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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2] utrace
On Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 02:34:02AM +0400, Alexey Dobriyan wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 03:01:02PM -0700, Roland McGrath wrote:
> > utrace is a new kernel-side API for kernel modules, intended to make it
> > tractable to work on novel ways to trace and debug user-mode tasks.
> Finally! Familiar code! :^)
> > A previous utrace prototype was in all Fedora kernels since Fedora Core 6.
> > Some substantial implementation and API details in the current code are
> > different from those past versions.
> And some internal details still horrible and overdesigned just like at
> the very beginning.
> > Please look freshly at these patches.
> Well, all comments on tracehook patches were ignored.
> > This code cannot be enabled without CONFIG_HAVE_ARCH_TRACEHOOK and the arch
> > details it indicates. In Linus's tree as of v2.6.27-rc4, only powerpc and
> > sparc64 have that support. The x86 support is available by merging in the
> > tip/x86/tracehook branch. For working on other arch support, there are some
> > more details at and
> > these are mentioned in the comments in arch/Kconfig too (in v2.6.27-rc4).
> >
> > The first patch adds the utrace kernel API (if CONFIG_UTRACE=y is set).
> > There is no change at all without the config option, and with it there is
> > no effect on anything at all until a kernel module using the utrace API is
> > loaded. There is detailed documentation on the API in DocBook form.
> >
> > The second patch adds the CONFIG_UTRACE_PTRACE option.
> If config option for ptrace is fine, please name it CONFIG_PTRACE.
> For one, there will be no second tracing infrastracture. For two, nobody
> but one man on the planet really cares how ptrace(2) is implemented.

Oh, I totally misread what this potion is about.

Of course, it shouldn't exist at all.

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