VMSTAT(8) Linux Administrator's Manual VMSTAT(8)
vmstat - Report virtual memory statistics
vmstat [-n] [delay [ count]]
vmstat reports information about processes, memory, paging, block IO,
traps, and cpu activity.
The first report produced gives averages since the last reboot. Addi-
tional reports give information on a sampling period of length delay.
The process and memory reports are instantaneous in either case.
The -n switch causes the header to be displayed only once rather than
delay is the delay between updates in seconds. If no delay is speci-
fied, only one report is printed with the average values since boot.
count is the number of updates. If no count is specified and delay is
defined, count defaults to infinity.
The -V switch results in displaying version information.
r: The number of processes waiting for run time.
b: The number of processes in uninterruptable sleep.
w: The number of processes swapped out but otherwise runnable. This
field is calculated, but Linux never desperation swaps.
swpd: the amount of virtual memory used (kB).
free: the amount of idle memory (kB).
buff: the amount of memory used as buffers (kB).
si: Amount of memory swapped in from disk (kB/s).
so: Amount of memory swapped to disk (kB/s).
bi: Blocks sent to a block device (blocks/s).
bo: Blocks received from a block device (blocks/s).
in: The number of interrupts per second, including the clock.
cs: The number of context switches per second.
These are percentages of total CPU time.
us: user time
sy: system time
id: idle time
vmstat does not require special permissions.
These reports are intended to help identify system bottlenecks. Linux
vmstat does not count itself as a running process.
All linux blocks are currently 1k, except for CD-ROM blocks which are
ps(1), top(1), free(1)
Does not tabulate the block io per device or count the number of system
Written by Henry Ware <email@example.com>.
Throatwobbler Ginkgo Labs 27 July 1994 VMSTAT(8)