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dbslower - Trace MySQL/PostgreSQL server queries slower than a threshold.


dbslower [-v] [-p PID [PID ...]] [-x PATH] [-m THRESHOLD] {mysql,postgres}


This traces queries served by a MySQL or PostgreSQL server, and prints those that exceed a latency (query time) threshold. By default a threshold of 1 ms is used.

This uses User Statically-Defined Tracing (USDT) probes, a feature added to MySQL and PostgreSQL for DTrace support, but which may not be enabled on a given installation. See requirements. Alternatively, MySQL queries can be traced without the USDT support using the -x option.

Since this uses BPF, only the root user can use this tool.


CONFIG_BPF, bcc, and MySQL server with USDT probe support (when configuring the build: -DENABLE_DTRACE=1) or PostgreSQL server with USDT probe support (when configuring the build: --enable-dtrace).


-h Print usage message.

Trace this PID. If no PID is specified, the tool will attempt to automatically detect the MySQL or PostgreSQL processes running on the system.
Path to MySQL binary. This option allow to MySQL queries even when USDT probes aren't enabled on the MySQL server.
Minimum query latency (duration) to trace, in milliseconds. Default is 1 ms.
The database engine to trace.


# dbslower mysql
# dbslower postgres -p 408 -m 10


Time of query start, in seconds.
Process ID of the traced server.
Milliseconds for the query, from start to end.
Query string, truncated to 256 characters.


This adds low-overhead instrumentation to queries, and only emits output data from kernel to user-level if they query exceeds the threshold. If the server query rate is less than 1,000/sec, the overhead is expected to be negligible. If the query rate is higher, test to gauge overhead.


This is from bcc.

Also look in the bcc distribution for a companion _examples.txt file containing example usage, output, and commentary for this tool.




Unstable - in development.


Sasha Goldshtein, Brendan Gregg


biosnoop(8), mysqld_qslower(8), dbstat(8)

2017-02-15 USER COMMANDS