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KTR(4) DragonFly Kernel Interfaces Manual KTR(4)
ktr -- kernel tracing facility
The ktr facility allows kernel events to be logged while the kernel exe-
cutes so that they can be examined later when debugging. The only manda-
tory option to enable ktr is options KTR.
The KTR_ENTRIES option sets the size of the buffer of events. It must be
a power of two. The size of the buffer in the currently running kernel
can be found via the read-only sysctl debug.ktr.entries. By default the
buffer contains 2048 entries.
For debugging purposes, the following ktr related kernel options exist:
KTR_ALL turns on all options
KTR_ACPI_EC ACPI Embedded Controller related data
KTR_CTXSW context switches
KTR_DMCRYPT read and write strategy paths of dm(4)'s crypt tar-
KTR_ETHERNET cost of ether_input() and ether_dispatch()
KTR_IF_BGE bge(4) interrupts and sent/received packets
KTR_IF_EM em(4) interrupts and sent/received packets
KTR_IF_EMX emx(4) interrupts and sent/received packets
KTR_IFQ classic ifq dequeue/enqueue operation
KTR_IF_POLL polling(4) operation
KTR_IF_START running/avoiding/scheduling ifnet.if_start
KTR_IPIQ IPI related data (IPI requests, CPU synchronization
KTR_KERNENTRY entry of the kernel from userland (faults, syscalls)
KTR_MEMORY kmalloc(9) and kfree(9) events
KTR_SERIALIZER serializer(9) related events
KTR_SPIN_CONTENTION spinlock(9) contention
KTR_TESTLOG IPI performance testing
KTR_TOKENS LWKT token related events
KTR_TSLEEP tsleep(9) and wakeup(9)
KTR_USCHED_BSD4 usched_bsd4 scheduling decisions
KTR_USCHED_DFLY usched_dfly scheduling decisions
By default, events are only logged to the internal buffer for examination
later, but if the verbose flag is set then they are dumped to the kernel
console as well. This flag can also be set from the loader via the
debug.ktr.verbose environment variable, or it can be examined and set
after booting via the debug.ktr.verbose sysctl. If the flag is set to
zero, which is the default, then verbose output is disabled. If the flag
is set to one, then the contents of the log message and the CPU number
are printed to the kernel console. If the flag is greater than one, then
the filename and line number of the event are output to the console in
addition to the log message and the CPU number. The KTR_VERBOSE option
enables verbose mode and sets the flag to one.
Examining the Events
The KTR buffer can be examined with ktrdump(8), gdb(1) or from within
ddb(4) via the show ktr [/v] command. This command displays the contents
of the trace buffer one page at a time. At the ``--more--'' prompt, the
Enter key displays one more entry and prompts again. The spacebar dis-
plays another page of entries. Any other key quits. By default the
timestamp, filename, and line number are not displayed with each log
entry. If the /v modifier is specified, then they are displayed in addi-
tion to the normal output. Note that the events are displayed in reverse
chronological order. That is, the most recent events are displayed
debug.ktr.*_enable A 32 bit mask used to control event logging.
Each bit corresponds to one or more events
depending on the values of the maskbit parame-
ters that were passed to the KTR_INFO(9) calls
which declared the events.
Unless KTR_ALL is specified in the kernel con-
figuration, the default is to turn on logging
for all corresponding events (i.e. setting the
sysctl to -1).
debug.ktr.*_mask Read only sysctls (one per event) that show the
debug.ktr.*_enable values corresponding to the
debug.ktr.resynchronize Resynchronize the TSC across all CPUs 10 times
per second in an attempt to reduce drift errors.
Note that this is very expensive and therefore
the default is 0.
gdb(1), ddb(4), ktrdump(8), ktr(9)
The KTR kernel tracing facility first appeared in BSD/OS 3.0 and was
imported into FreeBSD 5.0 and DragonFly 1.1. It was completely rewritten
by Matthew Dillon in DragonFly 1.3.
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