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STATS(3)	       FreeBSD Library Functions Manual		      STATS(3)

     stats -- statistics gathering

     library "libstats"

     #include <sys/arb.h>
     #include <sys/qmath.h>
     #include <sys/stats.h>

   Stats Blob Template Management Functions
     stats_tpl_alloc(const char	*name, uint32_t	flags);

     stats_tpl_fetch_allocid(const char	*name, uint32_t	hash);

     stats_tpl_fetch(int tpl_id, struct	statsblob_tpl **tpl);

     stats_tpl_id2name(uint32_t	tpl_id,	char *buf, size_t len);


     stats_tpl_sample_rollthedice(struct stats_tpl_sample_rate *rates,
	 int nrates, void *seed_bytes, size_t seed_len);

     struct voistatspec

     struct voistatspec

     struct voistatspec

     struct voistatspec
     STATS_VSS_CRHIST<32|64>_LIN(lb, ub, stepinc, vsdflags);

     struct voistatspec
     STATS_VSS_CRHIST<32|64>_EXP(lb, ub, stepbase, stepexp, vsdflags);

     struct voistatspec
     STATS_VSS_CRHIST<32|64>_LINEXP(lb,	ub, nlinsteps, stepbase, vsdflags);

     struct voistatspec
	 ,,...,Pc, ,, vsdflags);

     struct voistatspec
     STATS_VSS_DRHIST<32|64>_USR(Sy,HBKTS,Ns,Pq,Sy,DRBKT,Ns,(,Em,lb, ,,ub,),
	 ,,...,Pc, ,, vsdflags);

     struct voistatspec
	 ,,...,Pc, ,, vsdflags);

     struct voistatspec
     STATS_VSS_TDGSTCLUST<32|64>(nctroids, prec);

     stats_tpl_add_voistats(uint32_t tpl_id, int32_t voi_id,
	 const char *voi_name, enum vsd_dtype voi_dtype, uint32_t nvss,
	 struct	voistatspec *vss, uint32_t flags);

   Stats Blob Data Gathering Functions
     stats_voi_update_<abs|rel>_<dtype>(struct statsblob *sb, int32_t voi_id,
	 _dtype_ voival);

   Stats Blob Utility Functions
     struct statsblob *
     stats_blob_alloc(uint32_t tpl_id, uint32_t	flags);

     stats_blob_init(struct statsblob *sb, uint32_t tpl_id, uint32_t flags);

     stats_blob_clone(struct statsblob **dst, size_t dstmaxsz,
	 struct	statsblob *src,	uint32_t flags);

     stats_blob_destroy(struct statsblob *sb);

     stats_voistat_fetch_dptr(struct statsblob *sb, int32_t voi_id,
	 enum voi_stype	stype, enum vsd_dtype *retdtype,
	 struct	voistatdata **retvsd, size_t *retvsdsz);

     stats_voistat_fetch_<dtype>(struct	statsblob *sb, int32_t voi_id,
	 enum voi_stype	stype, _dtype_ *ret);

     stats_blob_snapshot(struct	statsblob **dst, size_t	dstmaxsz,
	 struct	statsblob *src,	uint32_t flags);

     stats_blob_tostr(struct statsblob *sb, struct sbuf	*buf,
	 enum sb_str_fmt fmt, uint32_t flags);

     stats_voistatdata_tostr(const struct voistatdata *vsd,
	 enum vsd_dtype	dtype, enum sb_str_fmt fmt, struct sbuf	*buf,
	 int objdump);

     typedef int
     (*stats_blob_visitcb_t)(struct sb_visit *sbv, void	*usrctx);

     stats_blob_visit(struct statsblob *sb, stats_blob_visitcb_t func,
	 void *usrctx);

     The stats framework facilitates real-time kernel and user space statis-
     tics gathering.  The framework is built around the	"statsblob", an	object
     embedded within a contiguous memory allocation that is mostly opaque to
     consumers and stores all required state.  A "statsblob" object can	itself
     be	embedded within	other objects either directly or indirectly using a

     Objects or	subsystems for which statistics	are to be gathered are ini-
     tialized from a template "statsblob", which acts as the blueprint for an
     arbitrary set of Variables	Of Interest (VOIs) and their associated	sta-
     tistics.  Each template defines a schema plus associated metadata,	which
     are kept separate to minimize the memory footprint	of blobs.

