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1.  Introduction

2.  Types, Operators, and Expressions

3.  Variables

4.  D Program Structure

5.  Pointers and Arrays

6.  Strings

7.  Structs and Unions

8.  Type and Constant Definitions

9.  Aggregations

10.  Actions and Subroutines

11.  Buffers and Buffering

12.  Output Formatting

13.  Speculative Tracing

14.  dtrace(1M) Utility

15.  Scripting

16.  Options and Tunables

17.  dtrace Provider

18.  lockstat Provider

19.  profile Provider

20.  fbt Provider

21.  syscall Provider

22.  sdt Provider

23.  sysinfo Provider

24.  vminfo Provider

25.  proc Provider

26.  sched Provider

27.  io Provider

28.  mib Provider

29.  fpuinfo Provider

30.  pid Provider

31.  plockstat Provider

32.  fasttrap Provider

33.  User Process Tracing

34.  Statically Defined Tracing for User Applications

35.  Security

36.  Anonymous Tracing

37.  Postmortem Tracing

Displaying DTrace Consumers

Displaying Trace Data

38.  Performance Considerations

39.  Stability

40.  Translators

41.  Versioning



Chapter 37

Postmortem Tracing

This chapter describes the DTrace facilities for postmortem extraction and processing of the in-kernel data of DTrace consumers. In the event of a system crash, the information that has been recorded with DTrace may provide the crucial clues to root-cause the system failure. DTrace data may be extracted and processed from the system crash dump to aid you in understanding fatal system failures. By coupling these postmortem capabilities of DTrace with its ring buffering buffer policy (see Chapter 11, Buffers and Buffering), DTrace can be used as an operating system analog to the black box flight data recorder present on commercial aircraft.

To extract DTrace data from a specific crash dump, you should begin by running the Solaris Modular Debugger, mdb(1), on the crash dump of interest. The MDB module containing the DTrace functionality will be loaded automatically. To learn more about MDB, refer to the Solaris Modular Debugger Guide.