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DEVSTAT(3)            DragonFly Library Functions Manual            DEVSTAT(3)


devstat, getnumdevs, getgeneration, getversion, checkversion, getdevs, selectdevs, buildmatch, compute_stats, compute_etime -- device statistics utility library


Device Statistics Library (libdevstat, -ldevstat)


#include <devstat.h> int getnumdevs(void); long getgeneration(void); int getversion(void); int checkversion(void); int getdevs(struct statinfo *stats); int selectdevs(struct device_selection **dev_select, int *num_selected, int *num_selections, long *select_generation, long current_generation, struct devstat *devices, int numdevs, struct devstat_match *matches, int num_matches, char **dev_selections, int num_dev_selections, devstat_select_mode select_mode, int maxshowdevs, int perf_select); int buildmatch(const char *match_str, struct devstat_match **matches, int *num_matches); int compute_stats(struct devstat *current, struct devstat *previous, long double etime, u_int64_t *total_bytes, u_int64_t *total_transfers, u_int64_t *total_blocks, long double *kb_per_transfer, long double *transfers_per_second, long double *mb_per_second, long double *blocks_per_second, long double *ms_per_transaction); long double compute_etime(struct timeval cur_time, struct timeval prev_time);


The devstat library is a library of helper functions for dealing with the kernel devstat(9) interface, which is accessible to users via sysctl(3). getnumdevs() returns the number of devices registered with the devstat subsystem in the kernel. getgeneration() returns the current generation of the devstat list of devices in the kernel. getversion() returns the current kernel devstat version. checkversion() checks the userland devstat version against the kernel devstat version. If the two are identical, it returns zero. Otherwise, it prints an appropriate error in devstat_errbuf and returns -1. getdevs() fetches the current list of devices and statistics into the supplied statinfo structure. The statinfo structure can be found in <devstat.h>: struct statinfo { struct kinfo_cputime cp_time; struct devinfo *dinfo; struct timeval busy_time; }; getdevs() expects the statinfo structure to be allocated, and it also expects the dinfo subelement to be allocated and zeroed prior to the first invocation of getdevs(). The dinfo subelement is used to store state between calls, and should not be modified after the first call to getdevs(). The dinfo subelement contains the following elements: struct devinfo { struct devstat *devices; u_int8_t *mem_ptr; long generation; int numdevs; }; The kern.devstat.all sysctl variable contains an array of devstat struc- tures, but at the head of the array is the current devstat generation. The reason the generation is at the head of the buffer is so that user- land software accessing the devstat statistics information can atomically get both the statistics information and the corresponding generation num- ber. If client software were forced to get the generation number via a separate sysctl variable (which is available for convenience), the list of devices could change between the time the client gets the generation and the time the client gets the device list. The mem_ptr subelement of the devinfo structure is a pointer to memory that is allocated, and resized if necessary, by getdevs(). The devices subelement of the devinfo structure is basically a pointer to the begin- ning of the array of devstat structures from the kern.devstat.all sysctl variable. The generation subelement of the devinfo structure contains the generation number from the kern.devstat.all sysctl variable. The numdevs subelement of the devinfo structure contains the current number of devices registered with the kernel devstat subsystem. selectdevs() selects devices to display based upon a number of criteria: specified devices Specified devices are the first selection priority. These are gen- erally devices specified by name by the user e.g. da0, da1, cd0. match patterns These are pattern matching expressions generated by buildmatch() from user input. performance If performance mode is enabled, devices will be sorted based on the bytes field in the device_selection structure passed in to selectdevs(). The bytes value currently must be maintained by the user. In the future, this may be done for him in a devstat library routine. If no devices have been selected by name or by pattern, the performance tracking code will select every device in the sys- tem, and sort them by performance. If devices have been selected by name or pattern, the performance tracking code will honor those selections and will only sort among the selected devices. order in the devstat list If the selection mode is set to DS_SELECT_ADD, and if there are still less than maxshowdevs devices selected, selectdevs() will automatically select up to maxshowdevs devices. selectdevs() performs selections in four different modes: DS_SELECT_ADD In add mode, selectdevs() will select any unselected devices specified by name or matching pattern. It will also select more devices, in devstat list order, until the number of selected devices is equal to maxshowdevs or until all devices are selected. DS_SELECT_ONLY In only mode, selectdevs() will clear all current selections, and will only select devices specified by name or by matching pattern. DS_SELECT_REMOVE In remove mode, selectdevs() will remove devices spec- ified by name or by matching pattern. It will not select any additional devices. DS_SELECT_ADDONLY In add only mode, selectdevs() will select any unse- lected devices specified by name or matching pattern. In this respect it is identical to add mode. It will not, however, select any devices other than those specified. In all selection modes, selectdevs() will not select any more than maxshowdevs devices. One exception to this is when you are in ``top'' mode and no devices have been selected. In this case, selectdevs() will select every device in the system. Client programs must pay attention to selection order when deciding whether to pay attention to a particular device. This may be the wrong behavior, and probably requires additional thought. selectdevs() handles allocation and resizing of the dev_select structure passed in by the client. selectdevs() uses the numdevs and current_generation fields to track the current devstat generation and number of devices. If num_selections is not the same as numdevs or if select_generation is not the same as current_generation, selectdevs() will resize the selection list as necessary, and re-initialize the selec- tion array. buildmatch() takes a comma separated match string and compiles it into a devstat_match structure that is understood by selectdevs(). Match strings have the following format: device,type,if buildmatch() takes care of allocating and reallocating the match list as necessary. Currently known match types include: device type: da Direct Access devices sa Sequential Access devices printer Printers proc Processor devices worm Write Once Read Multiple devices cd CD devices scanner Scanner devices optical Optical Memory devices changer Medium Changer devices comm Communication devices array Storage Array devices enclosure Enclosure Services devices floppy Floppy devices interface: IDE Integrated Drive Electronics devices SCSI Small Computer System Interface devices other Any other device interface passthrough: pass Passthrough devices compute_stats() provides an easy way to obtain various device statistics. Only two arguments are mandatory: current and etime. Every other argu- ment is optional. For most applications, the user will want to supply both current and previous devstat structures so that statistics may be calculated over a given period of time. In some instances, for instance when calculating statistics since system boot, the user may pass in a NULL pointer for the previous argument. In that case, compute_stats() will use the total stats in the current structure to calculate statistics over etime. The various statistics that may be calculated by compute_stats() should be mostly explained by the function declaration itself, but for completeness here is a list of variable names and the statistics that will be put in them: total_bytes This is the total number of bytes transferred on the given device, both reads and writes, between the acquisition of previous and the acquisition of current. If previous is NULL, the result will be the total reads and writes given in current. total_transfers This is the total number of transfers completed between the acquisition of previous and the acqui- sition of current. If previous is NULL, the result will be the total number of transactions listed in current. total_blocks This is basically total_bytes divided by the device blocksize. If the device blocksize is listed as `0', the device blocksize will default to 512 bytes. kb_per_transfer This is the average number of kilobytes per trans- fer during the measurement period. transfers_per_second This is the average number of transfers per second. mb_per_second This is average megabytes per second. blocks_per_second This is average blocks per second. If the device blocksize is `0', a default blocksize of 512 bytes will be used instead. ms_per_transaction The average number of milliseconds per transaction. compute_etime() provides an easy way to find the difference in seconds between two timeval structures. This is most commonly used in conjunc- tion with the time recorded by the getdevs() function (in struct statinfo) each time it fetches the current devstat list.


