Useful Tools for Observing Processes for New SmartOS Users

August 10, 2012 - by joyentlindsay

Dave Pacheco, Tech lead of our Introspection Team here at Joyent, has put together a review of some of his favorite tools, many that are often overlooked by users without an illumos background.  

illumos, with Solaris before it, has a history of delivering rich tools for understanding the system, but discovering these tools can be difficult for new users. Sometimes, tools just have different names than people are used to. In many cases, users don’t even know such tools might exist.

In this post I’ll describe some tools I find most useful, both as a developer and an administrator. This is not intended to be a comprehensive reference, but more like part of an orientation for users new to illumos (and SmartOS in particular) but already familiar with other Unix systems. This post will likely be review for veteran illumos and Solaris users.

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