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authorEdward Shishkin <>2010-04-20 15:41:14 +0200
committerJens Axboe <>2010-04-20 15:41:14 +0200
commitfb7f86674a516ddff0d60bfab3bd284a4812075f (patch)
parenta8d834fbba5310cfc745aeff463e65ae200eaa8b (diff)
blktrace: disable kill option - take 2
Fixup for 513950. Problem: 'blktrace -d <device> -k' does not kill a running backgound trace. Executing 'blktrace -d <device> -k' for the second time results in "BLKTRACETEARDOWN: Invalid argument" message and then each run of blktrace on that machine prints the following output: BLKTRACESETUP: No such file or directory. The bug: The option -k results in clobbering information about running trace by kernel (blk_trace_remove), while resources (files open in debugfs by the running background blktrace) are not released. Solution: Update documentation: Undocument the non-working "kill" option. Advise to send SIGINT signall via kill(1) to the running background blktrace for its correct termination. Signed-off-by: Edward Shishkin <> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <>
2 files changed, 4 insertions, 21 deletions
diff --git a/blktrace.c b/blktrace.c
index 660ad7a..b9f9b68 100644
--- a/blktrace.c
+++ b/blktrace.c
@@ -442,7 +442,6 @@ static char usage_str[] = \
"\t-r Path to mounted debugfs, defaults to /sys/kernel/debug\n" \
"\t-o File(s) to send output to\n" \
"\t-D Directory to prepend to output file names\n" \
- "\t-k Kill a running trace\n" \
"\t-w Stop after defined time, in seconds\n" \
"\t-a Only trace specified actions. See documentation\n" \
"\t-A Give trace mask as a single value. See documentation\n" \
diff --git a/doc/blktrace.8 b/doc/blktrace.8
index 58e8f90..ab6a3f3 100644
--- a/doc/blktrace.8
+++ b/doc/blktrace.8
@@ -66,19 +66,10 @@ blktrace may also be run concurrently with blkparse to produce
.TP 2
The default behaviour for blktrace is to run forever until explicitly
-killed by the user (via a control-C, or kill utility invocation).
-There are two ways to modify this:
-.TP 5
- 1.
-You may utilise the blktrace utility itself to kill
-a running trace -- via the \fB\-k\fR option.
-.TP 5
- 2.
-You can specify a run-time duration for blktrace via the
-\fB\-w\fR option -- then blktrace will run for the specified number
-of seconds, and then halt.
+killed by the user (via a control-C, or sending SIGINT signal to the
+process via invocation the kill (1) utility). Also you can specify a
+run-time duration for blktrace via the \fB\-w\fR option -- then
+blktrace will run for the specified number of seconds, and then halt.
@@ -119,13 +110,6 @@ Adds \fIdev\fR as a device to trace
Adds the devices found in \fIfile\fR as devices to trace
-Kill on-going trace
\-n \fInum\-sub\fR