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fio(1)							      General Commands Manual							    fio(1)

fio - flexible I/O tester
fio [options] [jobfile]...
fio is a tool that will spawn a number of threads or processes doing a particular type of I/O action as specified by the user. The typical use of fio is to write a job file matching the I/O load one wants to simulate.
--debug=type Enable verbose tracing of various fio actions. May be `all' for all types or individual types separated by a comma (eg --debug=io,file). `help' will list all available tracing options. --output=filename Write output to filename. --timeout=timeout Limit run time to timeout seconds. --latency-log Generate per-job latency logs. --bandwidth-log Generate per-job bandwidth logs. --minimal Print statistics in a terse, semicolon-delimited format. --version Display version information and exit. --terse-version=version Set terse version output format (Current version 3, or older version 2). --help Display usage information and exit. --cmdhelp=command Print help information for command. May be `all' for all commands. --enghelp=ioengine[,command] List all commands defined by ioengine, or print help for command defined by ioengine. --showcmd=jobfile Convert jobfile to a set of command-line options. --readonly Enable read-only safety checks. --eta=when Specifies when real-time ETA estimate should be printed. when may be one of `always', `never' or `auto'. --readonly Turn on safety read-only checks, preventing any attempted write. --section=sec Only run section sec from job file. Multiple of these options can be given, adding more sections to run. --alloc-size=kb Set the internal smalloc pool size to kb kilobytes. --warnings-fatal All fio parser warnings are fatal, causing fio to exit with an error. --max-jobs=nr Set the maximum allowed number of jobs (threads/processes) to support. --server=args Start a backend server, with args specifying what to listen to. See client/server section. --daemonize=pidfile Background a fio server, writing the pid to the given pid file. --client=host Instead of running the jobs locally, send and run them on the given host.
Job files are in `ini' format. They consist of one or more job definitions, which begin with a job name in square brackets and extend to the next job name. The job name can be any ASCII string except `global', which has a special meaning. Following the job name is a sequence of zero or more parameters, one per line, that define the behavior of the job. Any line starting with a `;' or `#' character is considered a comment and ignored. If jobfile is specified as `-', the job file will be read from standard input. Global Section The global section contains default parameters for jobs specified in the job file. A job is only affected by global sections residing above it, and there may be any number of global sections. Specific job definitions may override any parameter set in global sections.
Types Some parameters may take arguments of a specific type. The types used are: str String: a sequence of alphanumeric characters. int SI integer: a whole number, possibly containing a suffix denoting the base unit of the value. Accepted suffixes are `k', 'M', 'G', 'T', and 'P', denoting kilo (1024), mega (1024^2), giga (1024^3), tera (1024^4), and peta (1024^5) respectively. The suffix is not case sensitive. If prefixed with '0x', the value is assumed to be base 16 (hexadecimal). A suffix may include a trailing 'b', for instance 'kb' is identical to 'k'. You can specify a base 10 value by using 'KiB', 'MiB', 'GiB', etc. This is useful for disk drives where values are often given in base 10 values. Specifying '30GiB' will get you 30*1000^3 bytes. bool Boolean: a true or false value. `0' denotes false, `1' denotes true. irange Integer range: a range of integers specified in the format lower:upper or lower-upper. lower and upper may contain a suffix as described above. If an option allows two sets of ranges, they are separated with a `,' or `/' character. For example: `8-8k/8M-4G'. float_list List of floating numbers: A list of floating numbers, separated by a ':' charcater. Parameter List name=str May be used to override the job name. On the command line, this parameter has the special purpose of signalling the start of a new job. description=str Human-readable description of the job. It is printed when the job is run, but otherwise has no special purpose. directory=str Prefix filenames with this directory. Used to place files in a location other than `./'. filename=str fio normally makes up a file name based on the job name, thread number, and file number. If you want to share files between threads in a job or several jobs, specify a filename for each of them to override the default. If the I/O engine is file-based, you can specify a number of files by separating the names with a `:' character. `-' is a reserved name, meaning stdin or stdout, depending on the read/write direction set. lockfile=str Fio defaults to not locking any files before it does IO to them. If a file or file descriptor is shared, fio can serialize IO to that file to make the end result consistent. This is usual for emulating real workloads that share files. The lock modes are: none No locking. This is the default. exclusive Only one thread or process may do IO at the time, excluding all others. readwrite Read-write locking on the file. Many readers may access the file at the same time, but writes get exclusive access. The option may be post-fixed with a lock batch number. If set, then each thread/process may do that amount of IOs to the file before giving up the lock. Since lock acquisition is expensive, batching the lock/unlocks will speed up IO. opendir=str Recursively