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SubjectRe: [PATCH] tracer for sys_open() - sreadahead

* Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 11:43:03PM +0100, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 12:08:04PM -0800, Kok, Auke wrote:
> > >
> > > This tracer monitors regular file open() syscalls. This is a fast
> > > and low-overhead alternative to strace, and does not allow or
> > > require to be attached to every process.
> > >
> > > The tracer only logs succesfull calls, as those are the only ones we
> > > are currently interested in, and we can determine the absolute path
> > > of these files as we log.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Auke Kok <auke-jan.h.kok@intel.com>
> >
> >
> > Hi Auke,
> >
> > Speaking about a global syscall tracer, I made a patch to trace only the syscalls
> > with the function-graph-tracer.
> >
> > http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/12/30/267
> >
> > Its approach and purpose is different than a tracer dedicated only to syscalls.
> > The function graph tracer traces execution graph of the functions and is more about
> > execution time spent and code flow whereas a syscall tracer can provide more specific
> > informations about syscalls.
> >
> > So both are not overlaping.
> >
> > But the low level part of my patch creates a thread flag _TIF_SYSCALL_TRACE which triggers
>
> s/_TIF_SYSCALL_TRACE/_TIF_SYSCALL_FTRACE

> > Once we have it, I think a syscall tracer can be fed with new syscalls
> > events through several patch iterations, starting with the open and
> > close one :-)
> >
> > Are you ok with that?
> >
> > Steven, Ingo, do you agree?

yes. We definitely need this on the asm syscall level, to not contaminate
hundreds of syscalls with tracepoints.

Auke's sys_open() plugin would be a nice prototype for that concept - but
in generally it would be useful to be able to augment kernel tracer output
with all syscall events that occur.

The output would be something like a slimmed-down strace, but for the
whole kernel and not tied to ptrace semantics (which are crippling).

Would you be interested in extending your syscall tracing concept with
those bits and would you be interested in integrating Auke's plugin into
that

Ingo


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