System administrators familiar with the Linux operating system use the tools in the 'procps' toolset all the time. Tools which read from /proc include top, iostat, vmstat, sar and others. The files in /proc contain useful information about the performance of the system. Most of the files are documented in the Linux kernel documentation. You can also check man 5 proc.
Most performance monitoring tools invoke other tools like iostat to collect performance information instead of reading from the /proc filesytem itself. This begs the question, what can you do if you don't have access to those tools? Perhaps you are using a hosted Linux database and have no access to the underlying shell to execute tools like iostat or top? How could you gather information about the performance of the actual system without being [Read more...]
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