Preface

The Oracle Linux DTrace Guide describes how to use DTrace. The guide also describes some DTrace providers in detail. Most of the information in this document is generic and applies to all releases of Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7, with support for the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 (UEK R4) and Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 (UEK R5) kernels. Note that UEK R5 is not supported on Oracle Linux 6.

Note

This release of DTrace supports systems that use the x86_64 processor architecture, but not systems that use 32-bit x86 processors.

DTrace support has also been extended to the 64-bit Arm architecture in this release. However, note that some providers might not be supported on this architecture.

Audience

This document is intended for administrators and developers who want a reference document that describes DTrace and the D programming language. The guide also includes tools that help you understand how your system works, how to track down performance problems, and how to locate the causes of aberrant behavior.

Basic familiarity with a programming language such as C, or a scripting language such as awk or perl, will help you learn DTrace and the D programming language faster. However, you do not need to be an expert in any of these areas.

Document Organization

The document is organized as follows:

Related Books

The following books are recommended and related to tasks that you might perform with DTrace:

  • Kernighan, Brian W. and Ritchie, Dennis M. The C Programming Language. Prentice Hall, 1988. ISBN 0–13–110370–9

  • Bovet, Daniel P. and Cesati, Marco. Understanding the Linux Kernel, Third Edition. O'Reilly Media, 2005. ISBN 0-59-600565-2

  • Love, Robert. Linux Kernel Development, Third Edition. Addison Wesley, 2010. ISBN 0-672-32946-8.

Related Documents

The documentation for this product is available at:

https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/linux/documentation/index.html.

Conventions

The following text conventions are used in this document:

Convention

Meaning

boldface

Boldface type indicates graphical user interface elements associated with an action, or terms defined in text or the glossary.

italic

Italic type indicates book titles, emphasis, or placeholder variables for which you supply particular values.

monospace

Monospace type indicates commands within a paragraph, URLs, code in examples, text that appears on the screen, or text that you enter.

Documentation Accessibility

For information about Oracle's commitment to accessibility, visit the Oracle Accessibility Program website at http://www.oracle.com/pls/topic/lookup?ctx=acc&id=docacc.

Access to Oracle Support

Oracle customers that have purchased support have access to electronic support through My Oracle Support. For information, visit http://www.oracle.com/pls/topic/lookup?ctx=acc&id=info or visit http://www.oracle.com/pls/topic/lookup?ctx=acc&id=trs if you are hearing impaired.