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       lttng-create - Create an LTTng tracing session


       Local mode:

       lttng [GENERAL OPTIONS] create [SESSION] [--shm-path=PATH]
             [--no-output | --output=PATH | --set-url=file://PATH]

       Network streaming mode:

       lttng [GENERAL OPTIONS] create [SESSION] [--shm-path=PATH]
             (--set-url=URL | --ctrl-url=URL --data-url=URL)
       Snapshot mode:

       lttng [GENERAL OPTIONS] create [SESSION] --snapshot
             [--shm-path=PATH] [--set-url=URL | --ctrl-url=URL --data-url=URL]

       Live mode:

       lttng [GENERAL OPTIONS] create [SESSION] --live[=DELAYUS]
             [--shm-path=PATH] [--set-url=URL | --ctrl-url=URL --data-url=URL]


       The lttng create command creates a new tracing session.

       A tracing session is a named container of channels, which in turn contain event rules. It
       is domain-agnostic, in that channels and event rules can be enabled for the user space
       tracer and/or the Linux kernel tracer.

       On execution, an .lttngrc file is created, if it does not exist, in the user’s home
       directory. This file contains the name of the current tracing session. When creating a new
       tracing session with lttng create, the current tracing session is set to this new tracing
       session. The lttng-set-session(1) command can be used to set the current tracing session
       without manually editing the .lttngrc file.

       If SESSION is omitted, a session name is automatically created having this form: auto-
       YYYYmmdd-HHMMSS. SESSION must not contain the character /.

       The --shm-path option can be used to specify the path to the shared memory holding the
       ring buffers. Specifying a location on an NVRAM file system makes it possible to retrieve
       the latest recorded trace data when the system reboots after a crash. To view the events
       of ring buffer files after a system crash, use the lttng-crash(1) utility.

       Tracing sessions are destroyed using the lttng-destroy(1) command.

   Creation modes
       There are four tracing session modes:

       Local mode
           Traces the local system and writes the trace to the local file system. The --output
           option specifies the trace path. Using --set-url=file://PATH is the equivalent of
           using --output=PATH. The file system output can be disabled using the --no-output

           If none of the options mentioned above are used, then the trace is written locally in
           the $LTTNG_HOME/lttng-traces directory ($LTTNG_HOME defaults to $HOME).

       Network streaming mode
           Traces the local system and sends the trace over the network to a listening relay
           daemon (see lttng-relayd(8)). The --set-url, or --ctrl-url and --data-url options set
           the trace output destination (see the URL format section below).

       Snapshot mode
           Traces the local system without writing the trace to the local file system (implicit
           --no-output option). Channels are automatically configured to be snapshot-ready on
           creation (see lttng-enable-channel(1)). The lttng-snapshot(1) command is used to take
           snapshots of the current ring buffers. The --set-url, or --ctrl-url and --data-url
           options set the default snapshot output destination.

       Live mode
           Traces the local system, sending trace data to an LTTng relay daemon over the network
           (see lttng-relayd(8)). The --set-url, or --ctrl-url and --data-url options set the
           trace output destination. The live output URLs cannot use the file:// protocol (see
           the URL format section below).

   URL format
       The --set-url, --ctrl-url, and --data-url options' arguments are URLs.

       The format of those URLs is one of:


       The file:// protocol targets the local file system and can only be used as the --set-url
       option’s argument when the session is created in local or snapshot mode.

           Absolute path to trace files on the local file system.

       The other version is available when the session is created in network streaming, snapshot,
       or live mode.

           Network protocol, amongst:

               TCP over IPv4; the default values of CTRLPORT and DATAPORT are respectively 5342
               and 5343.

               TCP over IPv6: same default ports as the net protocol.

               Same as the net protocol; can only be used with the --ctrl-url and --data-url
               options together.

               Same as the net6 protocol; can only be used with the --ctrl-url and --data-url
               options together.

       (HOST | IPADDR)
           Hostname or IP address (IPv6 address must be enclosed in brackets ([ and ]); see RFC
           2732 <>).

