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OPCONTROL(1)									     OPCONTROL(1)

       opcontrol - control OProfile profiling

       opcontrol [ options ]

       opcontrol  can be used to start profiling, end a profiling session, dump profile data, and
       set up the profiling parameters.

       --help / -?
	      Show help message.

       --version / -v
	      Show version.

       --list-events / -l
	      Shows the monitorable events.

       --init Load the OProfile module if required and make the OProfile driver interface  avail-

	      Followed	by  list options for profiling setup. Store setup in ~root/.oprofile/dae-
	      monrc. Optional.

	      Show configuration information.

	      Start the oprofile daemon without starting profiling.

       --start / -s
	      Start data collection with either arguments provided by --setup or with information
	      saved in ~root/.oprofile/daemonrc.

       --dump / -d
	      Force a flush of the collected profiling data to the daemon.

       --stop / -t
	      Stop data collection.

       --shutdown / -h
	      Stop data collection and kill the daemon.

	      Clear out data from current session, but leaves saved sessions.

	      Save data from current session to sessionname.

	      Shut down daemon. Unload the oprofile module and oprofilefs.

	      Use  sample  database  out  of  directory  dir_path instead of the default location

	      Set kernel buffer to num samples. The buffer watershed needs  to	be  tweaked  when
	      changing	this  value.   Rules:  A non-zero value goes into effect after a '--shut-
	      down/start' sequence.  A value of zero sets this parameter back to  default  value,
	      but does not go into effect until after '--deinit/init' sequence.

	      Set  kernel  buffer  watershed  to num samples. When buffer-size - buffer-watershed
	      free entries remain in the kernel buffer, data will be flushed to the daemon.  Most
	      useful  values  are in the range [0.25 - 0.5] * buffer-size.  Same rules as defined
	      for buffer-size.

	      Set kernel per-cpu buffer to num samples. If you profile at high rate it	can  help
	      to  increase  this  if  the log file show excessive count of sample lost cpu buffer
	      overflow. Same rules as defined for buffer-size.

       --event / -e [event|"default"]
	      Specify an event to measure for the hardware performance counters, or "default" for
	      the  default  event.  The event is of the form "CPU_CLK_UNHALTED:30000:0:1:1" where
	      the numeric values are count, unit mask, kernel-space counting,  user-space  count-
	      ing,  respectively.  Note that this over-rides all previous events selected; if you
	      want to profile with two or more events simultaneously, you must	specify  them  on
	      the  same  opcontrol  invocation.  You  can specify unit mask values using either a
	      numerical value (hex values must begin with  "0x")  or  a  symbolic  name  (if  the
	      name=<um_name> field is shown in the ophelp output). For some named unit masks, the
	      hex value is not unique; thus, OProfile tools enforce specifying	such  unit  masks
	      value by name.

       --separate / -p [none,lib,kernel,thread,cpu,all]
	      Separate	samples  based on the given separator. 'lib' separates dynamically linked
	      library samples per application. 'kernel' separates kernel and kernel  module  sam-
	      ples  per  application;  'kernel'  implies 'library'. 'thread' gives separation for
	      each thread and task.  'cpu' separates for each CPU. 'all' implies all of the above
	      options and 'none' turns off separation.

       --callgraph / -c [#depth]
	      Enable callgraph sample collection with a maximum depth. Use 0 to disable callgraph
	      profiling. This option is available on x86 using a 2.6+ kernel with callgraph  sup-
	      port enabled.  It is also available on PowerPC using a 2.6.17+ kernel.

       --image / -i [name,name...|"all"]
	      Only  profile  the given absolute paths to binaries, or "all" to profile everything
	      (the default).

	      vmlinux kernel image.

	      Use this when you don't have a kernel vmlinux file, and you don't want  to  profile
	      the kernel.

       --verbose / -V [options]
	      Be verbose in the daemon log. This has a high overhead.

	      Set kernel range vma address in hexadecimal.

OPTIONS (specific to Xen)
	      Xen image

	      List  of domain ids participating in a multi-domain profiling session.  Each of the
	      specified domains must run an instance of oprofile. The sequence of opcontrol  com-
	      mands  in  each domain must follow a given order which is specified in the oprofile
	      user manual. If more than one domain is specified in <list> they	should	be  sepa-
	      rated  using  commas.  This  option  can only be used in domain 0 which is the only
	      domain that can coordinate a multi-domain profiling session. Including domain 0  in
	      the  list of active domains is optional. (e.g. --active-domains=2,5,6 and --active-
	      domains=0,2,5,6 are equivalent).	This option can only be specified if --start-dae-
	      mon is also specified and it is only valid for the current run of the oprofile dae-
	      mon; e.g. the list of active domains is not persistent.

	      List of domain ids to  be  profiled,  separated  by  commas.   As  opposed  to  the
	      --active-domains	option, the domains specified with this option do not need to run
	      oprofile. This makes profiling multiple domains easier. However, with the  passive-
	      domains option, samples in user level processes and kernel modules cannot be mapped
	      to specific symbols and are aggregated under a generic class. Both --active-domains
	      and  --passive-domains  options  can be specified in the same command, but the same
	      domain cannot be specified in both options. This option can only	be  specified  if
	      either  --start  or  --start-daemon is specified on the same command and it is only
	      valid for the current run of the oprofile daemon; e.g. the list of passive  domains
	      is not persistent.

	      List  of	kernel	images	associated  with  the domains specified in the --passive-
	      domains option, also separated by commas. The association between  the  images  and
	      domains is based on the order they are specified in both options.

OPTIONS (specific to System z)
	      Number  of  2MB  areas used per CPU for storing sample data.  The best size for the
	      sample memory depends on the particular system and the  workload	to  be	measured.
	      Providing the sampler with too little memory results in lost samples. Reserving too
	      much system memory for the sampler impacts the overall performance and, hence, also
	      the workload to be measured.

       No special environment variables are recognised by opcontrol.

	      Configuration file for opcontrol

	      The location of the generated sample files.

       This man page is current for oprofile-0.9.9.

       /usr/share/doc/oprofile/, oprofile(1)

4th Berkeley Distribution		 Tue 10 June 2014			     OPCONTROL(1)
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