Opensource Linux Tools for debugging and performance measurements

Opensource Linux Tools for debugging and performance measurements

Kernel Debugging


1) printks – dmesg

2) proc file system

3) gdb



4) kgdb


Kernel Tracing


1) Function trace


2) System Tap





1) GDB –

2) System call tracer – “strace”

3) ltrace – A tool to trace library calls used by a program and all the signals it receives


Power Management


1) powertop –

PowerTOP is a Linux tool that helps you find those programs that are misbehaving while your computer is idle.


Memory leak & memory checking


1) Memory allocation checker –

2) Detect Unintended Memory Access

3) Valgrind –

4) smem memory reporting tool

5) kpagemap – Can show details about every allocated and virtual page on the system.

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1) Splint –

Splint is a tool for statically checking C programs for security vulnerabilities and coding mistakes. With minimal effort, Splint can be used as a better lint. If additional effort is invested adding annotations to programs, Splint can perform stronger checking than can be done by any standard lint.




1) Oprofile –

OProfile is a system-wide profiler for Linux systems, capable of profiling all

running code at low overhead.


Frontend tools and IDE’s


1) Data Display Debugger –

graphical front-end for command-line debuggers such as GDB, DBX,

WDB, Ladebug, JDB, XDB, the Perl debugger, the bash debugger bashdb,

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the GNU Make debugger remake, or the Python debugger pydb.


2) Alleyoop –

This is a graphical front-end for valgrind.


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