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iostat -- report I/O statistics
iostat [-CdDITx] [-c count] [-M core] [-N system] [-w wait] [drives]
iostat displays kernel I/O statistics on terminal, disk and CPU opera-
tions. By default, iostat displays one line of statistics averaged over
the machine's run time. The use of -c presents successive lines averaged
over the wait period. The -I option causes iostat to print raw, unaver-
Only the last disk option specified (-d, -D, or -x) is used.
The options are as follows:
-c count Repeat the display count times. Unless the -I flag is in
effect, the first display is for the time since a reboot and
each subsequent report is for the time period since the last
display. If no wait interval is specified, the default is 1
-C Show CPU statistics. This is enabled by default unless the
-d, -D, -T, or -x flags are used.
-d Show disk statistics. This is the default. Displays kilo-
bytes per transfer, number of transfers, and megabytes trans-
ferred. Use of this flag disables display of CPU and tty
-D Show alternative disk statistics. Displays kilobytes trans-
ferred, number of transfers, and time spent in transfers.
Use of this flag disables the default display.
-I Show the running total values, rather than an average.
-M core Extract values associated with the name list from the speci-
fied core instead of the default ``/dev/mem''.
-N system Extract the name list from the specified system instead of
the default ``/netbsd''.
-T Show tty statistics. This is enabled by default unless the
-C, -d, or -D flags are used.
-w wait Pause wait seconds between each display. If no repeat count
is specified, the default is infinity.
-x Show extended disk statistics. Each disk is displayed on a
line of its own with all available statistics. This option
overrides all other display options, and all disks are dis-
played unless specific disks are provided as arguments.
Additionally, separate read and write statistics are dis-
iostat displays its information in the following format:
tin characters read from terminals
tout characters written to terminals
Disk operations. The header of the field is the disk name and unit
number. If more than four disk drives are configured in the sys-
tem, iostat displays only the first four drives. To force iostat
to display specific drives, their names may be supplied on the com-
KB/t Kilobytes transferred per disk transfer
t/s transfers per second
MB/s Megabytes transferred per second
The alternative display format, (selected with -D), presents the
KB Kilobytes transferred
xfr Disk transfers
time Seconds spent in disk activity
us % of CPU time in user mode
ni % of CPU time in user mode running niced processes
sy % of CPU time in system mode
id % of CPU time in idle mode
/netbsd Default kernel namelist.
/dev/mem Default memory file.
fstat(1), netstat(1), nfsstat(1), ps(1), systat(1), vmstat(1), pstat(8)
The sections starting with ``Interpreting system activity'' in Installing
and Operating 4.3BSD.
iostat appeared in Version 6 AT&T UNIX. The -x option was added in
NetBSD 4.0 March 1, 2003 NetBSD 4.0