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vfsstat - Statistics for some common VFS calls. Uses Linux eBPF/bcc.

vfsstat(8) System Manager's Manual vfsstat(8)

NAME

vfsstat - Statistics for some common VFS calls. Uses Linux eBPF/bcc.

SYNOPSIS

vfsstat [interval [count]]

DESCRIPTION

This traces some common VFS calls and prints per-second summaries. This can be useful for general workload characterization, and looking for patterns in operation usage over time.
 
This works by tracing some kernel vfs functions using dynamic tracing, and will need updating to match any changes to these functions. Edit the script to customize which functions are traced. Also see vfscount, which is more easily customized to trace multiple functions.
 
Since this uses BPF, only the root user can use this tool.

REQUIREMENTS

CONFIG_BPF and bcc.

EXAMPLES

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

FIELDS

READ/s
Number of vfs_read() calls as a per-second average.
WRITE/s
Number of vfs_write() calls as a per-second average.
CREATE/s
Number of vfs_create() calls as a per-second average.
OPEN/s
Number of vfs_open() calls as a per-second average.
FSYNC/s
Number of vfs_fsync() calls as a per-second average.

OVERHEAD

This traces various kernel vfs functions and maintains in-kernel counts, which are asynchronously copied to user-space. While the rate of VFS operations can be very high (>1M/sec), this is a relatively efficient way to trace these events, and so the overhead is expected to be small for normal workloads. 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

vfscount(8)
2015-08-18 USER COMMANDS