     Data gathering hook functions added at appropriate	locations within the
     code base of interest feed	VOI data into the framework for	processing.

     Each "statsblob", consists	of a struct statsblob header and opaque	inter-
     nal blob structure	per the	following diagram:

	   |   struct  |		  uint8_t		   |
	   | statsblob |		 opaque[]		   |

     The publicly visible 8-byte header	is defined as:

	   struct statsblob {
		   uint8_t	   abi;
		   uint8_t	   endian;
		   uint16_t	   flags;
		   uint16_t	   maxsz;
		   uint16_t	   cursz;
		   uint8_t	   opaque[];

     abi specifies which API version the blob's	opaque internals conform to
     (STATS_ABI_V1 is the only version currently defined).  endian specifies
     the endianness of the blob's fields (SB_LE	for little endian, SB_BE for
     big endian, or SB_UE for unknown endianness).  cursz specifies the	size
     of	the blob, while	maxsz specifies	the size of the	underlying memory al-
     location in which the blob	is embedded.  Both cursz and maxsz default to
     units of bytes, unless a flag is set in flags that	dictates otherwise.

     Templates are constructed by associating arbitrary	VOI IDs	with a set of
     statistics, where each statistic is specified using a struct voistatspec
     per the definition	below:

	   struct voistatspec {
		   vss_hlpr_fn		   hlpr;
		   struct vss_hlpr_info	   *hlprinfo;
		   struct voistatdata	   *iv;
		   size_t		   vsdsz;
		   uint32_t		   flags;
		   enum	vsd_dtype	   vs_dtype : 8;
		   enum	voi_stype	   stype : 8;

     It	is generally expected that consumers will not work with	struct
     voistatspec directly, and instead use the STATS_VSS_*() helper macros.

     The stats framework offers	the following statistics for association with

     VS_STYPE_SUM    The sum of	VOI values.

     VS_STYPE_MAX    The maximum VOI value.

     VS_STYPE_MIN    The minimum VOI value.

     VS_STYPE_HIST   A static bucket histogram of VOI values, including	a
		     count of "out-of-band/bucket
		     ""	values which did not match any bucket.	Histograms can
		     be	specified as "Continuous Range
		     ""	(CRHIST
		     )), "Discrete Range
		     ""	(DRHIST
		     ))	or "Discrete Value
		     ""	(DVHIST
		     )), with 32 or 64 bit bucket counters, depending on the
		     VOI semantics.

     VS_STYPE_TDGST  A dynamic bucket histogram	of VOI values based on the t-
		     digest method (refer to the t-digest paper	in the SEE
		     ALSO section below).

     A "visitor	software design	pattern"-like scheme is	employed to facilitate
     iterating over a blob's data without concern for the blob's structure.
     The data provided to visitor callback functions is	encapsulated in	struct
     sb_visit per the definition below:

	   struct sb_visit {
		   struct voistatdata	   *vs_data;
		   uint32_t		   tplhash;
		   uint32_t		   flags;
		   int16_t		   voi_id;
		   int16_t		   vs_dsz;
		   enum	vsd_dtype	   voi_dtype : 8;
		   enum	vsd_dtype	   vs_dtype : 8;
		   int8_t		   vs_stype;
		   uint16_t		   vs_errs;

     The stats_tpl_sample_rates() and stats_tpl_sample_rollthedice() functions
     utilize struct stats_tpl_sample_rate to encapsulate per-template sample
     rate information per the definition below:

	   struct stats_tpl_sample_rate	{
		   int32_t	   tpl_slot_id;
		   uint32_t	   tpl_sample_pct;

     The tpl_slot_id member holds the template's slot ID obtained from
     stats_tpl_alloc() or stats_tpl_fetch_allocid().  The tpl_sample_pct mem-
     ber holds the template's sample rate as an	integer	percentage in the
     range [0,100].

