Compile mutrace on RHEL6

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Why mutrace

Recently, I want to profile the linux user lock(pthread mutex/rwlock) performance of a project, and there are few options for this purpose:

  • valgrind(drd)
  • systemtap(futexes.stp)
  • lttng
  • mutrace

Finally, I selected the mutrace due to:

  1. valgrind(drd): It’s really slow, cannot provide credible information.
  2. systemtap(futexes.stp): It’s really great in profiling kernel, but the user layer profile need to additional efforts to setup the environment(some debuginfo pkg).
  3. lttng: There is only rpm pkg available on RHEL7, have to compile by myself. And there are more than one dependency lib, hard to fix the dependency issue.
  4. mutrace: There is no rpm pkg available on RHEL6, have to compile by myself, and fortunately it’s not very hard to pass the compilation.

Installation Steps

To get it done, need a few steps:

  1. Get the source code
    git clone git://
  2. Modify the autoconf required version from 2.68 to 2.63
    diff --git a/ b/
    index fcb1397..0d36e41 100644
    --- a/
    +++ b/
    @@ -18,7 +18,7 @@
    # You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public
    # License along with mutrace. If not, see <>.
    AC_INIT([mutrace], [0.2], [mzzhgenpr (at) 0pointer (dot) net])
  3. Upgrade gcc version to at least gcc 4.6

  4. Do some code changes for backtrace-symbols.c to pass the compilation

    diff --git a/backtrace-symbols.c b/backtrace-symbols.c
    index 0a0d751..6f84c56 100644
    --- a/backtrace-symbols.c
    +++ b/backtrace-symbols.c
    @@ -34,6 +34,8 @@
      along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
      Foundation, 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.  */
    +#include "config.h"
    #define fatal(a, b) exit(1)
    #define bfd_fatal(a) exit(1)
    #define bfd_nonfatal(a) exit(1)
    @@ -44,13 +46,13 @@
    #define true 1
    #define false 0
    -#define _GNU_SOURCE
    +//#define _GNU_SOURCE
    #include <string.h>
    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    #include <execinfo.h>
    #include <bfd.h>
    -#include <libiberty.h>
    +//#include <libiberty.h>
    #include <dlfcn.h>
    #include <link.h>
    #if 0
  5. Run ./ to generate Makefile

  6. Change ‘-O0’ to ‘-O2’ from CFLAGS in the Makefile
  7. Run make and make install

In the end

Now, mutrace, matrace and the other related libraries have been generated, profile your program by:

mutrace -r $test_app ...

And big thanks to the original author @Lennart Poettering


have a fun :)