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dcstat - Directory entry cache (dcache) stats. Uses Linux eBPF/bcc.

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NAME

dcstat - Directory entry cache (dcache) stats. Uses Linux eBPF/bcc.

SYNOPSIS

dcstat [interval [count]]

DESCRIPTION

The Linux directory entry cache (dcache) improves the performance of file and directory name lookups. This tool provides per-second summary statistics of dcache performance.
 
This uses kernel dynamic tracing of kernel functions, lookup_fast() and d_lookup(), which will need to be modified to match kernel changes.
 
Since this uses BPF, only the root user can use this tool.

REQUIREMENTS

CONFIG_BPF and bcc.

EXAMPLES

Print summaries each second:
# dcstat
Print output every five seconds, three times:
# dcstat 5 3

FIELDS

REFS/s
Number dcache lookups (references) per second.
SLOW/s
Number of dcache lookups that failed the lookup_fast() path and executed the lookup_slow() path instead.
MISS/s
Number of dcache misses (failed both fast and slow lookups).
HIT%
Percentage of dcache hits over total references.

OVERHEAD

The overhead depends on the frequency of file and directory name lookups. While the per-event overhead is low, some applications may make over 100k lookups per second, and the low per-event overhead will begin to add up, and could begin to be measurable (over 10% CPU usage). Measure in a test environment.

SOURCE

This is from bcc.
https://github.com/iovisor/bcc
Also look in the bcc distribution for a companion _examples.txt file containing example usage, output, and commentary for this tool.

OS

Linux

STABILITY

Unstable - in development.

AUTHOR

Brendan Gregg

SEE ALSO

dcsnoop(8)
2016-02-09 USER COMMANDS