if my disks start spinning wildly i wanna know whats causing it

Flávio Etrusco flavio.etrusco at gmail.com
Tue Feb 9 00:39:34 UTC 2010

On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 9:25 PM, Rene Veerman <rene7705 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi..
> I got a feature request for "system monitor" for you:
> Please add the ability to view disk-activity/second per program
> running per mountpoint.
> Don't forget to include system-level processes.
> Very occasionally my disks start spinning without me knowingly initiating it,
> and i would really like to be able to look up quickly which program is
> responsible.
> --

I guess you/we should issue a wishlist on launchpad ;-)
I guess everybody always wanted a clean & mean very high priority
system monitor for those "what the heck is going on" moments. Turns
out no operating system/kernel has knowledge of what files are
touching the disks or what process is trashing the swap because they
involve separate layers that don't have full awareness of each other.
Linux is gaining some advanced tracing facilities and I guess this
will soon be possible...

Best regards,

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