lttng-add-context(1) (v2.8)


lttng-add-context — Add context fields to an LTTng channel


Add context fields to a channel:

lttng [GENERAL OPTIONS] add-context
      (--kernel | --userspace | --jul | --log4j)
      [--session=SESSION] [--channel=CHANNEL]
      --type=TYPE [--type=TYPE]…

List the available context fields:

lttng [GENERAL OPTIONS] add-context --list


The lttng add-context command adds one or more context fields to a channel.

Channels are created with the lttng-enable-channel(1) command.

When context fields are added to a channel, all the events emitted within this channel contain the dynamic values of those context fields.

If the --session option is omitted, the current tracing session is used. If the --channel option is omitted, the context fields are added to all the selected tracing session’s channels.

Many context fields can be added to a channel at once by repeating the --type option.

perf counters are available as per-CPU (perf:cpu: prefix) as well as per-thread (perf:thread: prefix) counters. Currently, per-CPU counters can only be used in the Linux kernel tracing domain, while per-thread counters can only be used in the user space tracing domain.

Application-specific context fields can be added to a channel using the following syntax:




Provider name.


Context type name.

Note:Make sure to single-quote the type when running the command from a shell, as $ is a special character for variable substitution in most shells.

Use the --list option without other arguments to list the available context field names.


General options are described in lttng(1).


One of:

-j, --jul

Add context to channel in the java.util.logging (JUL) domain.

-k, --kernel

Add context to channel in the Linux kernel domain.

-l, --log4j

Add context to channel in the Apache log4j domain.

-u, --userspace

Add context to channel in the user space domain.


-c, --channel=CHANNEL

Add context fields to a channel named CHANNEL instead of adding them to all the channels.

-s, --session=SESSION

Add context fields to a channel in the tracing session named SESSION instead of the current tracing session.



List the available context fields. Use this option alone.

-t, --type=TYPE

Add context field named TYPE. This option can be repeated as many times as needed on the command-line.

Program information

-h, --help

Show command help.

This option, like lttng-help(1), attempts to launch /usr/bin/man to view the command’s man page. The path to the man pager can be overridden by the LTTNG_MAN_BIN_PATH environment variable.


List available command options.



Set to 1 to abort the process after the first error is encountered.


Overrides the $HOME environment variable. Useful when the user running the commands has a non-writable home directory.


Absolute path to the man pager to use for viewing help information about LTTng commands (using lttng-help(1) or lttng COMMAND --help).


Path in which the session.xsd session configuration XML schema may be found.


Full session daemon binary path.

The --sessiond-path option has precedence over this environment variable.

Note that the lttng-create(1) command can spawn an LTTng session daemon automatically if none is running. See lttng-sessiond(8) for the environment variables influencing the execution of the session daemon.



User LTTng runtime configuration.

This is where the per-user current tracing session is stored between executions of lttng(1). The current tracing session can be set with lttng-set-session(1). See lttng-create(1) for more information about tracing sessions.


Default output directory of LTTng traces. This can be overridden with the --output option of the lttng-create(1) command.


User LTTng runtime and configuration directory.


Default location of saved user tracing sessions (see lttng-save(1) and lttng-load(1)).


System-wide location of saved tracing sessions (see lttng-save(1) and lttng-load(1)).

Note:$LTTNG_HOME defaults to $HOME when not explicitly set.





Command error


Undefined command


Fatal error


Command warning (something went wrong during the command)


If you encounter any issue or usability problem, please report it on the LTTng bug tracker.



This program is part of the LTTng-tools project.

LTTng-tools is distributed under the GNU General Public License version 2. See the LICENSE file for details.


Special thanks to Michel Dagenais and the DORSAL laboratory at École Polytechnique de Montréal for the LTTng journey.

Also thanks to the Ericsson teams working on tracing which helped us greatly with detailed bug reports and unusual test cases.


LTTng-tools was originally written by Mathieu Desnoyers, Julien Desfossez, and David Goulet. More people have since contributed to it.

LTTng-tools is currently maintained by Jérémie Galarneau.