     The stats_tpl_sr_cb_t conformant function pointer that is required	as the
     arg1 of stats_tpl_sample_rates() is defined as:

	   enum	stats_tpl_sr_cb_action {
	   typedef int (*stats_tpl_sr_cb_t)(enum stats_tpl_sr_cb_action	action,
	       struct stats_tpl_sample_rate **rates, int *nrates, void *ctx);

     It	is required that a conformant function:

     -	 Return	an appropriate errno(2)	on error, otherwise 0.

     -	 When called with "action == TPL_SR_*_GET", return the subsystem's
	 rates list ptr	and count, locked or unlocked as requested.

     -	 When called with "action == TPL_SR_RUNLOCK", unlock the subsystem's
	 rates list ptr	and count.  Pair with a	prior "action ==

     -	 When called with "action == TPL_SR_PUT", update the subsystem's rates
	 list ptr and count to the sysctl processed values and return the in-
	 active	list details in	rates and nrates for garbage collection	by

     Where templates need to be	referenced via textual means, for example via
     a MIB variable, the following string based	template spec formats can be

     1.	  "<tplname>
	  "":<tplhash> , for example "TCP_DEFAULT

     2.	  "<tplname>
	  "" , for example "TCP_DEFAULT

     3.	  :<tplhash> , for example :1731235399

     The first form is the normative spec format generated by the framework,
     while the second and third	forms are convenience formats primarily	for
     user input.  The use of inverted commas around the	template name is op-

   MIB Variables
     The in-kernel stats framework exposes the following framework-specific
     variables in the kern.stats branch	of the sysctl(3) MIB.

     templates	Read-only CSV list of registered templates in normative	tem-
		plate spec form.

   Template Management Functions
     The stats_tpl_alloc() function allocates a	new template with the speci-
     fied unique name and returns its runtime-stable template slot ID for use
     with other	API functions.	The flags argument is currently	unused.

     The stats_tpl_fetch_allocid() function returns the	runtime-stable tem-
     plate slot	ID of any registered template matching the specified name and

     The stats_tpl_fetch() function returns the	pointer	to the registered tem-
     plate object at the specified template slot ID.

     The stats_tpl_id2name() function returns the name of the registered tem-
     plate object at the specified template slot ID.

     The stats_tpl_sample_rates() function provides a generic handler for tem-
     plate sample rates	management and reporting via sysctl(3) MIB variables.
     Subsystems	can use	this function to create	a subsystem-specific
     SYSCTL_PROC(9) MIB	variable that manages and reports subsystem-specific
     template sampling rates.  Subsystems must supply a	stats_tpl_sr_cb_t con-
     formant function pointer as the sysctl's arg1, which is a callback	used
     to	interact with the subsystem's stats template sample rates list.	 Sub-
     systems can optionally specify the	sysctl's arg2 as non-zero, which
     causes a zero-initialized allocation of arg2-sized	contextual memory to
     be	heap-allocated and passed in to	all subsystem callbacks	made during
     the operation of stats_tpl_sample_rates().

     The stats_tpl_sample_rollthedice()	function makes a weighted random tem-
     plate selection from the supplied array of	template sampling rates.  The
     cumulative	percentage of all sampling rates should	not exceed 100.	 If no
     seed is supplied, a PRNG is used to generate a true random	number so that
     every selection is	independent.  If a seed	is supplied, selection will be
     made randomly across different seeds, but deterministically given the
     same seed.

     The stats_tpl_add_voistats() function is used to add a VOI	and associated
     set of statistics to the registered template object at the	specified tem-
     plate slot	ID.  The set of	statistics is passed as	an array of struct
     voistatspec which can be initialized using	the STATS_VSS_*() helper
     macros or manually	for non-standard use cases.  For static	vss arrays,
     the nvss count of array elements can be determined	by passing vss to the
     NVSS() macro.  The	SB_VOI_RELUPDATE flag can be passed to configure the
     VOI for use with stats_voi_update_rel_<dtype>(), which entails maintain-
     ing an extra 8 bytes of state in the blob at each update.

