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Manual Pages  — GETRUSAGE

NAME

getrusage – get information about resource utilization

CONTENTS

LIBRARY

Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS

#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/time.h>
#include <sys/resource.h>

#define RUSAGE_SELF 0
#define RUSAGE_CHILDREN -1
#define RUSAGE_THREAD 1
int
getrusage(int who, struct rusage *rusage);

DESCRIPTION

The getrusage() system call returns information describing the resources utilized by the current thread, the current process, or all its terminated child processes. The who argument is either RUSAGE_THREAD, RUSAGE_SELF, or RUSAGE_CHILDREN. The buffer to which rusage points will be filled in with the following structure:
struct rusage {
        struct timeval ru_utime; /* user time used */
        struct timeval ru_stime; /* system time used */
        long ru_maxrss;          /* max resident set size */
        long ru_ixrss;           /* integral shared text memory size */
        long ru_idrss;           /* integral unshared data size */
        long ru_isrss;           /* integral unshared stack size */
        long ru_minflt;          /* page reclaims */
        long ru_majflt;          /* page faults */
        long ru_nswap;           /* swaps */
        long ru_inblock;         /* block input operations */
        long ru_oublock;         /* block output operations */
        long ru_msgsnd;          /* messages sent */
        long ru_msgrcv;          /* messages received */
        long ru_nsignals;        /* signals received */
        long ru_nvcsw;           /* voluntary context switches */
        long ru_nivcsw;          /* involuntary context switches */
};

The fields are interpreted as follows:
ru_utime
  the total amount of time spent executing in user mode.
ru_stime
  the total amount of time spent in the system executing on behalf of the process(es).
ru_maxrss
  the maximum resident set size utilized (in kilobytes).
ru_ixrss
  an "integral" value indicating the amount of memory used by the text segment that was also shared among other processes. This value is expressed in units of kilobytes * ticks-of-execution. Ticks are statistics clock ticks. The statistics clock has a frequency of sysconf(_SC_CLK_TCK) ticks per second.
ru_idrss
  an integral value of the amount of unshared memory residing in the data segment of a process (expressed in units of kilobytes * ticks-of-execution).
ru_isrss
  an integral value of the amount of unshared memory residing in the stack segment of a process (expressed in units of kilobytes * ticks-of-execution).
ru_minflt
  the number of page faults serviced without any I/O activity; here I/O activity is avoided by "reclaiming" a page frame from the list of pages awaiting reallocation.
ru_majflt
  the number of page faults serviced that required I/O activity.
ru_nswap
  the number of times a process was "swapped" out of main memory.
ru_inblock
  the number of times the file system had to perform input.
ru_oublock
  the number of times the file system had to perform output.
ru_msgsnd
  the number of IPC messages sent.
ru_msgrcv
  the number of IPC messages received.
ru_nsignals
  the number of signals delivered.
ru_nvcsw
  the number of times a context switch resulted due to a process voluntarily giving up the processor before its time slice was completed (usually to await availability of a resource).
ru_nivcsw
  the number of times a context switch resulted due to a higher priority process becoming runnable or because the current process exceeded its time slice.

NOTES

The numbers ru_inblock and ru_oublock account only for real I/O; data supplied by the caching mechanism is charged only to the first process to read or write the data.

RETURN VALUES

The getrusage function returns the value 0 if successful; otherwise the value -1 is returned and the global variable errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS

The getrusage() system call will fail if:
[EINVAL]
  The who argument is not a valid value.
[EFAULT]
  The address specified by the rusage argument is not in a valid part of the process address space.

SEE ALSO

gettimeofday(2), wait(2), clocks(7)

HISTORY

The getrusage() system call appeared in BSD 4.2 . The RUSAGE_THREAD facility first appeared in FreeBSD 8.1 .

BUGS

There is no way to obtain information about a child process that has not yet terminated.

GETRUSAGE (2) May 1, 2010

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