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lttng-set-session - Man Page

Set the current LTTng recording session


lttng [GENERAL OPTIONS] set-session SESSION


The lttng set-session command sets the current recording session of your Unix user to the recording session named SESSION.

See lttng-concepts(7) to learn more about the current recording session.

The set-session command effectively updates the $LTTNG_HOME/.lttngrc file.

List the recording sessions of your Unix user, or of all users if your Unix user is root, within the connected session daemon with the lttng-list(1) command.


See lttng(1) for GENERAL OPTIONS.

Program information

-h,  --help

Show help.

This option attempts to launch /usr/bin/man to view this manual page. Override the manual pager path with the LTTNG_MAN_BIN_PATH environment variable.


List available command options and quit.

Exit Status




Command error


Undefined command


Fatal error


Command warning (something went wrong during the command)



Set to 1 to abort the process after the first error is encountered.


Path to the LTTng home directory.

Defaults to $HOME.

Useful when the Unix user running the commands has a non-writable home directory.


Absolute path to the manual pager to use to read the LTTng command-line help (with lttng-help(1) or with the --help option) instead of /usr/bin/man.


Path to the directory containing the session.xsd recording session configuration XML schema.


Absolute path to the LTTng session daemon binary (see lttng-sessiond(8)) to spawn from the lttng-create(1) command.

The --sessiond-path general option overrides this environment variable.



Unix user’s LTTng runtime configuration.

This is where LTTng stores the name of the Unix user’s current recording session between executions of lttng(1). lttng-create(1) and lttng-set-session(1) set the current recording session.


Default output directory of LTTng traces in local and snapshot modes.

Override this path with the --output option of the lttng-create(1) command.


Unix user’s LTTng runtime and configuration directory.


Default directory containing the Unix user’s saved recording session configurations (see lttng-save(1) and lttng-load(1)).


Directory containing the system-wide saved recording session configurations (see lttng-save(1) and lttng-load(1)).


$LTTNG_HOME defaults to the value of the HOME environment variable.



Special thanks to Michel Dagenais and the DORSAL laboratory <http://www.dorsal.polymtl.ca/> at École Polytechnique de Montréal for the LTTng journey.

Also thanks to the Ericsson teams working on tracing which helped us greatly with detailed bug reports and unusual test cases.

See Also

lttng(1), lttng-create(1), lttng-concepts(7)

Referenced By

lttng(1), lttng-add-context(1), lttng-add-trigger(1), lttng-clear(1), lttng-concepts(7), lttng-create(1), lttng-destroy(1), lttng-disable-channel(1), lttng-disable-event(1), lttng-disable-rotation(1), lttng-enable-channel(1), lttng-enable-event(1), lttng-enable-rotation(1), lttng-help(1), lttng-list(1), lttng-list-triggers(1), lttng-load(1), lttng-metadata(1), lttng-regenerate(1), lttng-remove-trigger(1), lttng-rotate(1), lttng-save(1), lttng-snapshot(1), lttng-start(1), lttng-status(1), lttng-stop(1), lttng-track(1), lttng-untrack(1), lttng-version(1), lttng-view(1).

14 June 2021 LTTng 2.13.13 LTTng Manual