   Data	Gathering Functions
     The stats_voi_update_abs_<dtype>()	and stats_voi_update_rel_<dtype>()
     functions both update all the statistics associated with the VOI identi-
     fied by voi_id.  The "abs"	call uses voival as an absolute	value, whereas
     the "rel" call uses voival	as a value relative to that of the previous
     update function call, by adding it	to the previous	value and using	the
     result for	the update.  Relative updates are only possible	for VOIs that
     were added	to the template	with the SB_VOI_RELUPDATE flag specified to

   Utility Functions
     The stats_blob_alloc() function allocates and initializes a new blob
     based on the registered template object at	the specified template slot

     The stats_blob_init() function initializes	a new blob in an existing mem-
     ory allocation based on the registered template object at the specified
     template slot ID.

     The stats_blob_clone() function duplicates	the src	blob into dst, leaving
     only the maxsz field of dst untouched.  The SB_CLONE_ALLOCDST flag	can be
     passed to instruct	the function to	allocate a new blob of appropriate
     size into which to	clone src, storing the new pointer in *dst.  The
     SB_CLONE_USRDSTNOFAULT or SB_CLONE_USRDST flags can be set	to respec-
     tively signal that	copyout_nofault(9) or copyout(9) should	be used	be-
     cause *dst	is a user space	address.

     The stats_blob_snapshot() function	calls stats_blob_clone() to obtain a
     copy of src and then performs any additional functions required to	pro-
     duce a coherent blob snapshot.  The flags interpreted by
     stats_blob_clone()	also apply to stats_blob_snapshot().  Additionally,
     the SB_CLONE_RSTSRC flag can be used to effect a reset of the src blob's
     statistics	after a	snapshot is successfully taken.

     The stats_blob_destroy() function destroys	a blob previously created with
     stats_blob_alloc(), stats_blob_clone() or stats_blob_snapshot().

     The stats_blob_visit() function allows the	caller to iterate over the
     contents of a blob.  The callback function	func is	called for every VOI
     and statistic in the blob,	passing	a struct sb_visit and the user context
     argument usrctx to	the callback function.	The sbv	passed to the callback
     function may have one or more of the following flags set in the flags
     struct member to provide useful metadata about the	iteration:
     SB_IT_NULLVOISTAT.	 Returning a non-zero value from the callback function
     terminates	the iteration.

     The stats_blob_tostr() renders a string representation of a blob into the
     sbuf(9) buf.  Currently supported render formats are SB_STRFMT_FREEFORM
     and SB_STRFMT_JSON.  The SB_TOSTR_OBJDUMP flag can	be passed to render
     version specific opaque implementation detail for debugging or string-to-
     binary blob reconstruction	purposes.  The SB_TOSTR_META flag can be
     passed to render template metadata	into the string	representation,	using
     the blob's	template hash to lookup	the corresponding template.

     The stats_voistatdata_tostr() renders a string representation of an indi-
     vidual statistic's	data into the sbuf(9) buf.  The	same render formats
     supported by the stats_blob_tostr() function can be specified, and	the
     objdump boolean has the same meaning as the SB_TOSTR_OBJDUMP flag.

     The stats_voistat_fetch_dptr() function returns an	internal blob pointer
     to	the specified stype statistic data for the VOI voi_id.	The
     stats_voistat_fetch_<dtype>() functions are convenience wrappers around
     stats_voistat_fetch_dptr()	to perform the extraction for simple data

     The following notes apply to STATS_ABI_V1 format statsblobs.

