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The R Zone: Call to Arms: Two System Management Applications We Sorely Need in Linux Land

Oct 31, 2006, 01:45 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Diagnosing server (and desktop, and network) load issues is always tricky. When an application misbehaves for short bursts of time, it's often a matter of guesswork to find out which.

"The regular monitoring application suite is just not enough. top only analyzes CPU usage. vmstat and iostat only present summaries, but can't find culprits. strace is too low-level and doesn't allow to visualize proportions of disk accesses among processes. But pinpointing the exact application or daemon that's taxing computer resources, whether it's for short or long times, that's currently impossible..."

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