Question on strace

Satish Kumar Tedla satish.tedla at
Wed Jun 25 13:59:04 UTC 2008

Hi Jan,

 Thanks a lot for your immediate reply.
 I am a beginner with these commands, so have a few more qtns.

What is systemtap? Do I have to install this separately?

>> # stap /tmp/kill.stp 
>> ...
Is the stap an alias you are using for systemtap?
What exactly did you mean by START? Start my process that I was referring to?

 >>bash (4599): kill (24688, sig 15) = 0
I was trying to kill my process using kill -TERM pid, what exactly are 
you referring to in kill?

My questions may be quite obvious for you, but as I said I am still 

Thanks for you patience,

Jan Kratochvil wrote:
> Hi Satish,
> On Wed, 25 Jun 2008 14:48:51 +0200, Satish Kumar Tedla wrote:
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>> I have an issue where my process is getting killed due to a SIGTERM issued by
>> an unknown process.  Is there a way to trace the process which is sending
>> SIGTERM to my process?
> You cannot use strace globally on all the processes - I would use systemtap for
> this purpose.  Attached a script for it - it traces all the kill(2)s on the
> system.  There may be some better one supplied in the systemtap examples.
> # stap /tmp/kill.stp 
> ...
> bash (4599): kill (24688, sig 15) = 0
> Regards,
> Jan

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