Many LTTng users want to inspect traces while their tracing session continues to run in the background, but that's only possible with tools that support the "live" protocol. Historically, it has not been possible to process traces "offline". To be able to read, modify, or delete a trace file, you need to interrupt the tracing session. When you're investigating long-lived issues that can take days to track down, stopping the session to see whether the bug has triggered opens a window where you might miss it. And leaving the session running can result in huge traces that can take days to process.