open any files below directory str. readwrite=str, rw=str Type of I/O pattern. Accepted values are: read Sequential reads. write Sequential writes. randread Random reads. randwrite Random writes. rw, readwrite Mixed sequential reads and writes. randrw Mixed random reads and writes. For mixed I/O, the default split is 50/50. For certain types of io the result may still be skewed a bit, since the speed may be dif- ferent. It is possible to specify a number of IO's to do before getting a new offset, this is done by appending a `:<nr> to the end of the string given. For a random read, it would look like rw=randread:8 for passing in an offset modifier with a value of 8. If the postfix is used with a sequential IO pattern, then the value specified will be added to the generated offset for each IO. For instance, using rw=write:4k will skip 4k for every write. It turns sequential IO into sequential IO with holes. See the rw_sequencer option. rw_sequencer=str If an offset modifier is given by appending a number to the rw=<str> line, then this option controls how that number modifies the IO offset being generated. Accepted values are: sequential Generate sequential offset identical Generate the same offset sequential is only useful for random IO, where fio would normally generate a new random offset for every IO. If you append eg 8 to randread, you would get a new random offset for every 8 IO's. The result would be a seek for only every 8 IO's, instead of for every IO. Use rw=randread:8 to specify that. As sequential IO is already sequential, setting sequential for that would not result in any differences. identical behaves in a similar fashion, except it sends the same offset 8 number of times before generating a new off- set. kb_base=int The base unit for a kilobyte. The defacto base is 2^10, 1024. Storage manufacturers like to use 10^3 or 1000 as a base ten unit instead, for obvious reasons. Allow values are 1024 or 1000, with 1024 being the default. randrepeat=bool Seed the random number generator in a predictable way so results are repeatable across runs. Default: true. use_os_rand=bool Fio can either use the random generator supplied by the OS to generator random offsets, or it can use it's own internal generator (based on Tausworthe). Default is to use the internal generator, which is often of better quality and faster. Default: false. fallocate=str Whether pre-allocation is performed when laying down files. Accepted values are: none Do not pre-allocate space. posix Pre-allocate via posix_fallocate(). keep Pre-allocate via fallocate() with FALLOC_FL_KEEP_SIZE set. 0 Backward-compatible alias for 'none'. 1 Backward-compatible alias for 'posix'. May not be available on all supported platforms. 'keep' is only available on Linux. If using ZFS on Solaris this must be set to 'none' because ZFS doesn't support it. Default: 'posix'. fadvise_hint=bool Use of posix_fadvise(2) to advise the kernel what I/O patterns are likely to be issued. Default: true. size=int Total size of I/O for this job. fio will run until this many bytes have been transfered, unless limited by other options (runtime, for instance). Unless nrfiles and filesize options are given, this amount will be divided between the available files for the job. If not set, fio will use the full size of the given files or devices. If the the files do not exist, size must be given. It is also possible to give size as a percentage between 1 and 100. If size=20% is given, fio will use 20% of the full size of the given files or devices. fill_device=bool, fill_fs=bool Sets size to something really large and waits for ENOSPC (no space left on device) as the terminating condition. Only makes sense with sequential write. For a read workload, the mount point will be filled first then IO started on the result. This option doesn't make sense if operating on a raw device node, since the size of that is already known by the file system. Additionally, writing beyond end-of-device will not return ENOSPC there. filesize=irange Individual file sizes. May be a range, in which case fio will select sizes for files at random within the given range, limited to size in total (if that is given). If filesize is not specified, each created file is the same size. blocksize=int[,int], bs=int[,int] Block size for I/O units. Default: 4k. Values for reads and writes can be specified separately in the format read,write, either of which may be empty to leave that value at its default. blocksize_range=irange[,irange], bsrange=irange[,irange] Specify a range of I/O block sizes. The issued I/O unit will always be a multiple of the minimum size, unless blocksize_unaligned is set. Applies to both reads and writes if only one range is given, but can be specified separately with a comma seperating the values. Example: bsrange=1k-4k,2k-8k. Also (see blocksize). bssplit=str This option allows even finer grained control of the block sizes issued, not just even splits between them. With this option, you can weight various block sizes for exact control of the issued IO for a job that has mixed block sizes. The format of the option is bssplit=blocksize/percentage, optionally adding as many definitions as needed separated by a colon. Example: bss- plit=4k/10:64k/50:32k/40 would issue 50% 64k blocks, 10% 4k blocks and 40% 32k blocks. bssplit also supports giving separate splits to reads and writes. The format is identical to what the bs option accepts, the read and write parts are separated with a comma. blocksize_unaligned, bs_unaligned If set, any size in blocksize_range may be used. This typically won't work with direct I/O, as that normally requires sector align- ment. blockalign=int[,int], ba=int[,int] At what boundary to align random IO offsets. Defaults