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SLABTOP(1)                    Linux User's Manual                   SLABTOP(1)

       slabtop - display kernel slab cache information in real time

       slabtop [ options ]

       slabtop(1)  displays  detailed  kernel  slab  cache information in real time.  It displays a listing of the top
       caches sorted by one of the listed sort criteria.  It also displays a statistics header filled with slab  layer

       Normal  invocation  of  slabtop(1)  does  not require any options.  The behavior, however, can be fine-tuned by
       specifying one or more of the following flags:

       --delay=n, -d n
              Refresh the display every n seconds.  By default, slabtop(1) refreshes the display every three  seconds.
              To exit the program, hit q.

       --sort=S, -s S
              Sort by S, where S is one of the sort criteria.

       --once, -o
              Display the output once and then exit.

       --version, -V
              Display version information and exit.

       --help Display usage information and exit.

       The  following  are  valid sort criteria used to sort the individual slab caches and thereby determine what are
       the "top" slab caches to display.  The default sort criteria is to sort by the number of objects ("o").

       The sort criteria can also be changed while slabtop is running by pressing the associated character.

       a:     sort by number of active objects

       b:     sort by objects per slab

       c:     sort by cache size

       l:     sort by number of slabs

       v      sort by number of active slabs

       n:     sort by name

       o:     sort by number of objects

       p:     sort by pages per slab

       s:     sort by object size

       u:     sort by cache utilization

       slabtop(1) accepts keyboard commands from the user during use.  The following are supported.  In  the  case  of
       letters, both cases are accepted.

       Each of the valid sort characters are also accepted, to change the sort routine. See the section SORT CRITERIA.

              Refresh the screen.

       Q      Quit the program.

       /proc/slabinfo -- slab information

       free(1), ps(1), top(1), vmstat(8)

       Currently, slabtop(1) requires a 2.4 or later kernel (specifically, a version  1.1  or  later  /proc/slabinfo).
       Kernel 2.2 should be supported in the future.

       The  slabtop statistic header is tracking how many bytes of slabs are being used and it not a measure of physi-
       cal memory. The 'Slab' field in the /proc/meminfo file is tracking information about used slab physical memory.

       Written by Chris Rivera and Robert Love.

       slabtop(1) was inspired by Martin Bligh's perl script, vmtop.  The procps package is maintained by Albert Caha-
       lan <>.

       Please send bug reports to <>.

Linux                             13 Sep 2003                       SLABTOP(1)