Java Memcached Stats Slabs (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

The stats slabs command is used in Java applications to retrieve statistics about slabs within a Memcached server. This is important for monitoring memory usage and performance tuning. It can assist in understanding how well the cache is functioning, what items are being stored, how much memory is used, and how frequently items are evicted due to lack of space.

Code Examples

Here's an example using spy.memcached, a popular Memcached client for Java:

import net.spy.memcached.MemcachedClient; import; import java.util.Map; public class MemcachedStats { public static void main(String[] args) { try { // Connect to a memcached server on localhost port 11211 MemcachedClient memcachedClient = new MemcachedClient(new InetSocketAddress("localhost", 11211)); // Get stats slabs Map<SocketAddress, Map<String, String>> stats = memcachedClient.getStats("slabs"); // Print stats slabs for (Map.Entry<SocketAddress, Map<String, String>> entry : stats.entrySet()) { System.out.println("Address: " + entry.getKey()); for (Map.Entry<String, String> item : entry.getValue().entrySet()) { System.out.println(item.getKey() + ": " + item.getValue()); } } } catch (IOException e) { e.printStackTrace(); } } }

In this code snippet, we first establish a connection with the Memcached server. Following that, we use the getStats("slabs") function to fetch slab statistics from the server. We then iterate over and print out all the stats.

Best Practices

  • Regularly monitor your Memcached's performance using the stats slabs command to avoid memory-related issues.
  • Always close the Memcached connection when you're done with it to free up system resources.
  • Handle exceptions that might occur during network communication or operation execution.

Common Mistakes

  • Not monitoring Memcached's memory usage and slab statistics regularly, which can lead to unexpected evictions or bad cache performance.
  • Ignoring exceptions. You should always handle potential exceptions in your code that might occur due to network failures or other reasons.


1. What do slab classes represent in Memcached? Slab classes in Memcached are groups of items stored in memory that are of similar size. Each slab class has a chunk size, which is the maximum item size that can be placed in it.

2. What kind of information can I get from 'stats slabs' command? The 'stats slabs' command provides detailed information about each slab class like the number of stored items, memory used, chunks per page and many more. This helps in debugging and fine-tuning the performance of Memcached servers.

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