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SubjectRe: 2.6.11-rc1-mm1
On Fri, 2005-01-14 at 20:25 -0500, Karim Yaghmour wrote:
> Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> You have previously demonstrated that you do not understand the
> implementation you are criticizing. You keep repeating the size
> of the patch like a mantra, yet when pressed for actual bits of
> code that need fixing, you use a circular argument to slip away.

Yeah, did you answer one of my arguments except claiming that I'm to
stupid to understand how it works ?

I completely understand what this code does and I don't beat on the
patch size. I beat on the timing burden and restrictions which are given
by the implementation.

I have no objection against relayfs itself. I can just leave the config
switch off, so it does not affect me.

Adding instrumentation to the kernel is a good thing.

I just dont like the idea, that instrumentation is bound on relayfs and
adds a feature to the kernel which fits for a restricted set of problems
rather than providing a generic optimized instrumentation framework,
where one can use relayfs as a backend, if it fits his needs. Making
this less glued together leaves the possibility to use other backends.

> If you feel that there is some unncessary processing being done
> in the kernel, please show me the piece of code affected so that
> it can be fixed if it is broken.

Just doing codepath analysis shows me:

There is a loop in ltt_log_event, which enforces the processing of each
event twice. Spliting traces is postprocessing and can be done

In _ltt_log_event lives quite a bunch of if(...) processing decisions
which have to be evaluated for _each_ event.

The relay_reserve code can loop in the do { } while() and even go into a
slow path where another do { } while() is found.
So it can not be used in fast paths and for timing related problem
tracking, because it adds variable time overhead.

Due to the fact, that the ltt_log_event path is not preempt safe you can
actually hit the additional go in the do { } while() loop.

I pointed out before, that it is not possible to selectively select the
events which I'm interested in during compile time. I get either nothing
or everything. If I want to use instrumentation for a particular
problem, why must I process a loop of _ltt_log_event calls for stuff I
do not need instead of just compiling it away ?

If I compile a event in, then adding a couple of checks into the
instrumentation macro itself does not hurt as much as leaving the
straight code path for a disabled event.


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