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Why Linux people still lust after DTrace

by on Jun.04, 2009, under Storage

Two Years Later: Why Linux people still lust after DTrace

Bill Pearson from the Intel Software Network posted a declaration of a party on the occasion of the 2000th blog post on ISN.

One of the highlights he listed was the conversation which was engendered by a post I did about two years ago called "Why Linux people lust after DTrace." My intent was simply to write up the notes from a talk I had attended by Bryan Cantrill from Sun about DTrace, and some random musings based on my own shaggy dog history in the industry.

Frankly, I wasn&apost prepared for the resulting thunderstorm of comments on my blog, as well as the comments which popped up on other blogs which referenced my post. Suddenly I had a steady stream of comments and post views on a topic that, well to be honest, I wasn&apost prepared to address. Heck, it was just a random post, why was there so much response?

And better yet, how could I replicate this outpouring of passion?

Since I posted this, I have learned a lot more about DTrace. The community has extended DTrace probes into MySQL, JavaScript and Python, to name a few. Intel extended DTrace to support an OpenSolaris version of PowerTop. (And I believe there are other DTrace-based tools which are forthcoming). I also learned more about similar options in Linux, and the pros and cons vs. DTrace.

Here&aposs a shout-out to Bill for mentioning my humble little post in his 2000th post party!

And, a little full-circle irony here: In the original post, I commented on how Oracle engineers in particular wished they had a version of DTrace for Linux. I guess with the coming acquisition of Sun by Oracle, they may be able to finally satisfy their lust for DTrace!


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