to the same as 'blocksize' the minimum blocksize given. Minimum alignment is typically 512b for using direct IO, though it usually depends on the hardware block size. This option is mutually exclusive with using a random map for files, so it will turn off that option. zero_buffers Initialise buffers with all zeros. Default: fill buffers with random data. refill_buffers If this option is given, fio will refill the IO buffers on every submit. The default is to only fill it at init time and reuse that data. Only makes sense if zero_buffers isn't specified, naturally. If data verification is enabled, refill_buffers is also automati- cally enabled. scramble_buffers=bool If refill_buffers is too costly and the target is using data deduplication, then setting this option will slightly modify the IO buffer contents to defeat normal de-dupe attempts. This is not enough to defeat more clever block compression attempts, but it will stop naive dedupe of blocks. Default: true. buffer_compress_percentage=int If this is set, then fio will attempt to provide IO buffer content (on WRITEs) that compress to the specified level. Fio does this by providing a mix of random data and zeroes. Note that this is per block size unit, for file/disk wide compression level that matches this setting, you'll also want to set refill_buffers. buffer_compress_chunk=int See buffer_compress_percentage. This setting allows fio to manage how big the ranges of random data and zeroed data is. Without this set, fio will provide buffer_compress_percentage of blocksize random data, followed by the remaining zeroed. With this set to some chunk size smaller than the block size, fio can alternate random and zeroed data throughout the IO buffer. nrfiles=int Number of files to use for this job. Default: 1. openfiles=int Number of files to keep open at the same time. Default: nrfiles. file_service_type=str Defines how files to service are selected. The following types are defined: random Choose a file at random roundrobin Round robin over open files (default). sequential Do each file in the set sequentially. The number of I/Os to issue before switching a new file can be specified by appending `:int' to the service type. ioengine=str Defines how the job issues I/O. The following types are defined: sync Basic read(2) or write(2) I/O. fseek(2) is used to position the I/O location. psync Basic pread(2) or pwrite(2) I/O. vsync Basic readv(2) or writev(2) I/O. Will emulate queuing by coalescing adjacents IOs into a single submission. libaio Linux native asynchronous I/O. This ioengine defines engine specific options. posixaio POSIX asynchronous I/O using aio_read(3) and aio_write(3). solarisaio Solaris native asynchronous I/O. windowsaio Windows native asynchronous I/O. mmap File is memory mapped with mmap(2) and data copied using memcpy(3). splice splice(2) is used to transfer the data and vmsplice(2) to transfer data from user-space to the kernel. syslet-rw Use the syslet system calls to make regular read/write asynchronous. sg SCSI generic sg v3 I/O. May be either synchronous using the SG_IO ioctl, or if the target is an sg character device, we use read(2) and write(2) for asynchronous I/O. null Doesn't transfer any data, just pretends to. Mainly used to exercise fio itself and for debugging and testing pur- poses. net Transfer over the network. The protocol to be used can be defined with the protocol parameter. Depending on the pro- tocol, filename, hostname, port, or listen must be specified. This ioengine defines engine specific options. netsplice Like net, but uses splice(2) and vmsplice(2) to map data and send/receive. This ioengine defines engine specific options. cpuio Doesn't transfer any data, but burns CPU cycles according to cpuload and cpucycles parameters. guasi The GUASI I/O engine is the Generic Userspace Asynchronous Syscall Interface approach to asycnronous I/O. See <>. rdma The RDMA I/O engine supports both RDMA memory semantics (RDMA_WRITE/RDMA_READ) and channel semantics (Send/Recv) for the InfiniBand, RoCE and iWARP protocols. external Loads an external I/O engine object file. Append the engine filename as `:enginepath'. iodepth=int Number of I/O units to keep in flight against the file. Note that increasing iodepth beyond 1 will not affect synchronous ioengines (except for small degress when verify_async is in use). Even async engines my impose OS restrictions causing the desired depth not to be achieved. This may happen on Linux when using libaio and not setting direct=1, since buffered IO is not async on that OS. Keep an eye on the IO depth distribution in the fio output to verify that the achieved depth is as expected. Default: 1. iodepth_batch=int Number of I/Os to submit at once. Default: iodepth. iodepth_batch_complete=int This defines how many pieces of IO to retrieve at once. It defaults to 1 which means that we'll ask for a minimum of 1 IO in the retrieval process from the kernel. The IO retrieval will go on until we hit the limit set by iodepth_low. If this variable is set to 0, then fio will always check for completed events before queuing more IO. This helps reduce IO latency, at the cost of more retrieval system calls. iodepth_low=int Low watermark indicating when to start filling the queue again. Default: iodepth. direct=bool If true, use non-buffered I/O (usually O_DIRECT). Default: false. buffered=bool If true, use buffered I/O. This is the opposite of the direct parameter. Default: true. offset=int Offset in the file to start I/O. Data before the offset will not be touched. offset_increment=int If this is provided, then the real offset becomes the offset + offset_increment * thread_number, where the thread number is a counter that starts at 0 and is incremented