Figuring out what process is eating bandwidth?

Stuart Jansen sjansen at
Fri Jan 27 10:57:19 MST 2006

On Fri, 2006-01-27 at 10:49 -0700, Ross Werner wrote:
> Say I glance down at gkrellm and notice something just started taking 
> 150K/s of bandwidth out eth1. Is there a (relatively) easy way to figure 
> out what program just started munching my bandwidth?

Luckily, because it is network traffic you can use a sniffer to debug. I
recommend ethereal-gnome.

If it had been eating your hard drive, however, I'm not aware of an easy
way to debug IO usage in Linux. All I've seen so far is atop, and that
requires a kernel patch for full functionality.

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