DTrace is a Dynamic Tracing framework developed by Sun and ported to NetBSD. It enables extensive instrumentation of the kernel and user space. See the [DTrace Community Page](http://dtrace.org) for more information.
Also see [DTrace Introduction](http://dtrace.org/guide/preface.html), Brendan Gregg's [DTrace one liners](http://www.brendangregg.com/DTrace/dtrace_oneliners.txt) and his notes for [DTrace on FreeBSD](https://wiki.freebsd.org/DTrace/).
# Current status
## Supported platforms
DTrace is a work-in-progress effort and it is for x86 systems and some arm boards.
* i386 and amd64
* earm* (evbarm and armv4 based ports)
## Supported providers
* SDT: Statically Defined Tracing
* FBT: Function Boundary Tracing
* Lockstat: Kernel Lock Statistics
* Profile: Time based interrupt event source for Profiling
* Syscall: System Calls
* Syscall Linux (32bit & 64 bit): System calls via the Linux binary emulation layer
## TODO for netbsd-7
* Measure effect of `options KDTRACE_HOOKS` on system performance.
* Determine whether the profile module works and list it here.
* Integrate [[riz|users/riz]]'s syscall provider patch.
## TODO for netbsd-6
Need to identify changes to pull up to netbsd-6 and pull them up.
* Profile provider.
# How to use
## Building DTrace
You need the following options in your kernel:
options KDTRACE_HOOKS # kernel DTrace hooks
options INSECURE # permit modules to loaded from user space once system has gone multiuser and securelevel has been raised.
A Distribution needs to be built with the options `MKDTRACE=yes` and `MKCTF=yes`, this is taken care of automatically and doesn't need to be specified manually. The list of platforms it is applied to automatically is set in `src/share/mk/bsd.own.mk`
Set the system to load the solaris and dtrace related modules in `/etc/modules.conf`, for a list of available modules, see `/stand/$MACHINE/$VERSION/modules/`
For example, add the following to `/etc/modules.conf` (the file may not exist already on a system):
A `dtrace` device node is created automatically in `/dev/dtrace` when the modules are loaded into place.
List the dtrace probes
ID PROVIDER MODULE FUNCTION NAME
1 dtrace BEGIN
2 dtrace END
3 dtrace ERROR
4 fbt netbsd AcpiAcquireGlobalLock entry
5 fbt netbsd AcpiAcquireGlobalLock return
6 fbt netbsd AcpiAllocateRootTable entry
7 fbt netbsd AcpiAttachData entry
29129 fbt solaris zfs_vop_getattr entry
29130 fbt solaris zfs_vop_getattr return
29131 proc create
29132 proc exec
29140 proc lwp_start
29141 proc lwp_exit
## Running hello world
Put the following into the file hello.d:
Run the hello world script:
dtrace -s hello.d
dtrace: script './hello.d' matched 1 probe
CPU ID FUNCTION:NAME
0 1 :BEGIN Hello world
## A more complex example
The following script traces the execution of a sleep operation
in the kernel. Put it in sleep.d:
#pragma D option flowindent
/execname == "sleep" && guard++ == 0/
self->traceme = 1;
self->traceme = 0;
Start the script running:
dtrace -s sleep.d
This will take a while as the script instruments every function in the
kernel. When it's ready, it will print a message like "dtrace: script
'sleep.d' matched 59268 probes". Then execute a "sleep 2" in another
## Tools included in base
Starting with NetBSD-8, on builds where `MKDTRACE=yes` is set, scripts from
[Brendan Gregg's DTrace toolkit](https://github.com/opendtrace/toolkit/) are installed in base as standard.
At present, the following scripts are installed in `/usr/sbin`:
- `dtruss` - An implementation of the truss utility in DTrace which traces the system calls
made by a process
- `execsnoop` - snoop on execution of processes as they occur
- `opensnoop` - snoop on openning of files as they occur
- `procsystime` - print process system call time details.
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