Bug 137414 - Error in vmstat manpage (bi vs. bo column)
Error in vmstat manpage (bi vs. bo column)
Status: CLOSED ERRATA
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: procps (Show other bugs)
3.0
All Linux
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Assigned To: Karel Zak
Brian Brock
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Blocks: 132991
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Reported: 2004-10-28 08:30 EDT by Michael Paesold
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-05-19 23:25:49 EDT
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Description Michael Paesold 2004-10-28 08:30:05 EDT
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Description of problem:
The manpage for vmstat gets the field description of "bi" and "bo" 
wrong, here it says:

bi: Blocks sent to a block device (blocks/s).
bo: Blocks received from a block device (blocks/s).

But it should be the other way round, really:
bi = blocks in (from CPU perspective)
bo = blocks out (from CPU perspective)

Test youself, that is what vmstat really displays:
bi: Blocks received from a block device (blocks/s).
bo: Blocks sent to a block device (blocks/s).

This seems to be wrong in every release of RedHat linux we have.
It is correct on some other unices.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
procps-2.0.17-10

How reproducible:
Always

Steps to Reproduce:
Look at the manpage for vmstat and look at the FIELDS description, 
specifically io -- bi and bo;
then test yourself on an otherwise idle system:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/tmp/testfile bs=1024 count=200000 & vmstat 1 10

You will clearly see, that the manual page is wrong.
Comment 1 Karel Zak 2004-12-07 07:30:24 EST
It will be fixed in RHEL-3-U5. 
Comment 2 Dennis Gregorovic 2005-05-19 23:25:49 EDT
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.

http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHBA-2005-156.html

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