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Old 01-22-2004, 01:10 AM   #1
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disk version of top?

Hello all,

After I boot up Mandrake 9.2 sometimes the hard drive light is on for 7 to 10 minutes. If I try to open Konqueror as the local file manager it won't open until the drive isn't busy. This usually happens in the evening time. I know that 'locate' is supposed to do a file inventory of the system. What I'm wondering is, is there an equivilant to 'top' that shows disk activity or processes running against the drive system? Also, is there a way to view locate's cron settings to see if this is the trouble maker? I've run top while the drive system was busy but saw nothing taking up any appreciable cpu time. Granted that's cpu vs disk but I thought I'd see locatedb or something running there.

Any help? Beuller? Beuller?
Old 01-22-2004, 01:18 AM   #2
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Try ps -a to see what's running. That's all I can think of at the moment. Top will show what is eating cpu and mem, but ps -a shows active processes as well. Hope this helps.
Old 01-22-2004, 01:29 AM   #3
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WIthout your distribution's name/version, exact help is a little tough. I'm using mandrake 9.1, and the cron settings are in subdirectories in /etc. /etc/cron.d/ and so on. Switch to the appropriate directory, then 'cat filename' to read the cron settings. Use your editor or "easy" system configuration GUI thingy to edit them.

Oh, you have to be root, obviously.
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Re: disk version of top?

Originally posted by spacklebird

After I boot up Mandrake 9.2


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