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       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 behavior, however, can be
       fine-tuned by specifying one or more of the following 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

       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 following 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 version  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 memory.


       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 <>.