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RE: Could not use "record btrace" even if I have Intel PT hardware feature

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Hello Dongliang,

> I encounter one problem when I try to leverage Intel PT to do branch tracing.
> My cpu has Intel PT feature via "grep intel_pt /proc/cpuinfo".
> $ grep intel_pt /proc/cpuinfo
> flags : ...intel_pt...
> $ gdb simple
> .......
> (gdb) b main
> Breakpoint 1 at 0x40050c
> (gdb) r
> Starting program: .../Work/Projects/simple
> Breakpoint 1, 0x000000000040050c in main ()
> (gdb) record btrace
> Target does not support branch tracing.
> (gdb) record btrace pt
> GDB does not support Intel Processor Trace.

You need a kernel that supports it (4.1+) and you need a GDB that supports it.

Newer Linux distributions should already provide GDB with Intel PT support.  If
your distribution doesn't or if you want to build GDB yourself, please configure
it with "--with-intel-pt".

If your Linux distribution does not provide libipt(-devel), you may need to
build it yourself.  You can get the sources from here:

You may also need to configure GDB with "--with-libipt-prefix=<path-to-libipt>"
if you don't (want to) install libipt in a standard place.

You may further need to install kernel headers - GDB needs


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