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
       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 Bligh's 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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