Solaris Dynamic Tracing Guide

Anonymous Enablings

To create an anonymous enabling, use the -A option with a dtrace(1M) invocation that specifies the desired probes, predicates, actions and options. dtrace will add a series of driver properties representing your request to the dtrace(7D) driver's configuration file, typically /kernel/drv/dtrace.conf. These properties will be read by the dtrace(7D) driver when it is loaded. The driver will enable the specified probes with the specified actions, and create an anonymous state to associate with the new enabling. Normally, the dtrace(7D) driver is loaded on-demand, as are any drivers that act as DTrace providers. To allow tracing during boot, the dtrace(7D) driver must be loaded as early as possible. dtrace adds the necessary forceload statements to /etc/system (see system(4)) for each required DTrace provider and for dtrace(7D) itself.

Thereafter, when the system boots, a message is emitted by dtrace(7D) to indicate that the configuration file has been successfully processed.

All options may be set with an anonymous enabling, including buffer size, dynamic variable size, speculation size, number of speculations, and so on.

To remove an anonymous enabling, specify -A to dtrace without any probe descriptions.