Find out which processes are Swapping

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Ever wanted to know which processes are swapping and how much swap space they are using. Starting from kernel 2.6.16, we can find out using smaps which can be found in the proc filesystem. The script below will make it easy for you and lists all processes and how much swap space they are using.
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Ever wanted to know which processes are swapping and how much swap space they are using. Starting from kernel 2.6.16, we can find out using smaps which can be found in the proc filesystem. The script below will make it easy for you and lists all processes and how much swap space they are using and must be run by root.
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SUM=0
SUM=0
OVERALL=0
OVERALL=0
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if [ "$(id -u)" != "0" ]; then
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  echo "This script must be run as root" 1>&2
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  exit 1
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fi
for DIR in `find /proc/ -maxdepth 1 -type d | egrep "^/proc/[0-9]"` ; do
for DIR in `find /proc/ -maxdepth 1 -type d | egrep "^/proc/[0-9]"` ; do

Latest revision as of 12:19, 2 January 2013

Ever wanted to know which processes are swapping and how much swap space they are using. Starting from kernel 2.6.16, we can find out using smaps which can be found in the proc filesystem. The script below will make it easy for you and lists all processes and how much swap space they are using and must be run by root.


The script:

#!/bin/bash
#

SUM=0
OVERALL=0

if [ "$(id -u)" != "0" ]; then
   echo "This script must be run as root" 1>&2
   exit 1
fi

for DIR in `find /proc/ -maxdepth 1 -type d | egrep "^/proc/[0-9]"` ; do
  PID=`echo $DIR | cut -d / -f 3`
  PROGNAME=`ps -p $PID -o comm --no-headers`
  for SWAP in `grep Swap $DIR/smaps 2>/dev/null| awk '{ print $2 }'`; do
    let SUM=$SUM+$SWAP
  done
  echo "PID=$PID - Swap used: ${SUM}K - ($PROGNAME )"
  let OVERALL=$OVERALL+$SUM
  SUM=0
done

echo "Overall swap used: $OVERALL"
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