           Control port.

           Data port.

           Path of trace files on the remote file system. This path is relative to the base
           output directory set on the relay daemon side; see lttng-relayd(8).


       General options are described in lttng(1).

   Mode selection
           Create the session in live mode.

           The optional DELAYUS parameter, given in microseconds, is the maximum time the user
           can wait for the data to be flushed. This mode can be set with a network URL (options
           --set-url, or --ctrl-url and --data-url) and must have a relay daemon listening (see

           By default, DELAYUS is 1000000 and the network URL is set to net://

           Create the session in snapshot mode. This is the equivalent of using the --no-output
           option and creating all the channels of this new tracing session in overwrite mode
           with an mmap output type.

           In local mode, do not output any trace data.

       -o PATH, --output=PATH
           In local mode, set trace output path to PATH.

           Create shared memory holding buffers at PATH.

       See the URL format section above for more information about the syntax of the following
       options' URL argument.

       -C URL, --ctrl-url=URL
           Set control path URL to URL (must use --data-url option also).

       -D URL, --data-url=URL
           Set data path URL to URL (must use --ctrl-url option also).

       -U URL, --set-url=URL
           Set URL destination of the trace data to URL. It is persistent for the session
           lifetime. This option sets both data (--data-url option) and control (--ctrl-url
           option) URLs at the same time.

           In local mode, URL must start with file:// followed by the destination path on the
           local file system.

   Program information
       -h, --help
           Show command help.

           This option, like lttng-help(1), attempts to launch /usr/bin/man to view the command’s
           man page. The path to the man pager can be overridden by the LTTNG_MAN_BIN_PATH
           environment variable.

           List available command options.


           Set to 1 to abort the process after the first error is encountered.

           Overrides the $HOME environment variable. Useful when the user running the commands
           has a non-writable home directory.

           Absolute path to the man pager to use for viewing help information about LTTng
           commands (using lttng-help(1) or lttng COMMAND --help).

           Path in which the session.xsd session configuration XML schema may be found.

           Full session daemon binary path.

           The --sessiond-path option has precedence over this environment variable.

       Note that the lttng-create(1) command can spawn an LTTng session daemon automatically if
       none is running. See lttng-sessiond(8) for the environment variables influencing the
       execution of the session daemon.


           User LTTng runtime configuration.

           This is where the per-user current tracing session is stored between executions of
           lttng(1). The current tracing session can be set with lttng-set-session(1). See lttng-
           create(1) for more information about tracing sessions.

           Default output directory of LTTng traces. This can be overridden with the --output
           option of the lttng-create(1) command.

           User LTTng runtime and configuration directory.

           Default location of saved user tracing sessions (see lttng-save(1) and lttng-load(1)).

           System-wide location of saved tracing sessions (see lttng-save(1) and lttng-load(1)).

           $LTTNG_HOME defaults to $HOME when not explicitly set.



           Command error

           Undefined command

           Fatal error

           Command warning (something went wrong during the command)


       If you encounter any issue or usability problem, please report it on the LTTng bug tracker


       ·   LTTng project website <>

       ·   LTTng documentation <>

       ·   Git repositories <>

       ·   GitHub organization <>

       ·   Continuous integration <>

       ·   Mailing list <> for support and development: lttng-

       ·   IRC channel <irc://>: #lttng on


       This program is part of the LTTng-tools project.

       LTTng-tools is distributed under the GNU General Public License version 2
       <>. See the LICENSE
       <> file for details.


       Special thanks to Michel Dagenais and the DORSAL laboratory
       <> at École Polytechnique de Montréal for the LTTng journey.

       Also thanks to the Ericsson teams working on tracing which helped us greatly with detailed
       bug reports and unusual test cases.


       LTTng-tools was originally written by Mathieu Desnoyers, Julien Desfossez, and David
       Goulet. More people have since contributed to it.

       LTTng-tools is currently maintained by Jérémie Galarneau


       lttng-destroy(1), lttng-set-session(1), lttng(1)