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IDE Tutorial, Lesson One: Getting Started

In this tutorial we will orient you with IDE Perspective and its functions. At this point we assume that you are able to run Systemtap GUI and are unfamiliar with how to procede. If you cannot yet start the application, please refer to our Installation help page NOTE: If this is the first time opening the IDE Perspective it will take a while to load as it has to parse the tapsets.

The IDE Perspective's purpose is to allow the user to create, view, and edit Systemtap scripts. There are other editors built in (plain text and the C editor), however, they ultimately exist to facilitate the writing of Systemtap scripts.

In this lesson we will open a new Systemtap script file to familiarize ourselves with the IDE Perspective. Start by opening the File menu and selecting Open. A dialogue box will pop up and request the location of the file you want to open. We've included a folder called "examples" right in the tar ball. You may chose any of them to use; in this tutorial we will open top.stp. Go ahead and open the file.


You'll see the file is loaded into the editor pane of Systemtap GUI. You'll also noticed different colored text. Systemtap GUI supports syntax highlighting for the ease of the writer. Feel free to edit the file.

At this point proceed to Lesson 2: Writing Your First Script if you wish to learn how to write your own script file or Lesson 3: Running Your Script if you wish to run this one.

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