   Space-Time Complexity
     Blobs are laid out	as three distinct memory regions following the header:

	   |   struct	 | struct |   struct   |     struct	|
	   | statsblobv1 | voi [] | voistat [] | voistatdata []	|

     Blobs store VOI and statistic blob	state (8 bytes for struct voi and 8
     bytes for struct voistat respectively) in sparse arrays, using the	voi_id
     and enum voi_stype	as array indices.  This	allows O(1) access to any
     voi/voistat pair in the blob, at the expense of 8 bytes of	wasted memory
     per vacant	slot for templates which do not	specify	contiguously numbered
     VOIs and/or statistic types.  Data	storage	for statistics is only allo-
     cated for non-vacant slot pairs.

     To	provide	a concrete example, a blob with	the following specification:

     -	 Two VOIs; ID 0	and 2; added to	the template in	that order

     -	 VOI 0 is of data type int64_t,	is configured with SB_VOI_RELUPDATE to
	 enable	support	for relative updates using
	 stats_voi_update_rel_<dtype>(), and has a VS_STYPE_MIN	statistic as-
	 sociated with it.

     -	 VOI 2 is of data type uint32_t	with VS_STYPE_SUM and VS_STYPE_MAX
	 statistics associated with it.

     would have	the following memory layout:

     | header				  | struct statsblobv1,	32 bytes
     | voi[0]				  | struct voi,	8 bytes
     | voi[1] (vacant)			  | struct voi,	8 bytes
     | voi[2]				  | struct voi,	8 bytes
     | voi[2]voistat[VOISTATE] (vacant)	  | struct voistat, 8 bytes
     | voi[2]voistat[SUM]		  | struct voistat, 8 bytes
     | voi[2]voistat[MAX]		  | struct voistat, 8 bytes
     | voi[0]voistat[VOISTATE]		  | struct voistat, 8 bytes
     | voi[0]voistat[SUM] (vacant)	  | struct voistat, 8 bytes
     | voi[0]voistat[MAX] (vacant)	  | struct voistat, 8 bytes
     | voi[0]voistat[MIN]		  | struct voistat, 8 bytes
     | voi[2]voistat[SUM]voistatdata	  | struct voistatdata_int32, 4	bytes
     | voi[2]voistat[MAX]voistatdata	  | struct voistatdata_int32, 4	bytes
     | voi[0]voistat[VOISTATE]voistatdata | struct voistatdata_numeric,	8 bytes
     | voi[0]voistat[MIN]voistatdata	  | struct voistatdata_int64, 8	bytes
					    TOTAL 136 bytes

     When rendered to string format using stats_blob_tostr(), the
     SB_STRFMT_FREEFORM	fmt and	the SB_TOSTR_OBJDUMP flag, the rendered	output

     struct statsblobv1@0x8016250a0, abi=1, endian=1, maxsz=136, cursz=136, \
       created=6294158585626144, lastrst=6294158585626144, flags=0x0000, \
       stats_off=56, statsdata_off=112,	tplhash=2994056564
	 vois[0]: id=0,	name="", flags=0x0001, dtype=INT_S64, voistatmaxid=3, \
	     vois[0]stat[0]: stype=VOISTATE, flags=0x0000, dtype=VOISTATE, \
	       dsz=8, data_off=120
		 voistatdata: prev=0
	     vois[0]stat[1]: stype=-1
	     vois[0]stat[2]: stype=-1
	     vois[0]stat[3]: stype=MIN,	flags=0x0000, dtype=INT_S64, \
	       dsz=8, data_off=128
		 voistatdata: 9223372036854775807
	 vois[1]: id=-1
	 vois[2]: id=2,	name="", flags=0x0000, dtype=INT_U32, voistatmaxid=2, \
	     vois[2]stat[0]: stype=-1
	     vois[2]stat[1]: stype=SUM,	flags=0x0000, dtype=INT_U32, dsz=4, \
		 voistatdata: 0
	     vois[2]stat[2]: stype=MAX,	flags=0x0000, dtype=INT_U32, dsz=4, \
		 voistatdata: 0

     Note: The "\" present in the rendered output above	indicates a manual
     line break	inserted to keep the man page within 80	columns	and is not
     part of the actual	output.

