RELEASE: DTrace for Linux 2.0.0-1.7

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We are happy to announce the availability of the latest development version of
DTrace for Linux (2.0.0-1.7).

This new version is based on BPF and other Linux kernel tracing features and
is implemented entirely as a userspace application.

The functionality is still limited in comparison to the kernel module based
version of DTrace for Linux (currently at version 1.2.1-1).  Development
continues in an incremental fashion to make the full feature set of DTrace
available using existing kernel features.


The new version of DTrace for Linux is available at:

The most recent release tag is 2.0.0-1.7.


  - BEGIN and END probe (with full support for the expected semantics).
  - ERROR probe support.
  - Function Boundary Tracing (FBT) probes.
  - System call entry and exit probes.
  - Timer-based profile-* and tick-* probes.
  - Statically Defined Tracing (SDT) probes for kernel tracepoints.
  - [NEW] Arguments for SDT probes can be retrieved with arg0-arg9.
  - pid provider support for userspace function boundary tracing.
  - Aggregated data collection support.
  - Aggregation functions: avg, count, llquantize, lquantize, max, min,
    quantize, stddev, and sum.
  - Aggregation actions: normalize() and denormalize().
  - Pretty-printing for aggregations using the printa() action.
  - Support for local and global variables with storage sizes greater
    than 8 bytes.  This adds struct and union support for local and global
  - Initial support for strings: string constants in D clauses, assignment,
    built-in variables, trace(), strlen().
  - [NEW] The strjoin() and substr() subroutines.
  - Various features to support stack tracing.
  - Direct compilation of D source code into BPF programs.
  - Efficient use of pre-compiled BPF functions for library functions.
  - [NEW] A bpflog option to request the BPF verifier log for loaded programs.
  - BPF program linking of dynamically generated code and pre-compiled code
    to facilitate code sharing and code re-use.
  - Improved integrated disassembler for generated BPF code at the
    clause and program level (-S in combination with the new -xdisasm=#\
  - Improved trace data buffer handling based on memory mapped perf event
  - Deferred creation of kernel level probes.  Listing available probes does
    not require them to be created at the kernel level.


DTrace for Linux depends on libctf (part of newer binutils) -or-
libdtrace-ctf.  While libctf is preferred, building against libdtrace-ctf is
fully supported.  It can be found at:

DTrace for Linux makes use of BPF library functions that are compiled at build
time.  It depends on BPF support in GCC and binutils to generate the
pre-compiled BPF function library.

DTrace for Linux makes use of 3 additional features that are not commonly
available in the Linux kernel:

  - CTF data generation at compile time: this provides important datatype
    information for kernel and kernel module symbols.

  - waitfd() system call: this provides a mechanism to monitor for state
    changes of processes that are being traced.

  - /proc/kallsyms module grouping support: this adds annotation with module
    names to all symbols that are part of a kernel module even if the module
    is configured to be compiled into the kernel proper.  This allows for
    consistent ways to refer to probes by module and function (or probe) name.

These additional support features for tracing are available at:

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