for each job. This option is useful if there are several jobs which are intended to operate on a file in parallel in disjoint segments, with even spacing between the starting points. fsync=int How many I/Os to perform before issuing an fsync(2) of dirty data. If 0, don't sync. Default: 0. fdatasync=int Like fsync, but uses fdatasync(2) instead to only sync the data parts of the file. Default: 0. sync_file_range=str:int Use sync_file_range() for every val number of write operations. Fio will track range of writes that have happened since the last sync_file_range() call. str can currently be one or more of: wait_before SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WAIT_BEFORE write SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WRITE wait_after SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WRITE So if you do sync_file_range=wait_before,write:8, fio would use SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WAIT_BEFORE | SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WRITE for every 8 writes. Also see the sync_file_range(2) man page. This option is Linux specific. overwrite=bool If writing, setup the file first and do overwrites. Default: false. end_fsync=bool Sync file contents when job exits. Default: false. fsync_on_close=bool If true, sync file contents on close. This differs from end_fsync in that it will happen on every close, not just at the end of the job. Default: false. rwmixread=int Percentage of a mixed workload that should be reads. Default: 50. rwmixwrite=int Percentage of a mixed workload that should be writes. If rwmixread and rwmixwrite are given and do not sum to 100%, the latter of the two overrides the first. This may interfere with a given rate setting, if fio is asked to limit reads or writes to a certain rate. If that is the case, then the distribution may be skewed. Default: 50. norandommap Normally fio will cover every block of the file when doing random I/O. If this parameter is given, a new offset will be chosen with- out looking at past I/O history. This parameter is mutually exclusive with verify. softrandommap=bool See norandommap. If fio runs with the random block map enabled and it fails to allocate the map, if this option is set it will con- tinue without a random block map. As coverage will not be as complete as with random maps, this option is disabled by default. nice=int Run job with given nice value. See nice(2). prio=int Set I/O priority value of this job between 0 (highest) and 7 (lowest). See ionice(1). prioclass=int Set I/O priority class. See ionice(1). thinktime=int Stall job for given number of microseconds between issuing I/Os. thinktime_spin=int Pretend to spend CPU time for given number of microseconds, sleeping the rest of the time specified by thinktime. Only valid if thinktime is set. thinktime_blocks=int Number of blocks to issue before waiting thinktime microseconds. Default: 1. rate=int Cap bandwidth used by this job. The number is in bytes/sec, the normal postfix rules apply. You can use rate=500k to limit reads and writes to 500k each, or you can specify read and writes separately. Using rate=1m,500k would limit reads to 1MB/sec and writes to 500KB/sec. Capping only reads or writes can be done with rate=,500k or rate=500k,. The former will only limit writes (to 500KB/sec), the latter will only limit reads. ratemin=int Tell fio to do whatever it can to maintain at least the given bandwidth. Failing to meet this requirement will cause the job to exit. The same format as rate is used for read vs write separation. rate_iops=int Cap the bandwidth to this number of IOPS. Basically the same as rate, just specified independently of bandwidth. The same format as rate is used for read vs write seperation. If blocksize is a range, the smallest block size is used as the metric. rate_iops_min=int If this rate of I/O is not met, the job will exit. The same format as rate is used for read vs write seperation. ratecycle=int Average bandwidth for rate and ratemin over this number of milliseconds. Default: 1000ms. cpumask=int Set CPU affinity for this job. int is a bitmask of allowed CPUs the job may run on. See sched_setaffinity(2). cpus_allowed=str Same as cpumask, but allows a comma-delimited list of CPU numbers. startdelay=int Delay start of job for the specified number of seconds. runtime=int Terminate processing after the specified number of seconds. time_based If given, run for the specified runtime duration even if the files are completely read or written. The same workload will be repeated as many times as runtime allows. ramp_time=int If set, fio will run the specified workload for this amount of time before logging any performance numbers. Useful for letting per- formance settle before logging results, thus minimizing the runtime required for stable results. Note that the ramp_time is consid- ered lead in time for a job, thus it will increase the total runtime if a special timeout or runtime is specified. invalidate=bool Invalidate buffer-cache for the file prior to starting I/O. Default: true. sync=bool Use synchronous I/O for buffered writes. For the majority of I/O engines, this means using O_SYNC. Default: false. iomem=str, mem=str Allocation method for I/O unit buffer. Allowed values are: malloc Allocate memory with malloc(3). shm Use shared memory buffers allocated through shmget(2). shmhuge Same as shm, but use huge pages as backing. mmap Use mmap(2) for allocation. Uses anonymous memory unless a filename is given after the option in the format `:file'. mmaphuge Same as mmap, but use huge files as backing. The amount of memory allocated is the maximum allowed blocksize for the job multiplied by iodepth. For shmhuge or mmaphuge to work, the system must have free huge