Most tracing backends are implemented within QEMU, except the
DTrace/SystemTap backends.

One side effect is when running 'qemu -trace help', an incomplete
list of trace events is displayed when using the DTrace/SystemTap

This is partly due to trace events registered as modules with
trace_init(), and since the events are not used within QEMU,
the linker optimize and remove the unused modules (which is
OK in this particular case).
Currently only the events compiled in trace-root.o and in the
last trace.o member of libqemuutil.a are linked, resulting in
an incomplete list of events.

To avoid confusion, improve the help message, recommending to
use the proper systemtap script to display the events list.


  $ lm32-softmmu/qemu-system-lm32 -trace help 2>&1 | wc -l


  $ lm32-softmmu/qemu-system-lm32 -trace help
  Run 'qemu-trace-stap list qemu-system-lm32' to print a list
  of names of trace points with the DTrace/SystemTap backends.

  $ qemu-trace-stap list qemu-system-lm32 | wc -l

Signed-off-by: Philippe Mathieu-Daudé <>
 trace/control.c | 7 +++++++
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/trace/control.c b/trace/control.c
index 43fb7868db..bc2fe0859d 100644
--- a/trace/control.c
+++ b/trace/control.c
@@ -159,12 +159,19 @@ TraceEvent *trace_event_iter_next(TraceEventIter *iter)
 void trace_list_events(void)
+    fprintf(stderr, "Run 'qemu-trace-stap list %s' to print a list\n"
+                    "of names of trace points with the DTrace/SystemTap"
+                    " backends.\n",
+                    error_get_progname());
     TraceEventIter iter;
     TraceEvent *ev;
     trace_event_iter_init(&iter, NULL);
     while ((ev = trace_event_iter_next(&iter)) != NULL) {
         fprintf(stderr, "%s\n", trace_event_get_name(ev));
 static void do_trace_enable_events(const char *line_buf)

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