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SubjectRe: [GIT PULL] adaptive spinning mutexes
On Wed, 14 Jan 2009 21:51:22 +0100
Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu> wrote:

>
> * Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
>
> > > > Do people enable CONFIG_SCHED_DEBUG?
> > >
> > > If they suspect performance problems and want to analyze them?
> >
> > The vast majority of users do not and usually cannot compile their own
> > kernels.
>
> ... which they derive from distro kernels or some old .config they always
> used, via 'make oldconfig'. You are arguing against well-established facts
> here.
>
> If you dont believe my word for it, here's an analysis of all kernel
> configs posted to lkml in the past 8 months:
>
> $ grep ^CONFIG_SCHED_DEBUG linux-kernel | wc -l
> 424
>
> $ grep 'CONFIG_SCHED_DEBUG is not' linux-kernel | wc -l
> 109
>
> i.e. CONFIG_SCHED_DEBUG=y is set in 80% of the configs. A large majority
> of testers has it enabled and /sys/debug/sched_features was always a good
> mechanism that we used for runtime toggles.

You just disproved your own case :(

> > > Note that CONFIG_SCHED_DEBUG=y is also the default.
> >
> > akpm:/usr/src/25> echo $ARCH
> > x86_64
> > akpm:/usr/src/25> make defconfig
> > *** Default configuration is based on 'x86_64_defconfig'
>
> x86 defconfig is used too, but it's a pretty rare usage.
>
> Under default i mean the customary meaning of default config: it's the
> default if you come via 'make oldconfig' or if you derive your config from
> a distro config:
>
> | config SCHED_DEBUG
> | bool "Collect scheduler debugging info"
> | depends on DEBUG_KERNEL && PROC_FS
> | default y
>

This simply isn't reliable.


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