     The stats framework does not provide any concurrency protection at	the
     individual	blob level, instead requiring that consumers guarantee mutual
     exclusion when calling API	functions that reference a non-template	blob.

     The list of templates is protected	with a rwlock(9) in-kernel, and
     pthread(3)	rw lock	in user	space to support concurrency between template
     management	and blob initialization	operations.

     stats_tpl_alloc() returns a runtime-stable	template slot ID on success,
     or	a negative errno on failure.  -EINVAL is returned if any problems are
     detected with the arguments.  -EEXIST is returned if an existing template
     is	registered with	the same name.	-ENOMEM	is returned if a required mem-
     ory allocation fails.

     stats_tpl_fetch_allocid() returns a runtime-stable	template slot ID, or
     negative errno on failure.	 -ESRCH	is returned if no registered template
     matches the specified name	and/or hash.

     stats_tpl_fetch() returns 0 on success, or	ENOENT if an invalid tpl_id is

     stats_tpl_id2name() returns 0 on success, or an errno on failure.	EOVER-
     FLOW is returned if the length of buf specified by	len is too short to
     hold the template's name.	ENOENT is returned if an invalid tpl_id	is

     stats_tpl_sample_rollthedice() returns a valid template slot id selected
     from rates	or -1 if a NULL	selection was made, that is no stats collec-
     tion this roll.

     stats_tpl_add_voistats() return 0 on success, or an errno on failure.
     EINVAL is returned	if any problems	are detected with the arguments.  EF-
     BIG is returned if	the resulting blob would have exceeded the maximum
     size.  EOPNOTSUPP is returned if an attempt is made to add	more VOI stats
     to	a previously configured	VOI.  ENOMEM is	returned if a required memory
     allocation	fails.

     stats_voi_update_abs_<dtype>() and	stats_voi_update_rel_<dtype>() return
     0 on success, or EINVAL if	any problems are detected with the arguments.

     stats_blob_init() returns 0 on success, or	an errno on failure.  EINVAL
     is	returned if any	problems are detected with the arguments.  EOVERFLOW
     is	returned if the	template blob's	cursz is larger	than the maxsz of the
     blob being	initialized.

     stats_blob_alloc()	returns	a pointer to a newly allocated and initialized
     blob based	on the specified template with slot ID tpl_id, or NULL if the
     memory allocation failed.

     stats_blob_clone()	and stats_blob_snapshot() return 0 on success, or an
     errno on failure.	EINVAL is returned if any problems are detected	with
     the arguments.  ENOMEM is returned	if the SB_CLONE_ALLOCDST flag was
     specified and the memory allocation for dst fails.	 EOVERFLOW is returned
     if	the src	blob's cursz is	larger than the	maxsz of the dst blob.

     stats_blob_visit()	returns	0 on success, or EINVAL	if any problems	are
     detected with the arguments.

     stats_blob_tostr()	and stats_voistatdata_tostr() return 0 on success, or
     an	errno on failure.  EINVAL is returned if any problems are detected
     with the arguments, otherwise any error returned by sbuf_error() for buf
     is	returned.

     stats_voistat_fetch_dptr()	returns	0 on success, or EINVAL	if any prob-
     lems are detected with the	arguments.

     stats_voistat_fetch_<dtype>() returns 0 on	success, or an errno on	fail-
     ure.  EINVAL is returned if any problems are detected with	the arguments.
     EFTYPE is returned	if the requested data type does	not match the blob's
     data type for the specified voi_id	and stype.

     errno(2), arb(3), qmath(3), tcp(4), sbuf(9)

     Ted Dunning and Otmar Ertl, Computing Extremely Accurate Quantiles	Using

     The stats framework first appeared	in FreeBSD 13.0.

     The stats framework and this manual page were written by Lawrence Stewart
     <> and	sponsored by Netflix, Inc.

     Granularity of timing-dependent network statistics, in particular
     TCP_RTT, depends on the HZ	timer.	To minimize the	measurement error
     avoid using HZ lower than 1000.

FreeBSD	13.0		       December	2, 2019			  FreeBSD 13.0


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