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Managing System Information, Processes, and Performance in Oracle® Solaris 11.4

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Updated: April 2019

System Activities That are Monitored

While your computer is running, counters in the operating system are incremented to track various system activities.

The following system activities are tracked:

  • Central processing unit (CPU) utilization
  • Buffer usage
  • Disk and tape input/output (I/O) activity
  • Terminal device activity
  • System call activity
  • Context switching
  • File access
  • Queue activity
  • Kernel tables
  • Interprocess communication
  • Paging
  • Free memory and swap space
  • Kernel memory allocation (KMA)

The Oracle Solaris software provides several tools to help you track how your system is performing.

Table 5  Performance Monitoring Commands
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cpustat and cputrack commands
Monitors performance of a system or a process using CPU performance counters.
netstat and nfsstat commands
Displays information about network performance.
ps and prstat commands
Displays information about active processes.
sar and sadc commands
Collects and reports on system activity data.
swap command
Displays information about available swap space on your system.
vmstat and iostat commands
Summarizes system activity data, such as virtual memory statistics, disk usage, and CPU activity.
kstat2 and mpstat commands
Examines the available kernel statistics, or kstats, on the system and reports those statistics which match the criteria specified on the command line. The mpstat command reports processor statistics in tabular form.