The iostat command is used for monitoring the CPU utilization and input/output load of devices attached to a system by observing the time the devices are active in relation to their average transfer rates.

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Trying to understand iostat for simple sequential read case

I'm looking at the disk I/O performance of a web hosting VPS (virtual server) and I'd like help in understanding the figures that 'iostat' is giving me. This is my very simple sequential read of the ...
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/proc/diskstats and iostat are right? strange values on my test

My question is quite simple.. I am doing some tests to confirm the perfect work of both (diskstats and iostat) disk meters and something is wrong here. I write this command on cmd and I get the ...
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How can I get read/write instant speed of a Hard Drive using /proc/diskstats data?

I know that the proc/diskstats file presents these data columns: 1 - major number 2 - minor mumber 3 - device name 4 - reads completed successfully 5 - reads merged 6 - sectors read 7 - time spent ...
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Software raid problem

We have a software raid on our server and we have a problem with disk performances. From time to time disk i/o freezes. During those periods iostat shows that one disk is faster than another. Both ...
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Why doesn't my IOstat change its output at all?

My IOstat doesn't change...at all. It'll show a change in blocks being read and written, but it doesn't change at all when it comes to blocks/kB/MB read and written. When the server sits idle...it ...
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How can I find the CPU resource utilization of a process and all its children [duplicate]

If I have a process that spawns child processes, is there a good way to get a single number representing the combined CPU use of that process and its children? i.e is there a simple shell command ...
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Current disk load

I'm using iostat to get the current disk load each second with iostat -dx 1 (specially, %util column). However, I'd like to put this in a bash script and control the interval with the watch command ...
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iostat error counters on Solaris

In a Solaris system i use iostat -E and kstat to identify faulted disks. My problem is that I don't know if the problem is on disk, on controller, on bus or on the filesystem layer (ZFS). The key is ...
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Difference between 'sar' and 'iostat' commands

With sar and iowait, we can get CPU time utilization. But, when I executed both commands, I could see significant differences in their outputs. > iostat && sar 1 1 Linux ...
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Understanding iostat with Linux software RAID

I'm trying to understand what I see in iostat, specifically the differences between the output for md and sd devices. I have a couple of quite large Centos Linux servers, each with E3-1230 CPU, 16 GB ...
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iostat am I okay?

This is the result of iostat avg-cpu: %user %nice %system %iowait %steal %idle 13.65 0.00 9.98 3.86 2.22 70.29 Device: rrqm/s wrqm/s r/s w/s rkB/s ...