strace-account

DTrace looks nice, but it is not as-if the means to do what it does
haven’t been along for a long time.

My humble contribution: strace-account.
To use…

strace -o ~/ttt top
# q when you get tired
strace-account ~/ttt | less

from which we learn:

Cumulative Syscall Times.
------------------------

Syscall  Count  Time(s)
-----------------------
select       8    19.42
read      3939     0.06
open      3165     0.04
close     3172     0.03
alarm     2142     0.02
stat      1565     0.02
fcntl     1523     0.01
(other)    336     0.01

Repetitive File Name Usage.
--------------------------

This is a list of files that are accessed, one way or another, at least
twice.  Note, that current directory is not being tracked.

Count  Filename                   
----------------------------------
   14  /var/run/utmp
    8  /proc
    8  /proc/1
    8  /proc/1/stat
    8  /proc/1/statm
...
    2  /proc/meminfo
    2  /proc/stat
    2  /usr/share/terminfo/x/xterm

Small-Chunk File Input/Output.
-----------------------------

This is a list of files that are accessed in small chunks.  "Badness" is a
heuristic measure of this.  The list is truncated at badness 2.00.  A file
can appear more than once if it is opened more than once.

Badness  Bytes  I/Os  File                       
-------------------------------------------------
  12.75  38784   102  /var/run/utmp
  12.75  38784   102  /var/run/utmp
  12.75  38784   102  /var/run/utmp
  12.75  38784   102  /var/run/utmp
  12.75  38784   102  /var/run/utmp
  12.75  38784   102  /var/run/utmp
  12.75  38784   102  /var/run/utmp
   2.67   2122     8  /usr/share/terminfo/x/xterm
   2.26  40878    23  (stdout)
...

My interpretation of this version of top’s output is that it is
opening way too many files way too many times. why is it also
calling stat(2), alarm(2), and fcntl(2) so often? [So it can connect
to /var/run/nscd/socket in non-blocking mode over and over again, if
you must know.] It also likes to read utmp many, many times in little
pieces.

(strace-account is a bit of a hack. An strace with an output format
more suited for machine reading would be nice. It might even have
appeared since whenever I wrote strace-account.)

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