How to identify disk abusing process?

Bob - BLU blu at
Fri Aug 11 17:36:02 EDT 2006

So here is a Linux question that's been nagging at me.  Is there a simple (command line) way of identifying processes that are creating heavy disk i/o?  I suppose I could wrap some shell script around sar, or poke around in /proc, but thought asking here might be more productive and fun.  Any thoughts?

A secondary, less important, question is how to identify the file(s) being accessed.

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