|biosnoop(8)||System Manager's Manual||biosnoop(8)|
biosnoop.bt - Block I/O tracing tool, showing per I/O latency. Uses bpftrace/eBPF.
This is a basic block I/O (disk I/O) tracing tool, showing each I/O event along with the issuing process ID, and the I/O latency. This can be used to investigate disk I/O performance issues.
This tool currently works by dynamic tracing of the blk_account*() kernel functions, which will need updating to match any changes to these functions in future kernels versions.
Since this uses BPF, only the root user can use this tool.
CONFIG_BPF and bpftrace.
- Trace block I/O events, printing per-line summaries:
- # biosnoop.bt
- Time of the I/O completion, in milliseconds since program start.
- Issuing process name. This often identifies the issuing application process, but I/O may be initiated from kernel threads only.
- Issuing process ID. This often identifies the issuing application process, but I/O may be initiated from kernel threads only.
- Process name and arguments (16 word maximum).
Since block device I/O usually has a relatively low frequency (< 10,000/s), the overhead for this tool is expected to be negligible. For high IOPS storage systems, test and quantify before use.
This is from bpftrace.
Also look in the bpftrace distribution for a companion _examples.txt file containing example usage, output, and commentary for this tool.
This is a bpftrace version of the bcc tool of the same name. The bcc tool provides more fields.
Unstable - in development.