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VMSTAT(8)              DragonFly System Manager's Manual             VMSTAT(8)


vmstat -- report virtual memory statistics


vmstat [-imosuvz] [-c count] [-M core] [-N system] [-w wait] [-n devs] [-p type,if,pass] [disks]


Vmstat reports certain kernel statistics kept about process, virtual memory, disk, trap and cpu activity. The options are as follows: -b Formatted numbers use a brief format which some may find more readable with looped output. -c Repeat the display count times. The first display is for the time since a reboot and each subsequent report is for the time period since the last display. If no repeat count is specified, and -w is specified, the default is infinity, otherwise the default is one. -i Report on the number of interrupts taken by each device since system startup. -M Extract values associated with the name list from the specified core instead of the default /dev/kmem. -N Extract the name list from the specified system instead of the default /boot/kernel. -m Report on the usage of kernel dynamic memory listed first by size of allocation and then by type of usage. -n Change the maximum number of disks to display from the default of 2. -o Report the usage of kernel object cache. It only works on the running system. -p Specify which types of devices to display. There are three different categories of devices: device type: da Direct Access devices sa Sequential Access devices printer Printers proc Processor devices worm Write Once Read Multiple devices cd CD devices scanner Scanner devices optical Optical Memory devices changer Medium Changer devices comm Communication devices array Storage Array devices enclosure Enclosure Services devices floppy Floppy devices interface: IDE Integrated Drive Electronics devices SCSI Small Computer System Interface devices other Any other device interface passthrough: pass Passthrough devices The user must specify at least one device type, and may specify at most one device type from each category. Multiple device types in a single device type statement must be separated by commas. Any number of -p arguments may be specified on the command line. All -p arguments are ORed together to form a matching expression against which all devices in the system are compared. Any device that fully matches any -p argument will be included in the vmstat output, up to three devices, or the maximum number of devices specified by the user. -s Display the contents of the sum structure, giving the total number of several kinds of paging related events which have occurred since system startup. -u Output unformatted numeric values, suitable for field extraction and numeric sorting. Columnar output will not be nicely aligned. -v If specified together with -i, include IRQ numbers and IRQ target CPU numbers before device names. -w Pause wait seconds between each display. If no repeat wait interval is specified, the default is 1 second. -z Report on memory used by the kernel zone allocator, by zone. The information shown is the same as that returned by the vm.zone sysctl variable. By default, vmstat displays the following information: procs Information about the numbers of processes in various states. r in run queue b blocked for resources (i/o, paging, etc.) w runnable or short sleeper (< 20 secs) but swapped memory Information about the usage of virtual and real memory. Virtual pages (reported in units of 1024 bytes) are considered active if they belong to processes which are running or have run in the last 20 seconds. fre Approximate free and easily-freeable memory. page Information about page faults and paging activity. These are averaged each five seconds, and given in units per second. flt total number of page faults re page reclaims (simulating reference bits) pi pages paged in po pages paged out fr pages freed per second disks Disk operations per second (this field is system dependent). Typically paging will be split across the available drives. The header of the field is the first two characters of the disk name and the unit number. If more than three disk drives are configured in the system, vmstat displays only the first three drives, unless the user specifies the -n argument to increase the number of drives displayed. This will probably cause the display to exceed 80 columns, however. To force vmstat to display specific drives, their names may be supplied on the command line. vmstat defaults to show disks first, and then various other random devices in the system to add up to three devices, if there are that many devices in the system. If devices are specified on the command line, or if a device type matching pattern is specified (see above), vmstat will only display the given devices or the devices matching the pattern, and will not randomly select other devices in the system. faults Trap/interrupt rate averages per second over last 5 seconds. int device interrupts per interval (including clock interrupts) sys system calls per interval ctx cpu context switch rate (switches/interval) cpu Breakdown of percentage usage of CPU time. us user time for normal and low priority processes sy system time id cpu idle


/boot/kernel default kernel namelist /dev/kmem default memory file


The command: vmstat -w 5 will print what the system is doing every five seconds; this is a good choice of printing interval since this is how often some of the statistics are sampled in the system. Others vary every second and running the output for a while will make it apparent which are recomputed every second. The command: vmstat -p da -p cd -w 1 will tell vmstat to select the first three direct access or CDROM devices and display statistics on those devices, as well as other systems statistics every second.


fstat(1), netstat(1), nfsstat(1), ps(1), systat(1), iostat(8), pstat(8), sysctl(8) The sections starting with ``Interpreting system activity'' in Installing and Operating 4.3BSD.


The -c and -w options are only available with the default output. DragonFly 5.3 May 30, 2013 DragonFly 5.3

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