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linux: strace basics
posted on 2015-03-31 23:16:24

In the following, <function> is the executable / your program you want to have a further look at.

strace 'traces system calls and signals'. ltrace is for getting to know about the libraries being used, but not discussed here.

write output to file

strace -o <filename> <function>


[root@jerrylee /home/jl]# strace -o sout.log echo  

Of course, piping will work, too. But you have to redirect STDERR to the file, too. (&> will do the trick.)

show function counts

strace -c <function>


[root@jerrylee /home/jl]# strace -c echo                                       

% time     seconds  usecs/call     calls    errors syscall
------ ----------- ----------- --------- --------- ----------------
 24.00    0.000090          30         3           open
 21.87    0.000082           9         9           mmap
 11.47    0.000043          11         4           mprotect
  9.87    0.000037           9         4           brk
  8.80    0.000033           8         4           fstat
  6.13    0.000023           5         5           close
  5.33    0.000020          10         2           munmap
  2.93    0.000011          11         1           write
  2.93    0.000011          11         1         1 access
  2.40    0.000009           9         1           execve
  2.13    0.000008           8         1           read
  2.13    0.000008           8         1           arch_prctl
------ ----------- ----------- --------- --------- ----------------
100.00    0.000375                    36         1 total

show timestamps

strace -t <function>


[root@jerrylee /home/jl]# strace -t echo                                       
23:24:07 execve("/bin/echo", ["echo"], [/* 57 vars */]) = 0
23:24:07 brk(0)                         = 0x2377000
23:24:07 mmap(NULL, 4096, PROT_READ|PROT_WRITE, MAP_PRIVATE|MAP_ANONYMOUS, -1, 0) = 0x7ff7d2efe000
23:24:07 access("/etc/", R_OK) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
23:24:07 open("/etc/", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3
23:24:07 fstat(3, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0644, st_size=124895, ...}) = 0
23:24:07 mmap(NULL, 124895, PROT_READ, MAP_PRIVATE, 3, 0) = 0x7ff7d2edf000
23:24:07 close(3)                       = 0
23:24:07 open("/lib64/", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 3

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