Updated: 2021/Apr/14

KGMON(8)                    System Manager's Manual                   KGMON(8)

     kgmon - generate a dump of the operating system's profile buffers

     kgmon [-bdhpr] [-M core] [-N system]

     kgmon is a tool used when profiling the operating system.  When no
     arguments are supplied, kgmon indicates the state of operating system
     profiling as running, off, or not configured (see config(1)).  If the -p
     flag is specified, kgmon extracts profile data from the operating system
     and produces a gmon.out file suitable for later analysis by gprof(1).

     The options are as follows:

     -b      Resume the collection of profile data.

     -d      Enable debug output.

     -h      Stop the collection of profile data.

     -M core
             Extract values associated with the name list from the specified
             core instead of the default /dev/kmem.

     -N system
             Extract the name list from the specified system instead of the
             default /netbsd.

     -p      Dump the contents of the profile buffers into a gmon.out file.

     -r      Reset all the profile buffers.  If the -p flag is also specified,
             the gmon.out file is generated before the buffers are reset.

     If neither -b nor -h is specified, the state of profiling collection
     remains unchanged.  For example, if the -p flag is specified and profile
     data is being collected, profiling will be momentarily suspended, the
     operating system profile buffers will be dumped, and profiling will be
     immediately resumed.

     /netbsd     the default system
     /dev/kmem   the default memory

     Users with only read permission on /dev/kmem cannot change the state of
     profiling collection.  They can get a gmon.out file with the warning that
     the data may be inconsistent if profiling is in progress.

     config(1), gprof(1)

     The kgmon command appeared in 4.2BSD.

NetBSD 9.99                      June 6, 1993                      NetBSD 9.99