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       iowatcher - Create visualizations from blktrace results


       iowatcher [options] [--] [program arguments ...]


       iowatcher  graphs  the  results of a blktrace run.  It can graph the result of an existing
       blktrace, start a new blktrace, or start a new blktrace and a benchmark run.  It can  then
       create  an  image or movie of the IO from a given trace.  iowatcher can produce either SVG
       files or movies in mp4 format (with ffmpeg) or ogg format (with png2theora).


       --help Print a brief usage summary.

       -d, --device device
              Controls which device you are tracing.  You can only trace one device at a time for
              now.   It  is  sent directly to blktrace, and only needed when you are making a new

       -D, --blktrace-destination destination
              Destination for blktrace.

       -p, --prog
              Run a program while blktrace  is  run.  The  program  and  its  arguments  must  be
              specified  after  all other options.  Note that this option previously required the
              program to be given as a single argument but it now tells iowatcher to expect extra
              arguments which it should be run during the trace.

       --     End  option  parsing. If --prog is specified, everything after -- is the program to
              be run. This can be useful if the program name could otherwise be mistaken  for  an

       -K, --keep-movie-svgs
              Keep the SVG files generated for movie mode.

       -t, --trace path
              Specify  the  name  of  the  file or directory in which blktrace output is located.
              iowatcher uses a dump from blkparse, so this option tries to guess the name of  the
              corresponding  per-CPU  blktrace data files if the dump file doesn't already exist.
              To add multiple traces to a given graph, you can specify --trace  more  than  once.
              If  path  is  a directory, iowatcher will use the name of the directory as the base
              name of the dump file and all trace  files  found  inside  the  directory  will  be

       -l, --label label
              Sets a label in the graph for a trace file.  The labels are added in the same order
              as the trace files.

       -m, --movie [style]
              Create a movie.  The file format depends on the  extension  used  in  the  -o  file
              option.   If  you  specify an .ogv or .ogg extension, the result will be Ogg Theora
              video, if png2theora is available.  If you use an .mp4 extension, the  result  will
              be  an  mp4 video if ffmpeg is available.  You can use any other extension, but the
              end result will be an mp4.  The accepted style values are spindle  for  a  circular
              disc-like effect (default) or rect for a rectangular graph style.

       -T, --title title
              Set a title to be placed at the top of the graph.

       -o, --output file
              Output  filename  for  the SVG image or video. The video format used will depend on
              the file name extension. See --movie for details.

       -r, --rolling seconds
              Control the duration for the rolling average.  iowatcher tries to smooth out  bumpy
              graphs  by averaging the current second with seconds from the past.  Larger numbers
              here give you flatter graphs.

       -h, --height height
              Set the height of each graph

       -w, --width width
              Set the width of each graph

       -c, --columns columns
              Number of columns in graph output

       -x, --xzoom min:max
              Limit processed time range to min:max.

       -y, --yzoom min:max
              Limit processed sectors to min:max.

       -a, --io-plot-action action
              Plot action (one of Q, D, or C) in the IO graph.

       -P, --per-process-io
              Distinguish between processes in the IO graph.

       -O, --only-graph graph
              Add a single graph to the output (see section GRAPHS for options).  By default  all
              graphs  are  included. Use -O to generate only the required graphs.  -O may be used
              more than once.

       -N, --no-graph type
              Remove a single graph from the output  (see  section  GRAPHS  for  options).   This
              option may be used more than once.


       Values accepted by the -O and -N options are:

          io, tput, latency, queue_depth, iops, cpu-sys, cpu-io, cpu-irq, cpu-user, cpu-soft


       Generate graph from the existing trace.dump:

              # iowatcher -t trace

       Skip the IO graph:

              # iowatcher -t trace.dump -o trace.svg -N io

       Only graph tput and latency:

              # iowatcher -t trace.dump -o trace.svg -O tput -O latency

       Generate a graph from two runs, and label them:

              # iowatcher -t ext4.dump -t xfs.dump -l Ext4 -l XFS -o trace.svg

       Run  a  fio  benchmark  and  store  the  trace  in trace.dump, add a title to the top, use
       /dev/sda for blktrace:

              # iowatcher -d /dev/sda -t trace.dump -T 'Fio Benchmark' -p fio some_job_file

       Make a movie from an existing trace:

              # iowatcher -t trace --movie -o trace.mp4


       iowatcher was created and is maintained by Chris Mason.

       This man page was largely written by Andrew Price based on Chris's original README.


       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of
       the GNU General Public License v2 as published by the Free Software Foundation.

       This  program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY;
       without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR  PURPOSE.
       See the GNU General Public License for more details.

       You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program;
       if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc.,  51  Franklin  Street,  Fifth  Floor,
       Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA


       blktrace(8), blkparse(1), fio(1), mpstat(1)