pages allocated. mmaphuge also needs to have hugetlbfs mounted, and file must point there. At least on Linux, huge pages must be manually allocated. See /proc/sys/vm/nr_hugehages and the documentation for that. Normally you just need to echo an appropriate number, eg echoing 8 will ensure that the OS has 8 huge pages ready for use. iomem_align=int, mem_align=int This indiciates the memory alignment of the IO memory buffers. Note that the given alignment is applied to the first IO unit buffer, if using iodepth the alignment of the following buffers are given by the bs used. In other words, if using a bs that is a multiple of the page sized in the system, all buffers will be aligned to this value. If using a bs that is not page aligned, the alignment of subsequent IO memory buffers is the sum of the iomem_align and bs used. hugepage-size=int Defines the size of a huge page. Must be at least equal to the system setting. Should be a multiple of 1MB. Default: 4MB. exitall Terminate all jobs when one finishes. Default: wait for each job to finish. bwavgtime=int Average bandwidth calculations over the given time in milliseconds. Default: 500ms. iopsavgtime=int Average IOPS calculations over the given time in milliseconds. Default: 500ms. create_serialize=bool If true, serialize file creation for the jobs. Default: true. create_fsync=bool fsync(2) data file after creation. Default: true. create_on_open=bool If true, the files are not created until they are opened for IO by the job. create_only=bool If true, fio will only run the setup phase of the job. If files need to be laid out or updated on disk, only that will be done. The actual job contents are not executed. pre_read=bool If this is given, files will be pre-read into memory before starting the given IO operation. This will also clear the invalidate flag, since it is pointless to pre-read and then drop the cache. This will only work for IO engines that are seekable, since they allow you to read the same data multiple times. Thus it will not work on eg network or splice IO. unlink=bool Unlink job files when done. Default: false. loops=int Specifies the number of iterations (runs of the same workload) of this job. Default: 1. do_verify=bool Run the verify phase after a write phase. Only valid if verify is set. Default: true. verify=str Method of verifying file contents after each iteration of the job. Allowed values are: md5 crc16 crc32 crc32c crc32c-intel crc64 crc7 sha256 sha512 sha1 Store appropriate checksum in the header of each block. crc32c-intel is hardware accelerated SSE4.2 driven, falls back to regular crc32c if not supported by the system. meta Write extra information about each I/O (timestamp, block number, etc.). The block number is verified. See verify_pat- tern as well. null Pretend to verify. Used for testing internals. This option can be used for repeated burn-in tests of a system to make sure that the written data is also correctly read back. If the data direction given is a read or random read, fio will assume that it should verify a previously written file. If the data direction includes any form of write, the verify will be of the newly written data. verify_sort=bool If true, written verify blocks are sorted if fio deems it to be faster to read them back in a sorted manner. Default: true. verify_offset=int Swap the verification header with data somewhere else in the block before writing. It is swapped back before verifying. verify_interval=int Write the verification header for this number of bytes, which should divide blocksize. Default: blocksize. verify_pattern=str If set, fio will fill the io buffers with this pattern. Fio defaults to filling with totally random bytes, but sometimes it's inter- esting to fill with a known pattern for io verification purposes. Depending on the width of the pattern, fio will fill 1/2/3/4 bytes of the buffer at the time(it can be either a decimal or a hex number). The verify_pattern if larger than a 32-bit quantity has to be a hex number that starts with either "0x" or "0X". Use with verify=meta. verify_fatal=bool If true, exit the job on the first observed verification failure. Default: false. verify_dump=bool If set, dump the contents of both the original data block and the data block we read off disk to files. This allows later analysis to inspect just what kind of data corruption occurred. Off by default. verify_async=int Fio will normally verify IO inline from the submitting thread. This option takes an integer describing how many async offload threads to create for IO verification instead, causing fio to offload the duty of verifying IO contents to one or more separate threads. If using this offload option, even sync IO engines can benefit from using an iodepth setting higher than 1, as it allows them to have IO in flight while verifies are running. verify_async_cpus=str Tell fio to set the given CPU affinity on the async IO verification threads. See cpus_allowed for the format used. verify_backlog=int Fio will normally verify the written contents of a job that utilizes verify once that job has completed. In other words, everything is written then everything is read back and verified. You may want to verify continually instead for a variety of reasons. Fio stores the meta data associated with an IO block in memory, so for large verify workloads, quite a bit of memory would be used up holding this meta data. If this option is enabled, fio will write only N blocks before verifying these blocks. verify_backlog_batch=int Control how many blocks fio will verify if verify_backlog is set. If not set, will default to the value of verify_backlog (meaning the entire queue is read back and verified). If verify_backlog_batch is less than verify_backlog then