iotop does not show valid data in "SWAPIN" and "IO" columns.

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4


The SWAPIN and IO colums only show "?unavailable?".

Also an error message is seen:
"CONFIG_TASK_DELAY_ACCT not enabled in kernel, cannot determine SWAPIN and IO"

Total DISK READ :       0.00 B/s | Total DISK WRITE :       0.00 B/s
Actual DISK READ:       0.00 B/s | Actual DISK WRITE:       0.00 B/s
    1 be/4 root        0.00 B/s    0.00 B/s  ?unavailable?  systemd --switched-root --system --deserialize 30
    2 be/4 root        0.00 B/s    0.00 B/s  ?unavailable?  [kthreadd]
    3 be/0 root        0.00 B/s    0.00 B/s  ?unavailable?  [rcu_gp]
    4 be/0 root        0.00 B/s    0.00 B/s  ?unavailable?  [rcu_par_gp]
    6 be/0 root        0.00 B/s    0.00 B/s  ?unavailable?  [kworker/0:0H-events_highpri]
    9 be/0 root        0.00 B/s    0.00 B/s  ?unavailable?  [mm_percpu_wq]
   10 be/4 root        0.00 B/s    0.00 B/s  ?unavailable?  [rcu_tasks_kthre]
  109 rt/4 root        0.00 B/s    0.00 B/s  ?unavailable?  [irq/39-pciehp]
CONFIG_TASK_DELAY_ACCT not enabled in kernel, cannot determine SWAPIN and IO %



There are two options to resolve this issue. Either a kernel command line change that will require a reboot to be effective, or a sysctl edit that can be done while the system is running.

1. Kernel command line change:
Add the "delayacct" kernel command line option.
Edit /etc/default/grub 
change this line:
Then run:
grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

This will enable the option after the system is rebooted.

2. Enable the sysctl option:
A temporary fix:
echo 1 > /proc/sys/kernel/task_delayacct
sysctl -w kernel.task_delayacct=1

Confirm the change is complete:
sysctl -n kernel.task_delayacct

To make the change permanent after the system is rebooted:
echo "kernel.task_delayacct = 1" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
sysctl -p


This is because an upstream kernel commit changed the behavior
The commit is e4042ad492357fa995921376462b04a025dd53b6
    delayacct: Default disabled

Also commit 0cd7c741f01d added: ("delayacct: Add sysctl to enable at runtime").

Since Linux kernel 5.14, either kernel boot parameter 'delayacct' needs to
be specified or 'kernel.task_delayacct' sysctl needs to be enabled.

Additional Information

This was mention in the SLES15-SP4 release notes:

Latest iotop source (git:// mentions in its man page:

"At least the CONFIG_TASK_DELAY_ACCT, CONFIG_TASK_IO_ACCOUNTING, CONFIG_TASKSTATS and CONFIG_VM_EVENT_COUNTERS options need to be enabled in your Linux kernel build configuration and since Linux kernel 5.14, the kernel.task_delayacct sysctl enabled."



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  • Document ID:000020888
  • Creation Date: 13-Dec-2022
  • Modified Date:06-Jan-2023
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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