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uobjnew(8) System Manager's Manual uobjnew(8)


uobjnew, cobjnew, javaobjnew, rubyobjnew, tclobjnew - Summarize object allocations in high-level languages.


cobjnew [-h] [-C TOP_COUNT] [-S TOP_SIZE] [-v] pid [interval]
javaobjnew [-h] [-C TOP_COUNT] [-S TOP_SIZE] [-v] pid [interval]
rubyobjnew [-h] [-C TOP_COUNT] [-S TOP_SIZE] [-v] pid [interval]
tclobjnew [-h] [-C TOP_COUNT] [-S TOP_SIZE] [-v] pid [interval]
uobjnew [-h] [-C TOP_COUNT] [-S TOP_SIZE] [-v] [-l {c,java,ruby,tcl}] pid [interval]


uobjnew traces object allocations in high-level languages (including "malloc") and prints summaries of the most frequently allocated types by number of objects or number of bytes.

This tool relies on USDT probes embedded in many high-level languages, such as C, Java, Ruby, and Tcl. It requires a runtime instrumented with these probes, which in some cases requires building from source with a USDT-specific flag, such as "--enable-dtrace" or "--with-dtrace". For Java, the Java process must be started with the "-XX:+ExtendedDTraceProbes" flag.

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


CONFIG_BPF and bcc.


Print the top object types sorted by number of instances.
Print the top object types sorted by size.
Print the resulting BPF program, for debugging purposes.
The language to trace.
The process id to trace.
Wait this many seconds and then print the summary and exit. By default, wait for Ctrl+C to exit.


# uobjnew ruby 148
# uobjnew -S 10 c 1788


The object type being allocated. For C (malloc), this is the block size.
The number of objects allocated.
The number of bytes allocated.


Object allocation events are quite frequent, and therefore the overhead from running this tool can be considerable. Use with caution and make sure to test before using in a production environment. Nonetheless, even thousands of allocations per second will likely produce a reasonable overhead when investigating a problem.


This is from bcc.

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




Unstable - in development.


Sasha Goldshtein


ustat(8), ugc(8), memleak(8)

2018-10-09 USER COMMANDS