not all blocks will be veri- fied, if verify_backlog_batch is larger than verify_backlog, some blocks will be verified more than once. stonewall , wait_for_previous Wait for preceding jobs in the job file to exit before starting this one. stonewall implies new_group. new_group Start a new reporting group. If not given, all jobs in a file will be part of the same reporting group, unless separated by a stonewall. numjobs=int Number of clones (processes/threads performing the same workload) of this job. Default: 1. group_reporting If set, display per-group reports instead of per-job when numjobs is specified. thread Use threads created with pthread_create(3) instead of processes created with fork(2). zonesize=int Divide file into zones of the specified size in bytes. See zoneskip. zoneskip=int Skip the specified number of bytes when zonesize bytes of data have been read. write_iolog=str Write the issued I/O patterns to the specified file. Specify a separate file for each job, otherwise the iologs will be inter- spersed and the file may be corrupt. read_iolog=str Replay the I/O patterns contained in the specified file generated by write_iolog, or may be a blktrace binary file. replay_no_stall=int While replaying I/O patterns using read_iolog the default behavior attempts to respect timing information between I/Os. Enabling replay_no_stall causes I/Os to be replayed as fast as possible while still respecting ordering. replay_redirect=str While replaying I/O patterns using read_iolog the default behavior is to replay the IOPS onto the major/minor device that each IOP was recorded from. Setting replay_redirect causes all IOPS to be replayed onto the single specified device regardless of the device it was recorded from. write_bw_log=str If given, write a bandwidth log of the jobs in this job file. Can be used to store data of the bandwidth of the jobs in their life- time. The included fio_generate_plots script uses gnuplot to turn these text files into nice graphs. See write_log_log for behaviour of given filename. For this option, the postfix is _bw.log. write_lat_log=str Same as write_bw_log, but writes I/O completion latencies. If no filename is given with this option, the default filename of "job- name_type.log" is used. Even if the filename is given, fio will still append the type of log. write_iops_log=str Same as write_bw_log, but writes IOPS. If no filename is given with this option, the default filename of "jobname_type.log" is used. Even if the filename is given, fio will still append the type of log. log_avg_msec=int By default, fio will log an entry in the iops, latency, or bw log for every IO that completes. When writing to the disk log, that can quickly grow to a very large size. Setting this option makes fio average the each log entry over the specified period of time, reducing the resolution of the log. Defaults to 0. disable_lat=bool Disable measurements of total latency numbers. Useful only for cutting back the number of calls to gettimeofday, as that does impact performance at really high IOPS rates. Note that to really get rid of a large amount of these calls, this option must be used with disable_slat and disable_bw as well. disable_clat=bool Disable measurements of completion latency numbers. See disable_lat. disable_slat=bool Disable measurements of submission latency numbers. See disable_lat. disable_bw_measurement=bool Disable measurements of throughput/bandwidth numbers. See disable_lat. lockmem=int Pin the specified amount of memory with mlock(2). Can be used to simulate a smaller amount of memory. exec_prerun=str Before running the job, execute the specified command with system(3). exec_postrun=str Same as exec_prerun, but the command is executed after the job completes. ioscheduler=str Attempt to switch the device hosting the file to the specified I/O scheduler. cpuload=int If the job is a CPU cycle-eater, attempt to use the specified percentage of CPU cycles. cpuchunks=int If the job is a CPU cycle-eater, split the load into cycles of the given time in milliseconds. disk_util=bool Generate disk utilization statistics if the platform supports it. Default: true. gtod_reduce=bool Enable all of the gettimeofday() reducing options (disable_clat, disable_slat, disable_bw) plus reduce precision of the timeout somewhat to really shrink the gettimeofday() call count. With this option enabled, we only do about 0.4% of the gtod() calls we would have done if all time keeping was enabled. gtod_cpu=int Sometimes it's cheaper to dedicate a single thread of execution to just getting the current time. Fio (and databases, for instance) are very intensive on gettimeofday() calls. With this option, you can set one CPU aside for doing nothing but logging current time to a shared memory location. Then the other threads/processes that run IO workloads need only copy that segment, instead of entering the kernel with a gettimeofday() call. The CPU set aside for doing these time calls will be excluded from other uses. Fio will manu- ally clear it from the CPU mask of other jobs. cgroup=str Add job to this control group. If it doesn't exist, it will be created. The system must have a mounted cgroup blkio mount point for this to work. If your system doesn't have it mounted, you can do so with: # mount -t cgroup -o blkio none /cgroup cgroup_weight=int Set the weight of the cgroup to this value. See the documentation that comes with the kernel, allowed values are in the range of 100..1000. cgroup_nodelete=bool Normally fio will delete the cgroups it has created after the job completion. To override this behavior and to leave cgroups around after the job completion, set cgroup_nodelete=1. This can be useful if one wants to inspect various cgroup files after job