bcc-swapin - Man Page

Count swapins by process. Uses BCC/eBPF.

Synopsis

swapin

Description

This tool counts swapins by process, to show which process is affected by swapping (if swap devices are in use). This can explain a significant source of application latency, if it has began swapping due to memory pressure on the system.

This works by tracing the swap_readpage() kernel funciton using dynamic instrumentation. This tool may need maintenance to keep working if that function changes in later kernels.

Since this uses BPF, only the root user can use this tool.

Requirements

CONFIG_BPF and BCC.

Examples

Count swapins by process, showing per-second summaries.

# swapin

Fields

1st

The process name.

2nd

The process ID.

3rd

The count of swapins during that interval.

Overhead

The rate of swapins should be low (bounded by swapin device IOPS), such that the overhead of this tool is expected to be negligible.

Source

This originated as a bpftrace tool from the book "BPF Performance Tools", published by Addison Wesley (2019):

http://www.brendangregg.com/bpf-performance-tools-book.html

See the book for more documentation on this tool.

This version is in the BCC repository:

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

swapon(8)

Info

2019-07-05 USER COMMANDS