Commands by garylittle (1)

  • Lockstat will sample the kernel 977 times per second, and print out the functions that it sees executing on the CPU during the sample. The -s 10 switch tells lockstsat to not only print that function, but also show the call stack (up to 10 deep). Show Sample Output

    lockstat -I -i 977 -s 30 -h sleep 1 > /tmp/profile.out
    garylittle · 2009-03-13 13:17:53 0

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