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File Attributes Instrument


Instrument Description

The File Attributes instrument captures information about changes to ownership and access permissions for files. This instrument can record information from a single process or all processes. You can export recorded information to a DTrace script.

Supported Platforms


Related Profiling Templates

File Activity Profiling Template

Timeline Pane

The timeline pane displays the following information, based on the instrument’s configuration:

Statistic name


User ID

The user identifier.

Thread ID (tid)

The thread identifier.

Stack Depth

The depth of the stack when the operation was performed.


The numeric file descriptor.


The numeric descriptor of the permissions applied to the file.

Group ID

The identifier of the new group.

Record Settings

Click the Record Settings button (image: ../Art/instruments_recordsettings_button_inline_2x.png) in the inspector pane to customize the following recording options.

Select statistics to list

Select the statistics to be displayed in the Statistics to Graph area.

Display Settings

Click the Display Settings button (image: ../Art/instruments_displaysettings_button_inline_2x.png) in the inspector pane to customize the following display settings.

Track Display Settings

These settings control how information is displayed in the timeline pane.





How information is presented.

  • Block Graph: Information is presented as a horizontal line until the information changes. The area under the line is filled by the statistic’s designated color.

  • Peak Graph: Maximum value for the information is displayed. Lines are in the statistic’s designated color.

Statistics to Graph

Select a statistic to see it graphed in the timeline pane. Click the shape or the color well to change how a statistic is represented.

Call Tree

The following call tree display settings filter the call tree in the detail pane.



Separate by Thread

Off by default.

Invert Call Tree

Off by default.

Hide System Libraries

Off by default.

Flatten Recursion

Off by default.

Call Tree Constraints

The following options filter the call tree to display calls that fall within a specific threshold based on the settings below.



# Calls

Off by default.

Data Mining

Allows you to filter through the collected data for specific symbols and libraries.

Detail Pane Columns

Event List Detail Type

The following event list columns are available in the detail pane.

Column name



The sequence number of the event.


Caller of the performed action.


The name of the function that was called.


The numeric representation of the event.


The path to the file on which the executable performed the operation.


The flag that indicates which permissions are applied to the file. Only captured for calls to chmod and fchmod functions.

User ID

The user identifier for the new file owner. Only captured for calls to chown and fchown functions.

Group ID

The group identifier for the new group. Only captured for calls to chown and fchown functions.

Call Tree Detail Type

The following call tree columns are available in the detail pane.

Column name


# Self

The number of times the symbol has been called.

% Calls

The percentage of total calls involving the symbol name.

# Calls

The number of calls involving the symbol name.

% of Parent

The percentage of bytes used by the call’s parent.

Source Path

The path to the source file that generated the call.


An icon representing the category of the call.


The name of the library that generated the call.

Symbol Name

The name of the symbol being called.