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Sep 18, 2009, 00:06 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In situations like that where are a lot of disk activities, come the question “What now?”, how to verify what is doing such a lot of disk access?

"There are tools for that, like iostat and vmstat columns bi and bo

"Iostat is a tool that’s is very handy in cases like this one, but his values interpretation and the way that the values are on screen aren’t frendly.

"For that, there’s a very handy tool, iotop, it have a very nice CLI interface that show the I/O data. Utilize the very own values that kernel pass throught and show us in a very elegant style :)"

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