comple- tion. Default: false uid=int Instead of running as the invoking user, set the user ID to this value before the thread/process does any work. gid=int Set group ID, see uid. flow_id=int The ID of the flow. If not specified, it defaults to being a global flow. See flow. flow=int Weight in token-based flow control. If this value is used, then there is a flow counter which is used to regulate the proportion of activity between two or more jobs. fio attempts to keep this flow counter near zero. The flow parameter stands for how much should be added or subtracted to the flow counter on each iteration of the main I/O loop. That is, if one job has flow=8 and another job has flow=-1, then there will be a roughly 1:8 ratio in how much one runs vs the other. flow_watermark=int The maximum value that the absolute value of the flow counter is allowed to reach before the job must wait for a lower value of the counter. flow_sleep=int The period of time, in microseconds, to wait after the flow watermark has been exceeded before retrying operations clat_percentiles=bool Enable the reporting of percentiles of completion latencies. percentile_list=float_list Overwrite the default list of percentiles for completion latencies. Each number is a floating number in the range (0,100], and the maximum length of the list is 20. Use ':' to separate the numbers. For example, --percentile_list=99.5:99.9 will cause fio to report the values of completion latency below which 99.5% and 99.9% of the observed latencies fell, respectively. Ioengine Parameters List Some parameters are only valid when a specific ioengine is in use. These are used identically to normal parameters, with the caveat that when used on the command line, the must come after the ioengine that defines them is selected. (libaio)userspace_reap Normally, with the libaio engine in use, fio will use the io_getevents system call to reap newly returned events. With this flag turned on, the AIO ring will be read directly from user-space to reap events. The reaping mode is only enabled when polling for a minimum of 0 events (eg when iodepth_batch_complete=0). (net,netsplice)hostname=str The host name or IP address to use for TCP or UDP based IO. If the job is a TCP listener or UDP reader, the hostname is not used and must be omitted. (net,netsplice)port=int The TCP or UDP port to bind to or connect to. (net,netsplice)protocol=str, proto=str The network protocol to use. Accepted values are: tcp Transmission control protocol udp Unreliable datagram protocol unix UNIX domain socket When the protocol is TCP or UDP, the port must also be given, as well as the hostname if the job is a TCP listener or UDP reader. For unix sockets, the normal filename option should be used and the port is invalid. (net,netsplice)listen For TCP network connections, tell fio to listen for incoming connections rather than initiating an outgoing connection. The hostname must be omitted if this option is used.
While running, fio will display the status of the created jobs. For example: Threads: 1: [_r] [24.8% done] [ 13509/ 8334 kb/s] [eta 00h:01m:31s] The characters in the first set of brackets denote the current status of each threads. The possible values are: P Setup but not started. C Thread created. I Initialized, waiting. R Running, doing sequential reads. r Running, doing random reads. W Running, doing sequential writes. w Running, doing random writes. M Running, doing mixed sequential reads/writes. m Running, doing mixed random reads/writes. F Running, currently waiting for fsync(2). V Running, verifying written data. E Exited, not reaped by main thread. - Exited, thread reaped. The second set of brackets shows the estimated completion percentage of the current group. The third set shows the read and write I/O rate, respectively. Finally, the estimated run time of the job is displayed. When fio completes (or is interrupted by Ctrl-C), it will show data for each thread, each group of threads, and each disk, in that order. Per-thread statistics first show the threads client number, group-id, and error code. The remaining figures are as follows: io Number of megabytes of I/O performed. bw Average data rate (bandwidth). runt Threads run time. slat Submission latency minimum, maximum, average and standard deviation. This is the time it took to submit the I/O. clat Completion latency minimum, maximum, average and standard deviation. This is the time between submission and completion. bw Bandwidth minimum, maximum, percentage of aggregate bandwidth received, average and standard deviation. cpu CPU usage statistics. Includes user and system time, number of context switches this thread went through and number of major and minor page faults. IO depths Distribution of I/O depths. Each depth includes everything less than (or equal) to it, but greater than the previous depth. IO issued Number of read/write requests issued, and number of short read/write requests. IO latencies Distribution of I/O completion latencies. The numbers follow the same pattern as IO depths. The group statistics show: io Number of megabytes I/O performed. aggrb Aggregate bandwidth of threads in the group. minb Minimum average bandwidth a thread saw. maxb Maximum average bandwidth a thread saw. mint Shortest runtime of threads in the group. maxt Longest runtime of threads in the group. Finally, disk statistics are printed with reads first: ios Number of I/Os performed by all groups. merge Number of merges in the I/O scheduler. ticks Number of ticks we kept the disk busy. io_queue Total time spent in the disk queue. util Disk utilization. It is also possible to get fio to dump the current output while it is running, without terminating the job. To do that, send fio the USR1 signal.
