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SLABTOP(1)		      Linux Users Manual		   SLABTOP(1)

       slabtop - display kernel slab cache information in real time

       slabtop [options]

       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
       layer information.

       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
       lowing flags:

       --delay=n, -d n
	      Refresh the display every n in  seconds.	 By  default,  slabtop
	      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	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.

	      slab information

       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 future.

       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)

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