Bug 103782 - man page for vmstat doesn't explain "wa" column
man page for vmstat doesn't explain "wa" column
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: procps (Show other bugs)
3.0
All Linux
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Assigned To: Daniel Walsh
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2003-09-04 17:20 EDT by Ben Woodard
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:06 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-02-11 08:39:57 EST
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Description Ben Woodard 2003-09-04 17:20:33 EDT
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Description of problem:
When you do a man vmstat it doesn't explain the "wa" column.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
procps-2.0.13-3E

How reproducible:
Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. man vmstat
2.
3.
    

Actual Results:  ...
CPU
       These are percentages of total CPU time.
       us: user time
       sy: system time
       id: idle time
 


Expected Results:  ...   
CPU
       These are percentages of total CPU time.
       us: user time
       sy: system time
       id: idle time
       wa: <something here>

Additional info:

  The wa column doesn't exist in RHL9
Comment 1 Ben Woodard 2003-12-09 18:03:24 EST
This also applies to RHEL3 GA and RHL9.
Comment 2 Need Real Name 2003-12-23 15:48:01 EST

$ rpm -qf /usr/bin/vmstat
procps-2.0.13-9.2E


$ vmstat 2 2
procs                      memory      swap          io     
system         cpu
 r  b   swpd   free   buff  cache   si   so    bi    bo   in    cs us 
sy id wa
 2  0  11064  43608 126412 6265372    1    3     1     4    1     3  
4  1  2  0
 1  0  11064  43608 126412 6265372    0    0     0   126  156    26 
50  0 49  0


According to man page the last column is supposed to be CPU idle (id).


In the previous versions for example procps-2.0.7-11 the output looks 
as follows which is correct.


   procs                      memory    swap          io     system  
cpu
 r  b  w   swpd   free   buff  cache  si  so    bi    bo   in    cs  
us sy  id
 0  0  0    116 1088724 135372 2452512   0   0     0     0    2     
1   1   0   1
 0  0  0    116 1088724 135372 2452512   0   0     0    38  564    
49   0   0 100

Please correct this to be same as previous versions.

I was told by Rob Love <rml@ximian.com> that 

This is "fixed" in the current procps CVS and in the procps currently 
in Fedora.  So Red Hat just needs to upgrade the package in RHEL3.


Thanks,
Pethuraj@synopsys.com
Comment 3 Need Real Name 2003-12-23 15:56:33 EST
I would highly appreciate it if i am notified about how to download 
once the new rpms available for i686, x86_64 and ia64.
Comment 4 Daniel Walsh 2004-02-11 08:39:57 EST
Fixed in Current Release 3.1.15

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