blkparse command examples

blkparse command examples

blkparse – produce formatted output of event streams of block devices

To trace the i/o on the device /dev/hda and parse the output to human readable form, use the following command:

% blktrace -d /dev/sda -o - | blkparse -i -

This same behaviour can be achieve with the convenience script btrace.

The command

% btrace /dev/sda

has exactly the same effect as the previous command.

To trace the i/o on a device and save the output for later processing with blkparse, use blktrace like this:

% blktrace /dev/sda /dev/sdb

This will trace i/o on the devices /dev/sda and /dev/sdb and save the recorded information in the files sda and sdb in the current directory, for the two different devices, respectively. This trace information can later be parsed by the blkparse utility:

% blkparse sda sdb

which will output the previously recorded tracing information in human readable form to stdout.


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