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What command line utilities come standard with sunos to do system monitoring?

I've been able to find prstat, but I would like something that will tell me memory usage and IOWAIT as well.

It looks like this particular machine uses sunos 5.8

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vmstat, iostat, sar, ... prstat does tell you about memory usage. Also, time for an update, 5.8 is getting really old. – Mat Sep 12 '12 at 20:06
You don't need to include "solaris" in your title, that's what tags are for – warl0ck Sep 13 '12 at 7:25
What you have is actually Solaris 8. – bahamat Sep 13 '12 at 7:49
up vote 7 down vote accepted

There are plenty of monitoring CLI commands with Solaris. They are easy to find as almost all share the stat suffix:

  • vmstat
  • mpstat
  • iostat
  • netstat
  • lockstat
  • nfsstat
  • prstat
  • busstat
  • cpustat
  • kstat
  • sar
  • swap

kstat (or the equivalent netstat -k) provides all of the kernel statistics in raw form.

About the IOWAIT statistic, note that the fact it was often poorly understood, wrongly interpreted and meaningless with fast and/or multi core / multi threaded CPUs, it is no more reported by vmstat on modern (10+) Solaris releases.

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The list is pretty cool, i would like to add some, rpcinfo - nfs statistcs/troubleshooting, ypwhich - NIS related things – klerk Apr 17 '14 at 20:51

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