Import vmstat logs into LoadRunner

Posted by – 2010/11/15

Here’s a little script to format vmstat’s output into something you can import into LoadRunner’s analysis tool:

import sys, time
                 "Proc Run,Proc sleep,"
                 "Mem swap use,Mem free,Mem buffered,Mem Cache,"
                 "Swap in,Swap out,Blocks in,Blocks out,"
                 "Interrupts,Context switches,"
                 "CPU %User,CPU %System,CPU %Idle,CPU %Wait,CPU %Stolen\n")
for line in iter(sys.stdin.readline, ""):
    if line[0] != 'p' and line[0:2] != ' r':
        t = time.strftime("%d/%m/%Y,%H:%M:%S", time.localtime(time.time()))
        line = ' '.join(line.split())
        line = line.replace(" ", ",")
        sys.stdout.write("%s,%s\n" % (t, line))

(Thanks to fabrizoM for the help!)

Run it from a shell script like so:

vmstat 5 | python >> servername-vmstat.log

Then start the job from the shell, press CTRL+Z and nohup it (so it doesn’t die if you disconnect) and tail it (so you can keep an eye on it) like so:

[1]+  Stopped                 ./
[gaz@box ~]$ bg
[1]+ ./ &
[gaz@box ~]$ disown
[gaz@box ~]$ tail -f servername-vmstat.log
Date,Time,Proc Run,Proc sleep,Mem swap use,Mem free,Mem buffered,Mem Cache,Swap in,Swap out,Blocks in,Blocks out,Interrupts,Context switches,CPU %User,CPU %System,CPU %Idle,CPU %Wait,CPU %Stolen

When you’re done, import it into the Analysis tool via the Tools -> External Monitors menu. Make sure you set the correct date for the custom format and remember to keep a close eye on the timezones. If you make a mistake while importing there’s no going back, so save a backup of your analysis files before you attempt this.

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  1. Sean Brady says:

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