[arch-general] most efficient way to get linux kernel statistics

Jonathan Horacio Villatoro Córdoba lacho8713 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 8 00:08:32 UTC 2016

On Mon, Mar 07, 2016 at 09:15:06PM +0100, Florian Pelz wrote:
> Sorry, I didn't express myself properly. I didn't mean to criticize
> free. What I meant to say was that the time it takes to parse
> /proc/meminfo or free is negligible. It doesn't need to be any more
> efficient. free parses /proc/meminfo. libgtop parses /proc/meminfo.
> Querying the information probably takes much more time than parsing it.
> Your suggestion to use free may indeed be useful if the original poster
> wants parsing to be slightly simpler and does not mind the additional
> dependency. My impression was that they considered parsing to be too
> inefficient.

Don't worry. Actually, I understood your point perfectly. I suggested
free only because I originally supposed the OP wanted his program to
contain as little code as possible in his program, and didn't want to
parse the file himself.

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