lttng-stop(1) (v2.13)


lttng-stop — Stop an LTTng recording session


lttng [GENERAL OPTIONS] stop [--no-wait] [--all | --glob SESSION | SESSION]


The lttng stop command stops a recording session, that is, it deactivates the LTTng tracers for:

With the SESSION argument

The recording session named SESSION.

Without the SESSION argument

The current recording session (see lttng-concepts(7) to learn more about the current recording session).

See lttng-concepts(7) to learn more about recording sessions.

The selected recording session must be active (started; see lttng-start(1)). A recording session is inactive on creation (see lttng-create(1)).

A stop-session trigger action can also stop a recording session (see lttng-add-trigger(1)).

Start an inactive recording session with the lttng-start(1) command.

By default, the stop command ensures that the trace data of the selected recording session is valid before it exits. Make the command exit immediately with the --no-wait option. In this case, however, the traces(s) might not be valid when the command exits, and there’s no way to know when it/they becomes valid.

If LTTng archived the current trace chunk (see lttng-rotate(1) and lttng-enable-rotation(1)) of the selected recording session at least once during its lifetime, the stop command renames the current trace chunk subdirectory and prints the renamed path. Although it’s safe to read the content of this renamed subdirectory while the recording session remains inactive, it’s not a trace chunk archive: you need to destroy the recording session with lttng-destroy(1) or perform a rotation with lttng-rotate(1) to archive it.

See the “EXAMPLES” section below for usage examples.


See lttng(1) for GENERAL OPTIONS.

-n, --no-wait

Do not ensure that the trace data of the selected recording session is valid before exiting.

-a, --all

Stop all sessions.

-g, --glob

Interpret SESSION as a globbing pattern.

Program information

-h, --help

Show help.

This option attempts to launch /usr/bin/man to view this manual page. Override the manual pager path with the LTTNG_MAN_BIN_PATH environment variable.


List available command options and quit.





Command error


Undefined command


Fatal error


Command warning (something went wrong during the command)



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


Path to the LTTng home directory.

Defaults to $HOME.

Useful when the Unix user running the commands has a non-writable home directory.


Absolute path to the manual pager to use to read the LTTng command-line help (with lttng-help(1) or with the --help option) instead of /usr/bin/man.


Path to the directory containing the session.xsd recording session configuration XML schema.


Absolute path to the LTTng session daemon binary (see lttng-sessiond(8)) to spawn from the lttng-create(1) command.

The --sessiond-path general option overrides this environment variable.



Unix user’s LTTng runtime configuration.

This is where LTTng stores the name of the Unix user’s current recording session between executions of lttng(1). lttng-create(1) and lttng-set-session(1) set the current recording session.


Default output directory of LTTng traces in local and snapshot modes.

Override this path with the --output option of the lttng-create(1) command.


Unix user’s LTTng runtime and configuration directory.


Default directory containing the Unix user’s saved recording session configurations (see lttng-save(1) and lttng-load(1)).


Directory containing the system-wide saved recording session configurations (see lttng-save(1) and lttng-load(1)).

Note:$LTTNG_HOME defaults to the value of the HOME environment variable.


Example:Stop the current recording session.

lttng stop

Example:Stop a specific recording session.

lttng stop my-session

Example:Stop the current recording session without waiting for completion.

See the --no-wait option.

lttng stop --no-wait

Example:Stop all sessions.

See the --all option.

lttng stop --all

Example:Stop all sessions with the suffix foo.

See the --glob option.

lttng stop --glob '*foo'



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.