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       sadc - System activity data collector.


       /usr/lib/sysstat/sadc [ -C comment ] [ -S { INT | DISK | SNMP | IPV6 | POWER | XDISK | ALL
       | XALL } ] [ -F ] [ -L ] [ -V ] [ interval [ count ] ] [ outfile ]


       The sadc command samples system data a specified number of times (count)  at  a  specified
       interval  measured  in  seconds  (interval).  It  writes in binary format to the specified
       outfile or to standard output. If outfile is set to -, then sadc uses the standard  system
       activity daily data file, the /var/log/sysstat/sadd file, where the dd parameter indicates
       the current day.  By default sadc  collects  all  the  data  available  from  the  kernel.
       Exceptions are interrupts and disk data, for which the relevant options must be explicitly
       passed to sadc (see options below).

       When the count parameter is not specified, sadc writes  its  data  endlessly.   When  both
       interval  and count are not specified, and option -C is not used, a dummy record, which is
       used at system startup to mark the time when the counter restarts from 0, will be written.
       For example, one of the system startup script may write the restart mark to the daily data
       file by the command entry:

       /usr/lib/sysstat/sadc -

       The sadc command is intended to be used as a backend to the sar command.

       Note: The sadc command only reports on local activities.


       -C comment
              When neither the interval nor the count parameters are specified, this option tells
              sadc to write a dummy record containing the specified comment string.  This comment
              can then be displayed with option -C of sar.

       -F     The creation of outfile will be forced. If the file already exists and has a format
              unknown  to sadc then it will be truncated. This may be useful for daily data files
              created by an older version of sadc and whose format is no longer  compatible  with
              current one.

       -L     sadc  will  try  to  get  an  exclusive lock on the outfile before writing to it or
              truncating it. Failure to get the lock is fatal, except in the case  of  trying  to
              write  a  normal (i.e. not a dummy and not a header) record to an existing file, in
              which case sadc will try again at the next interval. Usually,  the  only  reason  a
              lock  would  fail  would  be if another sadc process were also writing to the file.
              This can happen when cron is used to launch sadc.  If the  system  is  under  heavy
              load,  an  old  sadc  might  still  be  running when cron starts a new one. Without
              locking, this situation can result in a corrupted system activity file.

       -S { INT | DISK | SNMP | IPV6 | POWER | XDISK | ALL | XALL }
              Specify which optional activities should be collected by sadc.  Some activities are
              optional  to  prevent data files from growing too large.  The INT keyword indicates
              that sadc should collect data for system interrupts.  The  DISK  keyword  indicates
              that  sadc  should  collect  data  for  block  devices.  The SNMP and IPV6 keywords
              indicate respectively that SNMP and IPv6 statistics should be  collected  by  sadc.
              The  POWER  keyword indicates that sadc should collect power management statistics.
              The ALL keyword is equivalent to specifying all the keywords  above  and  therefore
              all previous activities are collected.

              The  XDISK  keyword  is  an  extension to the DISK one and indicates that partition
              statistics should be collected by sadc in addition to disk statistics. This  option
              works  only  with  kernels  2.6.25  and  later.   The XALL keyword is equivalent to
              specifying all the keywords above (including keyword extensions) and therefore  all
              possible activities are collected.

              Important  note: The activities (including optional ones) saved in an existing data
              file prevail over those selected with option -S.  As a consequence, appending  data
              to an existing data file will result in option -S being ignored.

       -V     Print version number then exit.


       The sadc command takes into account the following environment variable:

              If  this  variable  exists and its value is UTC then sadc will save its data in UTC
              time.  sadc will also use UTC time instead of local time to determine  the  current
              daily data file located in the /var/log/sysstat directory.


       /usr/lib/sysstat/sadc 1 10 /tmp/datafile
              Write 10 records of one second intervals to the /tmp/datafile binary file.

       /usr/lib/sysstat/sadc -C Backup_Start /tmp/datafile
              Insert the comment Backup_Start into the file /tmp/datafile.


       The /proc filesystem must be mounted for the sadc command to work.

       All  the  statistics  are not necessarily available, depending on the kernel version used.
       sadc assumes that you are using at least a 2.6 kernel.


              Indicate the daily data file, where the dd parameter is a number  representing  the
              day of the month.

       /proc contains various files with system statistics.


       Sebastien Godard (sysstat <at>


       sar(1), sa1(8), sa2(8), sadf(1), sysstat(5)