stress - Man Page

tool to impose load on and stress test systems

Examples (TL;DR)


stress [OPTION [ARG]] ...


`stress' imposes certain types of compute stress on your system

-?,  --help

show this help statement


show version statement

-v,  --verbose

be verbose

-q,  --quiet

be quiet

-n,  --dry-run

show what would have been done

-t,  --timeout N

timeout after N seconds

--backoff N

wait factor of N microseconds before work starts

-c,  --cpu N

spawn N workers spinning on sqrt()

-i,  --io N

spawn N workers spinning on sync()

-m,  --vm N

spawn N workers spinning on malloc()/free()

--vm-bytes B

malloc B bytes per vm worker (default is 256MB)

--vm-stride B

touch a byte every B bytes (default is 4096)

--vm-hang N

sleep N secs before free (default none, 0 is inf)


redirty memory instead of freeing and reallocating

-d,  --hdd N

spawn N workers spinning on write()/unlink()

--hdd-bytes B

write B bytes per hdd worker (default is 1GB)

Example: stress --cpu 8 --io 4 --vm 2 --vm-bytes 128M --timeout 10s

Note: Numbers may be suffixed with s,m,h,d,y (time) or B,K,M,G (size).

See Also

The full documentation for stress is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the info and stress programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info stress

should give you access to the complete manual.

Referenced By

ioping(1), stress-ng(1).

March 2010 stress 1.0.4