gstat information on the CLI

Jeremy Chadwick koitsu at
Thu Oct 23 07:50:56 PDT 2008

On Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 12:20:45PM -0200, Eduardo Meyer wrote:
> Hello,
> Its me again bothering you with basic things I cant accomplish.
> I am planning on monitoring my disks, and the most important
> information for me is thorughput and lengh queue of operations. I can
> get the first information with iostat -w1 and sorta, which is perfect
> for scripting.
> However, I also need the L(q) information which FreeBSD gives me with
> gstat. However, this curses interface wont allow me to use grep+awk to
> get the information I need for the device (slices and disks, but not
> labels) I need.

Can you tell me what the L(q) field actually represents in gstat?

The BUGS section of the gstat man page should indirectly answer your
other question (re: non-curses).

> So I ask, how can I get this information other than gstat? Or, can
> gstat work in non-interactive mode?

iostat -x should provide what you're looking for.  And remember, the
first sample data shown in iostat should be generally discarded.

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