My August 2008 column has been published in ;login:. This month it’s about Solaris System Analysis – a checklist approach to solving a system being “slow” or “busted”.   Some ;login: contents is freely available at ;login: August 2008, but my column this month is not one of them. I’ve posted the .pdf here for those without a USENIX membership (although I strongly recommend you get one if you are interested in all things Unix).

I hope this column will turn into a living wiki about (Solaris) system analysis. I’ve prepopulated a wiki with the contents of the column, so now it’s up to you to add your thoughts to the procedure. It would be a great advance in systems administration if there was a canonocal source of first-step debugging information, and hopefully you will help make this wiki that source: