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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 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
       following are supported.  In  the  case  of  letters,  both  cases  are

       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


       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 <>.