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What are the standard and conventional ways of profiling the Linux kernel? I know there is perf tool but is there anything else?

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What more do you need? Typing your question title in google gives a lot of interesting reading already - what exactly are you looking for? – Mat Mar 17 '13 at 7:10

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I can suggest you using SystemTap using which you can add probe points to a running linux kernel. It is similar to DTrace which is similar tool developed for Solaris. You can write simple stap script to perform interesting tasks.

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