Top Commands to Diagnose Performance of Your Linux System

Ken Jordan ken.w.jordan at
Wed Jun 26 13:29:00 MDT 2013

There is always querying /proc and /sys directly too.

Ken Jordan
ken.w.jordan at

On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM, Andy Bradford <amb-plugg at>wrote:

> Thus said "Jared W. Robinson" on Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:30:59 -0600:
> > I've used 'sar'  in the past, and  I like 'iotop'. 'ionice'  is a cool
> > tool as well.
> sar is nice when you can get it.
> > I wish it were as easy to  diagnose what consumes my IO on Windows. It
> > seems l ike everything there runs as a thread in svchost, and so I get
> > no transparency into which program is to blame -- backup, AV, etc.
> It  certainly is  more  difficult  with the  default  columns that  Task
> Manager/Processes  shows.  You  do  know, however,  that  you  can  add
> additional  columns  to  the  Task Manager/Processes  window?  It  will
> actually show you some cool stats like disk I/O (write/read), memory and
> paging  deltas, and  a couple  dozen  other things.  That still  doesn't
> eliminate  the svhost  problem you  mention, but  at least  for uniquely
> named processes it helps considerably.
> Click View->Select Columns and choose the ones that interest you.
> Andy
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