a Tool for Monitoring Hard-disk Activity for Linux

Karsten M. Self karsten at linuxmafia.com
Wed May 6 18:34:12 PDT 2009

on Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 02:11:15PM +0300, Shlomi Fish (shlomif at iglu.org.il) wrote:
> Today I discovered iotop:
> * http://guichaz.free.fr/iotop/
> * http://freshmeat.net/projects/iotop
> It's a tool to find which processes are doing the most hard-disk activity at 
> present. Useful for the cases where your hard-disks' LED is active and you 
> don't know why.
> The 0.2.1 version (which is the latest) is available in the Mandriva Cooker 
> repositories, and it was a single urpmi command away from installation. I 
> assume installing it on Debian, Ubuntu, etc. should be just as easy.
> I learned about iotop in this blog post (in Hebrew, though) by Ilan Shavit:  
> http://ilsh.info/?p=1471 , which I read today.

Does this still require a kernel patch, or is that patch now standard on
current kernels?

NB:  being able to track down specific IO is *immensely* useful.


Karsten M. Self <karsten at linuxmafia.com>        http://linuxmafia.com/~karsten
    Ceterum censeo, Caldera delenda est.
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