I'm trying to find memory usage stats for processes after they finish (on Linux). Is there a way to do this?

I know I can get this data while a process is running by looking in /proc/{id}/status, but that file is gone after the process dies.

  • Why not doing it while the process is running?
    – Khaled
    Nov 23, 2010 at 8:10
  • Maybe he's trying to find out why it died. Nov 23, 2010 at 13:30
  • I'm trying to include memory-usage in some benchmark data (from another program that starts these up), but I won't know the real peak usage till after the processes die. Nov 23, 2010 at 15:23

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How about this: http://tstarling.com/blog/2010/06/measuring-memory-usage-with-strace/


atop has a daemon mode, which will log various kinds of resource use by individual processes.

The debian package runs it as /usr/bin/atop -a -w /var/log/atop.log 600. You can access the data with sudo atop -r, and navigate to a time the system was loaded, or your application died, using t and T. There are various ways to present the data as well, similar to other top tools.

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