Mediate disk io with ionice
first, find the heavy user with iostat or the like.
this will give you a device mapper name. dm-xx
xx is the minor number you see in ls -l /dev/mapper
First, look at the console. Is it spinning on an oom-kiler? in that case, it's probably alrealdy messed up for the user, so just reboot it.
Next, if it's okay, they are just using a lot of I/O, you can make I/O only suck for them with ionice.
look up the domain ID now, in this case, it's 52
[root@chariot ~]# ps ax |grep blkback.52.xvd 2745 ? S< 1:54 [blkback.52.xvda] 2746 ? S< 0:00 [blkback.52.xvde] 2747 ? S< 0:00 [blkback.52.xvdf] 26608 pts/9 R+ 0:00 grep blkback.52.xvd [root@chariot ~]#
in my case, almost everything is xvda.
[root@chariot ~]# ionice -p 2745 -c 2 -n 7
limited, I think?