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spindump_agent(8)					    BSD System Manager's Manual 					 spindump_agent(8)

spindump_agent -- helper agent for spindump(8) SYNOPSIS
spindump_agent DESCRIPTION
spindump_agent should only be used by spindump(8) and should not be invoked manually SEE ALSO
spindump(8) Darwin February 23, 2011 Darwin

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spindump(8)						    BSD System Manager's Manual 					       spindump(8)

spindump -- Profile entire system during a time interval SYNOPSIS
spindump [pid | partial-name [duration [interval]]] [<options>] DESCRIPTION
spindump is used by various system components to create reports when an unresponsive application is force quit. Reports are stored at: /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/ For normal application force quits spindump will display a dialog to offer the choice to view more details and/or send a report to Apple. ------------------------------------- When run manually, spindump samples user and kernel stacks for every process in the system. Spindump supports two display formats for stacks, heavy and timeline, and includes a binary representation of its data at the end of reports for re-reporting with different options (see -i ). Spindump can also parse reports in timeline format even without a binary representation to re-report them in heavy format. When displayed in heavy format, stacks are sorted by count and each unique stack is displayed once. In this snippet: 84 __CFRunLoopRun + 1161 (CoreFoundation + 460665) [0x7fff8d662779] Address 0x7fff8d662779 was sampled 84 times in total, not necessarily consecutively. The address corresponds __CFRunLoopRun in CoreFounda- tion. When displayed in timeline format, samples are sorted so that the leaf frames in the sample tree are presented in chronological order. Each frame includes a time range of consecutive samples in which the frame was seen, which can be compared with the range of other frames to determine concurrency. If multiple samples of the same stack were not consecutive, the stack will be displayed multiple times. In this snip- pet: 23 __CFRunLoopRun + 1161 (CoreFoundation + 460665) [0x7fff8d662779] 50-72 Address 0x7fff8d662779 was sampled 23 times consecutively from the 50th to 72nd sample. In timeline format, spindump notes state changes for threads, e.g.: <darwinbg, timers coalesced> which indicates the change in state for the samples that follow. Any state not mentioned is unchanged from previous samples. The state infor- mation spindump reports includes thread QoS, darwinbg, importance inheritance boost, suppression for App Nap, latency QoS (timers), I/O throttling tier, and cpu priority. Leaf frames will indicate whether the thread was running/runnable or suspended. A leading star (*) indicates a kernel frame or library. ARGUMENTS
pid or partial-name the process to be sorted topmost in the report. "-notarget" may be used to avoid providing a target process when specify- ing a duration and interval. duration the duration of the sampling in seconds. If not specified, the default of 10 seconds is used. interval the number of miliseconds between samples. If not specified, the default of 10 miliseconds is used. -i path Read in the file located at path rather than sampling the live system. Supported file formats are: * Spindump text files containing a spindump binary format * Spindump text files without a spindump binaty format written in timeline mode (with limited options, and only stacks will be updated; summary information will not change) * Tailspin files * Concatenated kcdata stackshots * Concatenated microstackshots -o path Specifies where the report should be written. If path is a file, it will be overwritten. If path is a directory, a file will be cre- ated inside that directory with the name following the format <appname>_<pid>.spindump.txt. If a file by that name already exists, spindump will add a unique number to the filename. If not specified, spindump will output reports to files inside /tmp. -indexRange s-e Only include samples in the given range -startIndex s Omit frames before sample number s -endIndex e Omit frames after sample number e -heavy Sort stacks by count (default) -timeline Sort stacks chronologically -wait Wait for the process to exist before sampling. If the process already exists, spindump will begin sampling immediately. -onlyRunnable Only display runnable stacks -onlyBlocked Only display non-runnable stacks -onlyTarget Only sample the target process (allows faster sampling rates) -proc proc If -onlyTarget is provided, sample proc as well. This option may be specified multiple times -sampleWithoutTarget Keep sampling for the entire sampling duration even if the target process exits -timelimit t Exit after t seconds even if the report hasn't been saved -stdout Print the report to stdout (in addition to writing to a file) -noFile Do not output to a file. Implies -stdout and will include the binary format in the stdout output -noBinary Do not include the spindump binary format at the bottom of the report (the file will not be able to be re-parsed) -noText Do not include the textual report, only include the binary format -open appname Specifies an app in which to open the resulting report -reveal Reveal the resulting report in Finder -siginfo After sampling, wait for SIGINFO before generating the report -delayonsignal d Stop sampling d seconds after receiving a signal to stop sampling instead of stopping immediately -threadprioritythreshold t Filter out any threads that have a priority below the given threshold. Pass a negative number to filter out threads that have a priority above the given threshold's absolute value -nothrottle Do not throttle sampling rate on excessive memory growth -noProcessingWhileSampling Do not parse stackshots until done sampling -displayIdleWorkQueueThreads Display idle work queue threads in the textual report (by default they are omitted) -aggregateStacksByThread Group stacks by thread ID rather than by dispatch queue -aggregateStacksByProcess Each process gets one stack for all threads MICROSTACKSHOTS
Microstackshots are gathered by the kernel to provide extremely lightweight sampling of single threads at a time. They can be viewed in spin- dump via the microstackshot command line options: -microstackshots Report on interrupt microstackshots, which provide a sampling of where cpu time is spent. This is the default mode if -microstackshots_io is not provided -microstackshots_io Report on I/O microstackshots, which provide a sampling of where file backed memory is dirtied -microstackshots_datastore path When reporting microstackshots, read from this location rather than using the live system's microstackshots. When saving with -microstackshots_save, write to this location -microstackshots_save Save microstackshot from the live system to the path specified by -microstackshots_datastore instead of generating a textual report -microstackshots_starttime date Only report microstackshots after this time. The date can be a string like "11/14/12 12:00am" or a single number representing a unix timestamp in seconds -microstackshots_endtime date Only report microstackshots before this time. The date can be a string like "11/14/12 12:00am" or a single num- ber representing a unix timestamp in seconds -microstackshots_pid pid Only report microstackshots for the given process id -microstackshots_threadid thread_id Only report microstackshots for the given thread id -microstackshots_dsc_path path Path to a directory containing dyld shared cache layout files. If not specified, spindump uses the historical information for the current machine -batteryonly Only include microstackshots taken while the machine was running on battery power -aconly Only include microstackshots taken while the machine was running on AC power -useridleonly Only include microstackshots taken while the user was idle -useractiveonly Only include microstackshots taken while the user was active SEE ALSO
SubmitDiagInfo(8), sample(1) Darwin April 19, 2016 Darwin
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