fatrace - Report system wide file access events

Property Value
Distribution openSUSE Leap 15.1
Repository openSUSE Oss all
Package filename fatrace-0.9-lp151.2.2.x86_64.rpm
Package name fatrace
Package version 0.9
Package release lp151.2.2
Package architecture x86_64
Package type rpm
Category System/Monitoring
Homepage https://launchpad.net/fatrace
License GPL-3.0+
Maintainer -
Download size 29.55 KB
Installed size 58.43 KB
Part of the efforts to reduce power consumption is to identify processes
which keep waking up the disk even when the computer is idle.
Unfortunately there is no really good tool to trace file access events
system-wide. powertop claims to, but its output is both very incomplete,
and also wrong (e. g. it claims that read accesses are writes). strace
gives you everything you do and don’t want to know about what’s going on,
but is per-process, and attaching strace to all running and new processes
is cumbersome. blktrace is system-wide, but operates at a way too low
level for this task: its output has nothing to do any more with files or
even inodes, just raw block numbers which are impossible to convert back
to an inode and file path.
So I created a little tool called fatrace (“file access trace”, not “fat
race” :-) ) which uses fanotify, a couple of /proc lookups and some glue
to provide this. By default it monitors the whole system, i. e. all mounts
(except the virtual ones like /proc, tmpfs, etc.), but you can also tell
it to just consider the mount of the current directory. You can write the
log into a file (stdout by default), and run it for a specified number of
seconds. Optional time stamps and PID filters are also provided.


Package Version Architecture Repository
fatrace - - -


Name Value
/usr/bin/python3 -
libc.so.6(GLIBC_2.13)(64bit) -


Name Value
fatrace = 0.9-lp151.2.2
fatrace(x86-64) = 0.9-lp151.2.2


Type URL
Mirror widehat.opensuse.org
Binary Package fatrace-0.9-lp151.2.2.x86_64.rpm
Source Package fatrace-0.9-lp151.2.2.src.rpm

Install Howto

Install fatrace rpm package:

# zypper install fatrace




2015-01-12 - p.drouand@gmail.com
- Update to version 0.9
+ power-usage-report: Adjust parsing to also work for powertop 2.6.
- Clean-up spec file
- Fix project Url
- Use download Url as source
- Remove make and gcc explicit requirements; it's implicit
2013-04-15 - cfarrell@suse.com
- license update: GPL-3.0+
no indication of GPL-3.0 "only" license in package
2013-04-12 - pth@suse.de
- Initial package
- Add explicit BuildRequires for glibc-devel, gcc and make

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