NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | VERSIONS | NOTES | SEE ALSO | COLOPHON

SLABINFO(5)               Linux Programmer's Manual              SLABINFO(5)

NAME         top

       slabinfo - kernel slab allocator statistics

SYNOPSIS         top

       cat /proc/slabinfo

DESCRIPTION         top

       Frequently used objects in the Linux kernel (buffer heads, inodes,
       dentries, etc.)  have their own cache.  The file /proc/slabinfo gives
       statistics on these caches.  The following (edited) output shows an
       example of the contents of this file:

$ sudo cat /proc/slabinfo
slabinfo - version: 2.1
# name    <active_objs> <num_objs> <objsize> <objperslab> <pagesperslab> ...
sigqueue      100  100  160   25  1 : tunables  0  0  0 : slabdata   4   4  0
sighand_cache 355   405 2112  15  8 : tunables  0  0  0 : slabdata  27  27  0
kmalloc-8192   96   96  8192   4  8 : tunables  0  0  0 : slabdata  24  24  0
...

       The first line of output includes a version number, which allows an
       application that is reading the file to handle changes in the file
       format.  (See VERSIONS, below.)  The next line lists the names of the
       columns in the remaining lines.

       Each of the remaining lines displays information about a specified
       cache.  Following the cache name, the output shown in each line shows
       three components for each cache:

       *  statistics

       *  tunables

       *  slabdata

       The statistics are as follows:

       active_objs
              The number of objects that are currently active (i.e., in
              use).

       num_objs
              The total number of allocated objects (i.e., objects that are
              both in use and not in use).

       objsize
              The size of objects in this slab, in bytes.

       objperslab
              The number of objects stored in each slab.

       pagesperslab
              The number of pages allocated for each slab.

       The tunables entries in each line show tunable parameters for the
       corresponding cache.  When using the default SLUB allocator, there
       are no tunables, the /proc/slabinfo file is not writable, and the
       value 0 is shown in these fields.  When using the older SLAB
       allocator, the tunables for a particular cache can be set by writing
       lines of the following form to /proc/slabinfo:

           # echo 'name limit batchcount sharedfactor' > /proc/slabinfo

       Here, name is the cache name, and limit, batchcount, and sharedfactor
       are integers defining new values for the corresponding tunables.  The
       limit value should be a positive value, batchcount should be a
       positive value that is less than or equal to limit, and sharedfactor
       should be nonnegative.  If any of the specified values is invalid,
       the cache settings are left unchanged.

       The tunables entries in each line contain the following fields:

       limit  The maximum number of objects that will be cached.

       batchcount
              On SMP systems, this specifies the number of objects to
              transfer at one time when refilling the available object list.

       sharedfactor
              [To be documented]

       The slabdata entries in each line contain the following fields:

       active_slabs
              The number of active slabs.

       nums_slabs
              The total number of slabs.

       sharedavail
              [To be documented]

       Note that because of object alignment and slab cache overhead,
       objects are not normally packed tightly into pages.  Pages with even
       one in-use object are considered in-use and cannot be freed.

       Kernels configured with CONFIG_DEBUG_SLAB will also have additional
       statistics fields in each line, and the first line of the file will
       contain the string "(statistics)".  The statistics field include :
       the high water mark of active objects; the number of times objects
       have been allocated; the number of times the cache has grown (new
       pages added to this cache); the number of times the cache has been
       reaped (unused pages removed from this cache); and the number of
       times there was an error allocating new pages to this cache.

VERSIONS         top

       The /proc/slabinfo file first appeared in Linux 2.1.23.  The file is
       versioned, and over time there have been a number of versions with
       different layouts:

       1.0    Present throughout the Linux 2.2.x kernel series.

       1.1    Present in the Linux 2.4.x kernel series.

       1.2    A format that was briefly present in the Linux 2.5 development
              series.

       2.0    Present in Linux 2.6.x kernels up to and including Linux
              2.6.9.

       2.1    The current format, which first appeared in Linux 2.6.10.

NOTES         top

       Only root can read and (if the kernel was configured with
       CONFIG_SLAB) write the /proc/slabinfo file.

       The total amount of memory allocated to the SLAB/SLUB cache is shown
       in the Slab field of /proc/meminfo.

SEE ALSO         top

       slabtop(1)

       The kernel source file Documentation/vm/slub.txt and
       tools/vm/slabinfo.c.

COLOPHON         top

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                                 2017-05-03                      SLABINFO(5)

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