Solaris Dynamic Tracing Guide

Breakpoint Interaction

FBT works by dynamically modifying kernel text. Because kernel breakpoints also work by modifying kernel text, if a kernel breakpoint is placed at an entry or return site before loading DTrace, FBT will refuse to provide a probe for the function, even if the kernel breakpoint is subsequently removed. If the kernel breakpoint is placed after loading DTrace, both the kernel breakpoint and the DTrace probe will correspond to the same point in text. In this situation, the breakpoint will trigger first, and then the probe will fire when the debugger resumes the kernel. It is recommended that kernel breakpoints not be used concurrently with DTrace. If breakpoints are required, use the DTrace breakpoint() action instead.