TNFXTRACT(1) User Commands TNFXTRACT(1)


NAME


tnfxtract - extract kernel probes output into a trace file

SYNOPSIS


tnfxtract [-d dumpfile -n namelist] tnf_file


DESCRIPTION


The tnfxtract utility collects kernel trace output from an in-core buffer
in the Solaris kernel, or from the memory image of a crashed system, and
generates a binary TNF trace file like those produced directly by user
programs being traced.


Either both or neither of the -d and -n options must be specified. If
neither is specified, trace output is extracted from the running kernel.
If both are specified, the -d argument names the file containing the
(crashed) system memory image, and the -n argument names the file
containing the symbol table for the system memory image.


The TNF trace file tnf_file produced is exactly the same size as the in-
core buffer; it is essentially a snapshot of that buffer. It is legal to
run tnfxtract while kernel tracing is active, i.e., while the in-core
buffer is being written. tnfxtract insures that the output file it
generates is low-level consistent, that is, that only whole probes are
written out, and that internal data structures in the buffer are not
corrupted because the buffer is being concurrently written.


The TNF trace file generated is suitable as input to tnfdump(1), which
will generate an ASCII file.

OPTIONS


The following options are supported:

-d dumpfile
Uses dumpfile as the system memory image, instead of the
running kernel. The dumpfile is normally the path name of
a file generated by the savecore utility.


-n namelist
Uses namelist as the file containing the symbol table
information for the given dumpfile.


OPERANDS


The following operand is supported:

tnf_file
Output file generated by tnfxtract based on kernel trace
output from an in-core buffer in the Solaris kernel.


EXAMPLES


Example 1: Extracting probes from a running kernel




Extract probes from the running kernel into ktrace.out:


example% tnfxtract ktrace.out


Example 2: Extracting probes from a kernel crash dump




Extract probes from a kernel crash dump into ktrace.out:


example% tnfxtract -d /var/crash/`uname -n`/vmcore.0 \
-n /var/crash/`uname -n`/unix.0 ktrace.out


EXIT STATUS


The following exit values are returned:

0
Successful completion.


>0
An error occurred.


SEE ALSO


prex(1), tnfdump(1), tnf_kernel_probes(5), attributes(7), savecore(8)


August 19, 2003 TNFXTRACT(1)