I really didn't know a better way to ask my question, hence you get a horribly named question.
I will explain what i want to do, maybe that will help you help me.
I would like to have my linux machine continuously monitor (every 10 minutes) all the processes on my machine. The information from each process that I require is the name, CPU usage, allocated (virtual) memory, and resident (ram) memory.
If these periodic reports were to be looked at, they would look something like this:
PROCESS CPU RAM VIRTUAL name1 % MB MB name2 % MB MB ...etc..etc
These reports should be stored in such a way that I can access them at a later date by giving a date/time scope (range). For instance, if I want to see the history of my processes from 12:00:00 1.12.12 till 12:00:00 2.12.12 I can - and it should give me the history of the processes for every 10 minutes between those date/time borders.
The format of the return is not important, that will be handled by a script anyway and can be modified into anything I need.
It should be a simple issue, i can already see all this information by simply looking at my
htop, but i need only a tool that will gather the desired fields for me for each processes every 10 minutes, and then also let me extract slices of that data based on date/time scopes (ranges).
note: I have limited experience with linux, so please give detailed information.
note2: The desired output will be something like this (after receiving the desired range)
CPU USAGE BY PROCESS: proc_nameA 1,2,2,2,2,2...... numbers represent % usage every 10 minutes... proc_nameB 4,3,3,6,1,2......
The same idea with the other information.