If the --minimal option is given, the results will be printed in a semicolon-delimited format suitable for scripted use - a job description (if provided) follows on a new line. Note that the first number in the line is the version number. If the output has to be changed for some reason, this number will be incremented by 1 to signify that change. The fields are: terse version, fio version, jobname, groupid, error Read status: Total I/O (KB), bandwidth (KB/s), IOPS, runtime (ms) Submission latency: min, max, mean, standard deviation Completion latency: min, max, mean, standard deviation Completion latency percentiles (20 fields): Xth percentile=usec Total latency: min, max, mean, standard deviation Bandwidth: min, max, aggregate percentage of total, mean, standard deviation Write status: Total I/O (KB), bandwidth (KB/s), IOPS, runtime (ms) Submission latency: min, max, mean, standard deviation Completion latency: min, max, mean, standard deviation Completion latency percentiles (20 fields): Xth percentile=usec Total latency: min, max, mean, standard deviation Bandwidth: min, max, aggregate percentage of total, mean, standard deviation CPU usage: user, system, context switches, major page faults, minor page faults IO depth distribution: <=1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, >=64 IO latency distribution: Microseconds: <=2, 4, 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500, 750, 1000 Milliseconds: <=2, 4, 10, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500, 750, 1000, 2000, >=2000 Disk utilization (1 for each disk used): name, read ios, write ios, read merges, write merges, read ticks, write ticks, read in-queue time, write in-queue time, disk utilization percentage Error Info (dependent on continue_on_error, default off): total # errors, first error code text description (if provided in config - appears on newline)
/ SERVER Normally you would run fio as a stand-alone application on the machine where the IO workload should be generated. However, it is also pos- sible to run the frontend and backend of fio separately. This makes it possible to have a fio server running on the machine(s) where the IO workload should be running, while controlling it from another machine. To start the server, you would do: fio --server=args on that machine, where args defines what fio listens to. The arguments are of the form 'type:hostname or IP:port'. 'type' is either 'ip' (or ip4) for TCP/IP v4, 'ip6' for TCP/IP v6, or 'sock' for a local unix domain socket. 'hostname' is either a hostname or IP address, and 'port' is the port to listen to (only valid for TCP/IP, not a local socket). Some examples: 1) fio --server Start a fio server, listening on all interfaces on the default port (8765). 2) fio --server=ip:hostname,4444 Start a fio server, listening on IP belonging to hostname and on port 4444. 3) fio --server=ip6:::1,4444 Start a fio server, listening on IPv6 localhost ::1 and on port 4444. 4) fio --server=,4444 Start a fio server, listening on all interfaces on port 4444. 5) fio --server= Start a fio server, listening on IP on the default port. 6) fio --server=sock:/tmp/fio.sock Start a fio server, listening on the local socket /tmp/fio.sock. When a server is running, you can connect to it from a client. The client is run with: fio --local-args --client=server --remote-args <job file(s)> where --local-args are arguments that are local to the client where it is running, 'server' is the connect string, and --remote-args and <job file(s)> are sent to the server. The 'server' string follows the same format as it does on the server side, to allow IP/host- name/socket and port strings. You can connect to multiple clients as well, to do that you could run: fio --client=server2 --client=server2 <job file(s)>
fio was written by Jens Axboe <>, now Jens Axboe <>. This man page was written by Aaron Carroll <> based on documentation by Jens Axboe.
Report bugs to the fio mailing list <>. See README.
For further documentation see HOWTO and README. Sample jobfiles are available in the examples directory. User Manual September 2007 fio(1)

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