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Gman’s DTrace moment

Just noticed Glynn had a DTrace moment.

He was simply looking at the entry probes.

I’m sure he’ll find the following even more interesting (remember that this script will need ctrl-c to exit it):

#!/usr/sbin/dtrace -s
#pragma D option flowindent

This one will show the entry and exit of user space functions, in addition to indenting for each stack level. Showing stuff like:

2  -> gedit_tooltips_event_handler
2    -> get_keyboard_mode
2     gedit_tooltips_data_get
2    <- gedit_tooltips_data_get
2  <- gedit_tooltips_event_handler

Of course you could get even more interesting with the following:

#!/usr/sbin/dtrace -s
#pragma D option flowindent
{self->interest = 1}

I’ll leave it as an exercise to the reader as to what this one adds in. Hint, you might want to redirect the output, there is likely to be a bit.

For those who are a little more game, you could try adding the following to the previous script. Be aware that it’s going to make things a little busy for a bit. Don’t forget ctrl-c to exit it. It wil take a little bit to catch up after the ctrl-c.


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Written by Alan

November 8, 2005 at 10:34 pm

Posted in OpenSolaris

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