[lttng-dev] Announcing sysdig: a new take on system instrumentation

Loris Degioanni loris at degio.org
Thu Apr 3 13:33:13 EDT 2014

I’d like to announce sysdig, a new open source project that I believe 
could be interesting to the LTTng community. Sysdig is designed to offer 
a novel, Wireshark-like approach to system tracing.


Sysdig is similar to lttng from the instrumentation point of view, but 
is like a mix between tcpdump, strace and lsof. It adds a set of layers 
on top of traditional kernel-level instrumentation to reconstruct state, 
decode and filter information.

It comes packed with a set of pretty cool features: the ability to 
create system trace files in the wireshark-compatible pcap-ng format, an 
easy to use filtering language, scripting in Lua, and a libpcap-like 
capture library that can be used to build new tools on top of the 
capture infrastructure.

I’d love to hear what you all think. And, if you do enjoy using sysdig, 
we could really use your help spreading the word.


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