getnumdevs(), getgeneration(), and getversion() return the indicated sysctl variable, or -1 if there is an error fetching the variable. checkversion() returns 0 if the kernel and userland devstat versions match. If they do not match, it returns -1. getdevs() and selectdevs() return -1 in case of an error, 0 if there is no error and 1 if the device list or selected devices have changed. A return value of 1 from getdevs() is usually a hint to re-run selectdevs() because the device list has changed. buildmatch() returns -1 for error, and 0 if there is no error. compute_stats() returns -1 for error, and 0 for success. compute_etime() returns the computed elapsed time. If an error is returned from one of the devstat library functions, the reason for the error is generally printed in the global string devstat_errbuf which is DEVSTAT_ERRBUF_SIZE characters long.


systat(1), iostat(8), rpc.rstatd(8), vmstat(8), devstat(9)


The devstat statistics system first appeared in FreeBSD 3.0.


Kenneth Merry <ken@FreeBSD.org>


There should probably be an interface to de-allocate memory allocated by getdevs(), selectdevs(), and buildmatch(). selectdevs() should probably not select more than maxshowdevs devices in ``top'' mode when no devices have been selected previously. There should probably be functions to perform the statistics buffer swap- ping that goes on in most of the clients of this library. The statinfo and devinfo structures should probably be cleaned up and thought out a little more. DragonFly 3.5 May 21, 1998 DragonFly 3.5

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