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Is there a tool that will monitor the creation and destruction of Linux processes and generate data that would enable me to graph these events with respect to time? Or, alternatively, the tool would itself provide a graph or other visualization?

In other words, I would like to obtain a timeline of process creation/destruction over a certain time period. Other details about process activity, such as CPU utilization, would be a bonus.

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The lastcomm command examines the logfile /var/log/pacct if process accounting is enabled.

See man acct.

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