ITEM: G0973L

How to use trace to look for signals


I have an application running on my RISC System/6000 that users access
while logged in from PC's over the network. For some reason, the
application seems to be getting killed, and the users are being
logged off. Is there any way I can find out if the application
process is being sent some signal which kills it?


Try the following

   \< start the program that gets the error here if possible >
     \# pstat -a > /tmp/pstat.out
    \# /lib/ras/ras_smutil trace -a

   \< reproduce the signal error now. you want to do this as quickly as
     possible!! the longer it takes the harder it will be to resolve the
     problem >

    \# trcstop

   \< the following command should be all on one line >

    \# trcrpt -O'exec=y' -O'pid=y' -O'svc=y'
        -d'119 11A 11C 11D' > /tmp/trace.out

Now look at the /tmp/pstat.out and find the program you ran which 
receives the signal. You will need the hexadecimal number under the 
PID column for it. You can grep for this number in the /tmp/trace.out 
file to find out who sent the signal.


We want to start the program we expect to get the signal.

   \# sleep 10000 &
    [1] 19920

Now we need to get the hex PID of this process so we can look for it 

   \# pstat -a > /tmp/pstat.out

Now lets start the trace

   \# /lib/ras/ras_smutil trace -a

Reproduce the condition that causes the signal here. It is important 
that this be done quickly after the last command.

   \# kill -17 19920
   [1] + 19920 Stopped (signal)         sleep 10000 &

Stop the trace

   \# trcstop

Generate the trace output, filtering out all events except the 
signal-related events.

   \# trcrpt -O'exec=y' -O'pid=y' -O'svc=y' 
        -d'119 11A 11C 11D' > /tmp/trace.out

Find the hex PID for the original process

   \# grep sleep /tmp/pstat.out
    77 s     4dd0  40cf  4dd0     0     0    64     0 059e4cd8 sleep  

Look for this PID in the trace output.

   \# grep -i 4dd0 /tmp/trace.out
    119  ksh  16591  kill  9.733438080  11.185280  (cont. below)
         who sent it

      KERN_SENDSIGNAL hookdata 0000 00004DD0 00000011 (stuff deleted)
                                        \^\^\^\^     \^\^\^\^
                                   sleep's PID signal in hex (0x11 = 17)

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Dated: January 1994 Category: N/A
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