Detailed Explanation of Strace Command for Linux Application Debugging


1. Introduction to strace

Strace is often used to track system calls and signals received during process execution. Through strace, you can know which files the application has opened and what it has read and written, including the time consumed and the return value. In the Linux world, processes cannot directly access hardware devices. When processes need to access hardware devices (such as reading disk files, receiving network data, etc.), they must switch from user mode to kernel mode and access hardware devices through system calls. Strace can track system calls generated by a process, including parameters, return values, and execution time.

2. Install strace command

First, you need the following two files:


The steps are as follows:

#tar -xjf strace-4.5.15.tar.bz2
#cd strace-4.5.15/
#patch -p1 <../strace-fix-arm-bad-syscall.patch
// The "p1" value removes the first path of the patch "<" refers to the location of the patch file, and ". /" refers to returning to the previous directory.
#. / configure -- host = ARM-Linux CC = arm-linux-gcc // configure
# Make // Generate strace command file

Then put the strace command file in the root directory / bin of our development board, and you can use it.

# CP strace/nfs_root/bin///nfs_root: the NFS system root directory of development board

3. Strace command uses

Common parameters are as follows:

– o) Specify the output file for tracking information
– t) Time to record tracking information in S
– tt) Time to record tracking information in uS

4. Examples

Testing led_text application through strace

# insmod led.ko//load LED driver
# strace -o log.txt ./led_text led1 on      
     // Test the led_text application, open led1, and export trace information to log.txt

The contents of log.txt are as follows:



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