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slabtop - display kernel slab cache information in real time
slabtop 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
Normal invocation of slabtop does not require any options. The behav
ior, however, can be fine-tuned by specifying one or more of the fol
--delay=n, -d n
Refresh the display every n in seconds. By default, slabtop
refreshes the display every three seconds. To exit the program,
--sort=S, -s S
Sort by S, where S is one of the sort criteria.
Display the output once and then exit.
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 accepts keyboard commands from the user during use. The fol
lowing 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.
free(1), ps(1), top(1), vmstat(8)
Currently, slabtop requires a 2.4 or later kernel (specifically, a ver
sion 1.1 or later /proc/slabinfo). Kernel 2.2 should be supported in
The slabtop statistic header is tracking how many bytes of slabs are
being used and it not a measure of physical memory. The Slab field in
the /proc/meminfo file is tracking information about used slab physical
Written by Chris Rivera and Robert Love.
slabtop was inspired by Martin Blighs perl script, vmtop. The procps
package is maintained by Albert Cahalan .
Please send bug reports to .
Linux 13 Sep 2003 SLABTOP(1)