SUMMARY: Graphical Memory Usage Tool

From: Bullock, Marty (
Date: Mon Dec 29 1997 - 20:56:11 CST

First, I must apologize for the late summary...between training,
holidays, and vacation, I simply ran out of time...but enough with the
pleasantries...on to the good stuff:

Here's the original question:

>>Has anyone seen, or know about, a tool for Solaris 2.x that displays
>>complete memory usage of a system (per process) in a real-time,
>>graphical format, similar to "gmemusage" on SGI systems?

...and the answer IS!

proctool, by an overwhelming majority!

It can be obtained from:
As you might guess, I haven't had time to test it yet, but I'll get
there...maybe next year. :-)

There were several other interesting suggestions, which I'll be checking
out as well. I've included clips from some of the responses concerning
these as well.

>From Matteo Sardella:

>also I've had the same problem for at least 2 years.
>Last week I got this reference from our local Sun support :
>- memtool package : a free package that can be obtained sending a
>request to
--Something NEW?
>You could also try to get from your local Sun support an "internal(!)"
>Sun white paper from the title "The Solaris Memory System" just
>in October and already covering Solaris 2.6
>Other precious white papers about memory handling can be found at the
> M. Sardella

>From Casper Dik :
> Like top?
--not really.

> The solaris FAQ says:
> 2.3) What Software is available for Solaris 2.x?
> Most commercial software that ran on 4.x either will run in BCP
> mode, or is available for Solaris 2.x, or is being ported now.
> Solaris 2.3 BCP mode finally supports statically-linked
> executables.
> Solaris 2.5 BCP mode supports mixed mode (part static, part
> dynamic)
> executables too.
> You can obtain a list of official 3rd party porting
> commitments, maintained by Sun's "Solaris Demand Center"
> (whatever that is), by sending electronic mail to
> "" -- this is an automatic reply
> server. The list shows what third party applications are
> currently
> available for Solaris, and lists expected dates for many more.
> Sun's web pages contain a searchable index
> <>
> of commercial programs and a link to an outside contractor
> <>
> who gathers data on free and public domain programs.
> A list of freeware (some "public domain", but mostly copyright-
> but-freely-distributable) [as well as commercial software??]
> that has been ported to Solaris 2.x
> is posted monthly to the newsgroup comp.unix.solaris by
> (Richard Steinberger). Look for this:
> Subject: Solaris SW list. Monthly Post.
> <>
> Some software that invariably needs minor tweaking after an OS
> upgrade
> is included here specially. It's almost always necessary to
> recompile
> it after an OS upgrade, but if that still doesn't give a working
> version, make sure you check the archives for the latest version:
> Top - a process monitor
> <>
> Site carrying the latest version of Top
> <>
> Lsof - list open files
> <>
> Identd - a daemon that implements RFC1413
> <>
> scsiinfo - a program that lists SCSI devices.
> <>
> sysinfo - a system hardware information program.
> <>
> If you use gcc, it is important to remember that you must re-run
> fixincludes or re-install gcc after an OS upgrade or you'll be
> compiling with the old include files which will essentially give
> you the above programs as if compiled for a previous OS release.
> --- end of excerpt from the FAQ
> Questions marked with a * or + have been changed or added since
> the FAQ was last posted
> The most recently posted version of the FAQ is available from
> <>
Thanks to all that replied!

Marty Bullock

"Out the 10Base-T, through the router, off the bridge, over the leased
line, past the firewall, down the T1...nothing but Net."

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