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funcslower - trace kernel functions slower than a threshold (microseconds). Uses

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NAME

funcslower - trace kernel functions slower than a threshold (microseconds). Uses Linux ftrace.

SYNOPSIS

funcslower [-aChHPt] [-p PID] [-L TID] [-d secs] funcstring latency_us

DESCRIPTION

This uses the Linux ftrace function graph profiler to time kernel functions and filter them based on a latency threshold. Latency outliers can be studied this way, confirming their presence, duration, and rate. This tool is a proof of concept using Linux ftrace capabilities on older kernels.
 
The output format is based on the ftrace function graph trace format, described in the kernel source under Documentation/trace/ftrace.txt. Use the -H option to print column headings. Note that the output may be shuffled when different CPU buffers are read; check the CPU column for changes, or include timestamps (-t) and post sort.
 
WARNING: This uses dynamic tracing of kernel functions, and could cause kernel panics or freezes. Test, and know what you are doing, before use.
 
Since this uses ftrace, only the root user can use this tool.

REQUIREMENTS

FTRACE function graph, which you may already have enabled and available on recent kernels. And awk.

OPTIONS

-a
All info. Same as -HPt.
-C
Function durations measure on-CPU time only (exclude sleep time).
-d seconds
Set the duration of tracing, in seconds. Trace output will be buffered and printed at the end. This also reduces overheads by buffering in-kernel, instead of printing events as they occur.
 
The ftrace buffer has a fixed size per-CPU (see /sys/kernel/debug/tracing/buffer_size_kb). If you think events are missing, try increasing that size.
-h
Print usage message.
-H
Print column headers.
-p PID
Only trace kernel functions when this process ID is on-CPU.
-L TID
Only trace kernel functions when this thread ID is on-CPU.
-P
Show process names and process IDs with every line of output.
-t
Show timestamps on every line of output.
funcstring
A function name to trace, which may include file glob style wildcards ("*") at the beginning or ending of a string only. Eg, "vfs*" means match "vfs" followed by anything. Since the output is verbose, you probably only want to trace single functions, and not use wildcards.
latency_us
Minimum function duration to trace, in units of microseconds. This is filtered in-kernel.

EXAMPLES

Trace calls to vfs_read(), showing events slower than 10 ms:
# funcslower vfs_read 10000
Same as above, but include column headers, event timestamps, and process names:
# funcslower -HPt vfs_read 10000
Trace slow vfs_read()s for PID 198 only:
# funcslower -p 198 vfs_read 10000

FIELDS

The output format depends on the kernel version, and headings can be printed using -H. The format is the same as the ftrace function trace format, described in the kernel source under Documentation/trace/ftrace.txt.
 
Typical fields are:
TIME
(Shown with -t.) Time of event, in seconds.
CPU
The CPU this event occurred on.
TASK/PID
(Shown with -P.) The process name (which could include dashes), a dash, and the process ID.
DURATION
Elapsed time during the function call, inclusive of children. This is also inclusive of sleep time, unless -C is used.
FUNCTION CALLS
Kernel function returns.

OVERHEAD

OVERHEADS: Timing and filtering is performed in-kernel context, costing lower overheads than post-processing in user space. If you trace frequent events (eg, pick a common function and a low threshold), you might want to try the "-d secs" option, which buffers events in-kernel instead of printing them live.
 
It's a good idea to start with a high threshold (eg, "100000" for 100 ms) then to decrease it. If you start low instead, you may start printing too many events.

SOURCE

This is from the perf-tools collection:
https://github.com/brendangregg/perf-tools
Also look under the examples directory for a text file containing example usage, output, and commentary for this tool.

OS

Linux

STABILITY

Unstable - in development.

AUTHOR

Brendan Gregg

SEE ALSO

funccount(8), functrace(8), funcgraph(8), kprobe(8)
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