tep_find_event - Man Page

Find events by given key.


#include <event-parse.h>

struct tep_event *tep_find_event(struct tep_handle *tep, int id);
struct tep_event *tep_find_event_by_name(struct tep_handle *tep, const char *sys, const char *name);
struct tep_event *tep_find_event_by_record(struct tep_handle *tep, struct tep_record *record);


This set of functions can be used to search for an event, based on a given criteria. All functions require a pointer to a tep, trace event parser context.

The tep_find_event() function searches for an event by given event id. The event ID is assigned dynamically and can be viewed in event’s format file, "ID" field.

The tep_find_event_by_name()_ function searches for an event by given event name, under the system sys. If the sys is NULL (not specified), the first event with name is returned.

The tep_find_event_by_record()_ function searches for an event from a given record.

Return Value

All these functions return a pointer to the found event, or NULL if there is no such event.


#include <event-parse.h>
struct tep_handle *tep = tep_alloc();
struct tep_event *event;

event = tep_find_event(tep, 1857);
if (event == NULL) {
        /* There is no event with ID 1857 */

event = tep_find_event_by_name(tep, "kvm", "kvm_exit");
if (event == NULL) {
        /* There is no kvm_exit event, from kvm system */

void event_from_record(struct tep_record *record)
 struct tep_event *event = tep_find_event_by_record(tep, record);
        if (event == NULL) {
                /* There is no event from given record */


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        Linker switch to add when building a program that uses the library.

See Also

libtraceevent(3), trace-cmd(1)


Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org[1]>, author of libtraceevent.
Tzvetomir Stoyanov <tz.stoyanov@gmail.com[2]>, author of this man page.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to <linux-trace-devel@vger.kernel.org[3]>


libtraceevent is Free Software licensed under the GNU LGPL 2.1




  1. rostedt@goodmis.org
  2. tz.stoyanov@gmail.com
  3. linux-trace-devel@vger.kernel.org

Referenced By

The man pages tep_find_event_by_name(3) and tep_find_event_by_record(3) are aliases of tep_find_event(3).

02/08/2021 libtraceevent 1.1.1 libtraceevent Manual