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ltrace - Unix, Linux Command


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NAME

ltrace - A library call tracer

SYNOPSIS

ltrace [-CdfhiLrStttV] [-a column] [-e expr] [-l filename] [-n nr] [-o filename] [-p pid] ... [-s strsize] [-u username] [-X extern] [-x extern] ... [--align=column] [--debug] [--demangle] [--help] [--indent=nr] [--library=filename] [--output=filename] [--version] [command [arg ...]]

DESCRIPTION

ltrace is a program that simply runs the specified command until it exits. It intercepts and records the dynamic library calls which are called by the executed process and the signals which are received by that process. It can also intercept and print the system calls executed by the program.

Its use is very similar to strace(1) .

OPTIONS

TagDescription
-a, --align column
  Align return values in a specific column (default column is 5/8 of screen width).
-c Count time and calls for each library call and report a summary on program exit.
-C, --demangle
  Decode (demangle) low-level symbol names into user-level names. Besides removing any initial underscore prepended by the system, this makes C++ function names readable.
-d, --debug
  Increase the debugging level. Use more (ie. -dd ) for greater debugging information.
-e expr A qualifying expression which modifies which events to trace. The format of the expression is:
[!]value1[,value2]...
where the values are the functions to trace. Using an exclamation mark negates the set of values. For example -e printf means to trace only the printf library call. By contrast, -e !printf means to trace every library call except printf.
Note that some shells use the exclamation point for history expansion; even inside quoted arguments. If so, you must escape the exclamation point with a backslash.
-f Trace child processes as they are created by currently traced processes as a result of the fork(2) or clone(2) system calls. The new process is attached as soon as its pid is known.
-h, --help Show a summary of the options to ltrace and exit.
-i Print the instruction pointer at the time of the library call.
-l, --library filename
  Display only the symbols included in the library filename. Up to 20 library names can be specified with several instances of this option.
-L DON’T display library calls (use it with the -S option).
-n, --indent nr
  Indent trace output by nr number of spaces for each new nested call. Using this option makes the program flow visualization easy to follow.
-o, --output filename
  Write the trace output to the file filename rather than to stderr.
-p pid Attach to the process with the process ID pid and begin tracing.
-r Print a relative timestamp with each line of the trace. This records the time difference between the beginning of successive lines.
-s strsize
  Specify the maximum string size to print (the default is 32).
-S Display system calls as well as library calls
-t Prefix each line of the trace with the time of day.
-tt If given twice, the time printed will include the microseconds.
-ttt If given thrice, the time printed will include the microseconds and the leading portion will be printed as the number of seconds since the epoch.
-T Show the time spent inside each call. This records the time difference between the beginning and the end of each call.
-u username
  Run command with the userid, groupid and supplementary groups of username. This option is only useful when running as root and enables the correct execution of setuid and/or setgid binaries.
-X extern
  Some architectures need to know where to set a breakpoint that will be hit after the dynamic linker has run. If this flag is used, then the breakpoint is set at extern, which must be an external function. By default, ’_start’ is used. NOTE: this flag is only available on the architectures that need it.
-x extern
  Trace the external function extern. This option may be repeated.
-V, --version
  Show the version number of ltrace and exit.

BUGS

It has most of the bugs stated in strace(1) .

Manual page and documentation are not very up-to-date.

Option -f sometimes fails to trace some children.

It only works on Linux and in a small subset of architectures.

Calls to dlopen()ed libraries will not be traced.

If you like to report a bug, send a notice to the author, or use the reportbug(1) program if you are under the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.

FILES

TagDescription
/etc/ltrace.conf
  System configuration file
~/.ltrace.conf
  Personal config file, overrides /etc/ltrace.conf

AUTHOR

Juan Cespedes <cespedes@debian.org>

SEE ALSO



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