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NAME

       sysinfo - returns information on overall system statistics

SYNOPSIS

       #include <sys/sysinfo.h>

       int sysinfo(struct sysinfo *info);

DESCRIPTION

       Until Linux 2.3.16, sysinfo() used to return information in the following structure:

           struct sysinfo {
               long uptime;             /* Seconds since boot */
               unsigned long loads[3];  /* 1, 5, and 15 minute load averages */
               unsigned long totalram;  /* Total usable main memory size */
               unsigned long freeram;   /* Available memory size */
               unsigned long sharedram; /* Amount of shared memory */
               unsigned long bufferram; /* Memory used by buffers */
               unsigned long totalswap; /* Total swap space size */
               unsigned long freeswap;  /* swap space still available */
               unsigned short procs;    /* Number of current processes */
               char _f[22];             /* Pads structure to 64 bytes */
           };

       and the sizes were given in bytes.

       Since Linux 2.3.23 (i386), 2.3.48 (all architectures) the structure is:

           struct sysinfo {
               long uptime;             /* Seconds since boot */
               unsigned long loads[3];  /* 1, 5, and 15 minute load averages */
               unsigned long totalram;  /* Total usable main memory size */
               unsigned long freeram;   /* Available memory size */
               unsigned long sharedram; /* Amount of shared memory */
               unsigned long bufferram; /* Memory used by buffers */
               unsigned long totalswap; /* Total swap space size */
               unsigned long freeswap;  /* swap space still available */
               unsigned short procs;    /* Number of current processes */
               unsigned long totalhigh; /* Total high memory size */
               unsigned long freehigh;  /* Available high memory size */
               unsigned int mem_unit;   /* Memory unit size in bytes */
               char _f[20-2*sizeof(long)-sizeof(int)]; /* Padding for libc5 */
           };

       and the sizes are given as multiples of mem_unit bytes.

       sysinfo()  provides  a  simple  way  of  getting  overall system statistics.  This is more
       portable than reading /dev/kmem.

RETURN VALUE

       On success, zero is returned.  On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.

ERRORS

       EFAULT pointer to struct sysinfo is invalid

CONFORMING TO

       This function is Linux-specific, and should  not  be  used  in  programs  intended  to  be
       portable.

       The  Linux  kernel  has  a  sysinfo()  system  call since 0.98.pl6.  Linux libc contains a
       sysinfo() routine since 5.3.5, and glibc has one since 1.90.

SEE ALSO

       proc(5)

COLOPHON

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