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nmon is showing me 99% memory usage and swap activity. My user is not very active at the moment so it should be someone elses fault.

Is there a way I figure how much memory each user is taking? Must be a non root command. It is an AIX 5 box.


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yeah, I'm pretty sure the answer lays there, but I was hoping to not have to learn how to interpret svmons output right now (although it is sure attractive). Wish there was a more straight forward answer. – filippo Oct 28 '11 at 9:51
AIX will always use as much memory as possible. 99% memory 'in use' isn't an issue as long as it's being used efficiently. Also, 'swap activity' is meaningless without some quantifier. Before looking for a solution, make sure you have a problem. How are you deciding there is swap activity and how much of it is there? – EightBitTony Oct 28 '11 at 10:58
You are right. I do know AIX tries to keep memory at maximum and that there is always some paging activity. But the problem here is pretty obvious (well, not a problem as it stands, rather high activity situation), and I just want to take a look into it. Not worth it to go into details since this is an rather expected server load, I just want to see it's distribution across the users. – filippo Oct 28 '11 at 11:45
Then you need to learn to use svmon - for which you'll need to be root (iirc) – EightBitTony Oct 28 '11 at 13:13

You can't do this without being root. You need to be root, and you use svmon -U

You can get some information from ps, topas, maybe even nmon, but not down to the user level. That's what svmon is for.

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