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SubjectRe: [RFC] simple dprobe like markers for the kernel
Hi -

On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 11:30:17AM -0400, Theodore Tso wrote:

> [...] When you said a tool could determine if the tracepoint had
> gotten optimized away, or the variables were no longer present, I
> assume you meant at compile time, right? So with the right tool
> built into the kbuild infrastructure, if we could simply print
> warnings when tracepoints had gotten optimized away [...]

It will be interesting to see how frequently such a warning appears
for a good suite of such mini markers, on a diversity of architectures
and compilers. Such data can help pronounce judgement on this approach.

> P.S. When you said that the current kernel markers are "a bit
> heavyweight", how bad are they in practice? Hundreds of cycles? More?

Good question. The only performance measurements I have seen posted
indicate negligible effects.

- FChE

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