Process Activity Test

The ProcessActivity test reports statistics related to the number and size of processes executing on a system. This test works on Solaris, Linux, HPUX, and AIX platforms only.

Target of the test : Solaris, Linux, AIX, and HPUX systems

Agent deploying the test : An internal agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for the every process pattern configured .

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameter Description

Test Period

How often should the test be executed.


The host for which the test is to be configured.


The port at which the application listens.


Enter a comma separated list of processNames:processPattern pairs which identify the process(es) executing on the server under consideration. processName is a string that will be used for display purposes only. processPattern is an expression of the form - *expr* or expr or *expr or expr* or *expr1*expr2*... or expr1*expr2, etc. A leading '*' signifies any number of leading characters, while a trailing '*' signifies any number of trailing characters. For example, the Process parameter can contain the following value: Java:*java*. Here, Java is the pattern name that will be displayed in the eG monitor interface as the info (descriptor) of the ProcActivityTest. The Java pattern in our example will monitor those processes, the names of which embed the string 'java'.

Detailed Diagnosis

To make diagnosis more efficient and accurate, the eG Enterprise embeds an optional detailed diagnostic capability. With this capability, the eG agents can be configured to run detailed, more elaborate tests as and when specific problems are detected. To enable the detailed diagnosis capability of this test for a particular server, choose the On option. To disable the capability, click on the Off option.

The option to selectively enable/disable the detailed diagnosis capability will be available only if the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • The eG manager license should allow the detailed diagnosis capability
  • Both the normal and abnormal frequencies configured for the detailed diagnosis measures should not be 0.
Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

Current processes

Indicates the number of processes currently running.



Processes added

Indicates the number of processes added during the last measurement period.



Processes removed

Indicates the number of processes that were abnormally terminated/completed during the last measurement period.



Virtual size

Indicates the total size of the process in virtual memory.



Resident size

Indicates the resident size of the process. This denotes the size taken up by the process in the RAM, i.e., real address space.


Virtual size is always greater than or equal to the resident size of the process. This measure will not be available for AIX platforms.