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Could someone help me to install perf monitoring tool, please?

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What exactly do you want to monitor? –  ddeimeke Jun 23 '11 at 7:31

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The perf utility can be found in the linux-toolsInstall linux-tools package.

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You also probably want to install linux-tools-generic since it includes kernel modules that perf interacts with. –  Allen Sep 6 '14 at 21:59

Make sure you are installing this tool for the right Kernel release. If you just type:

sudo apt-get install linux-tools

It will install it for the latest Linux release in your machine and in case you are booting a previous version (say for stability reason), it will err. In my case it installed for .45 instead of .43 and I had to use the following command to install it:

sudo apt-get install linux-tools-

You can find your Kernel release by typing : uname -r

To make sure it's working right you can try this: perf record /bin/ls

Just in case you are going to install Zoom tool, you need to have Perf installed for being able to use all its utilities.

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Running the following two commands will do it!

sudo apt-get install linux-tools-common 
sudo apt-get install linux-tools
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Doesn't work. I'm using 12.04. I get the error perf not found for kernel 3.2.0-60. You may need to install linux-tools-3.2.0-60-generic –  Rishi Dua Mar 10 '14 at 18:54

In 14.04, the linux-tools package does not exist unqualified:

$ sudo apt-get install linux-tools
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Package linux-tools is a virtual package provided by:
You should explicitly select one to install.

E: Package 'linux-tools' has no installation candidate

Instead, you can install one of the packages listed, depending upon the kernel you have installed. Most users will want linux-tools-generic.

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I installed Linux 3.17.2 on my machine and tried

sudo apt-get install linux-tools-3.17.2

it showed that linux-tools is not present. In this case, download the required linux kernel version, go to linux->tools->perf :

cd linux/tools/perf

and then run make command :


and then run make install command:

make install

and then reboot. You just installed perf manually.

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On Ubuntu 14.04 I had to install three packages:

apt-get install linux-tools-common linux-tools-generic linux-tools-`uname -r`
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