LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Complete CCNA, CCNP & Red Hat Certification Training Bundle
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 02-09-2012, 03:02 AM   #1
shorto
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: Debian 6.0.2.1 i386
Posts: 111

Rep: Reputation: 15
Server HDD activity, processes


Hello all!

Recently my server has been acting kind of weird, at random times the HDD start growling like nobody's business when nobody should be on there. I apt'ed Mon but it only shows that the HDD is in use which I can hear by myself with no software . So I was wandering is there something that will show me what process is making my HDD grawl, preferably with no kernel patches.

Cheers,
shorto
 
Old 02-09-2012, 03:27 AM   #2
ukiuki
Senior Member
 
Registered: May 2010
Location: Planet Earth
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 1,030

Rep: Reputation: 380Reputation: 380Reputation: 380Reputation: 380
How about the logs is it generating too much logs ? Have you been watching the processes and do you have monitors for your HDD activity ? You probably already know but top, htop, conky and some other tools of the same kind can give you some info on fly about what is going on. I hope this helps.

Regards
 
Old 02-09-2012, 04:48 AM   #3
chrism01
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Sydney
Distribution: Centos 6.9, Centos 7.3
Posts: 17,395

Rep: Reputation: 2395Reputation: 2395Reputation: 2395Reputation: 2395Reputation: 2395Reputation: 2395Reputation: 2395Reputation: 2395Reputation: 2395Reputation: 2395Reputation: 2395
Possibly vmstat http://linux.die.net/man/8/vmstat & see suggestions under 'See Also ..' at the bottom
 
Old 02-09-2012, 06:03 AM   #4
syg00
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Australia
Distribution: Lots ...
Posts: 15,799

Rep: Reputation: 2158Reputation: 2158Reputation: 2158Reputation: 2158Reputation: 2158Reputation: 2158Reputation: 2158Reputation: 2158Reputation: 2158Reputation: 2158Reputation: 2158
iotop if you happen to be on the system at the time.
collectl will keep the stats per pid and can be queried after the event. If it's not a process (kernel,interrupt handler, ...) things get more difficult. Check the easy stuff first.
 
Old 02-09-2012, 09:34 AM   #5
SecretCode
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2011
Location: UK
Distribution: Kubuntu 11.10
Posts: 562

Rep: Reputation: 102Reputation: 102
For a quick and dirty, iotop is good - plus it does have a batch mode if you need to catch things happening before you can get to it.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Using keyboard LED for HDD activity DropSig Linux - General 5 12-11-2008 09:53 PM
Httpd processes with strange activity (over 50% CPU use) blackout Linux - Server 5 10-14-2007 02:34 PM
Mandriva 2006 - HDD activity varun_saa Mandriva 12 03-07-2006 10:15 AM
HDD activity causes high load squisher Linux - Hardware 1 07-14-2005 08:46 AM
HDD Activity Ryand833 Linux - Hardware 2 08-14-2004 10:33 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:08 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration