lttng-gen-tp man page

lttng-gen-tp — Generate LTTng-UST tracepoint provider code


lttng-gen-tp [--verbose] [--output=FILE.c]
             [--output=FILE.h] [--output=FILE.o] TEMPLATE


The lttng-gen-tp tool simplifies the generation of LTTng-UST tracepoint provider files. It takes a simple template file, TEMPLATE, and generates the necessary C code to use the defined tracepoints in your application. See the Template file format section below for more information about the format of TEMPLATE.

Currently, lttng-gen-tp can generate the .h, .c, and .o files associated with your tracepoint provider. The generated .h file can be included directly in your application. You can let lttng-gen-tp generate the .o file or compile the .c file yourself. See lttng-ust(3) for more information about compiling LTTng-UST tracepoint providers.

By default, lttng-gen-tp generates the .h, .c, and .o files, their basename being the basename of TEMPLATE. You can generate one or more specific file types with the --output option, repeated if needed.

Template file format

The template file, which usually has the .tp extension, contains a list of TRACEPOINT_EVENT() definitions and other optional definition entries, like TRACEPOINT_LOGLEVEL(). See lttng-ust(3) for the complete list of available definitions.

The TRACEPOINT_EVENT() definitions are written as you would write them in an LTTng-UST template provider header file. C comments are supported (/* */ and //), as well as lines starting with #.


The provider name (the first argument of TRACEPOINT_EVENT()) must be the same in all the TRACEPOINT_EVENT() macros of TEMPLATE.

Here’s an example:

    // Tracepoint provider name

    // Tracepoint/event name

    // Tracepoint arguments (input)
    TP_ARGS(char *, text),

    // Tracepoint/event fields (output)
        ctf_string(message, text)


-o, --output=FILE

Do not generate default files: generate FILE.

The extension of FILE determines what is generated, amongst .h, .c, and .o. This option can be used more than one time to generate different file types.

-v, --verbose

Increase verbosity.

-h, --help

Show command help.

Environment Variables


C compiler to use. Default: cc, then gcc if cc is not found. This option is only relevant when generating the .o file.


Flags and options passed directly to the compiler ($CC). This option is only relevant when generating the .o file.

Exit Status






If you encounter any issue or usability problem, please report it on the LTTng bug tracker <>.



lttng-gen-tp is part of the LTTng-UST project.

lttng-gen-tp is distributed under the GNU General Public License, version 2 <>. See the COPYING <> file for more details.


lttng-gen-tp was originally written by Yannick Brosseau <>. It is currently maintained by Mathieu Desnoyers <>.

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Referenced By


11/29/2016 LTTng 2.9.0- LTTng Manual