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SubjectRe: [PATCH 6/6] perf tools: Bring linear set of section headers for features
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On Wed, 2009-11-11 at 04:51 +0100, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> Build a set of section headers for features right after the datas.
> Each implemented feature will have one of such section header that
> provides the offset and the size of the data manipulated by the feature.
>
> The trace informations have moved after the data and are recorded
> on exit time.
>
> The new layout is as follows:
>
> -----------------------
> ___
> [ magic ] |
> [ header size ] |
> [ attr size ] |
> [ attr content offset ] |
> [ attr content size ] |
> [ data offset ] File Headers
> [ data size ] |
> [ event_types offset ] |
> [ event_types size ] |
> [ feature bitmap ] v
>
> [ attr section ]
> [ events section ]
>
> ___
> [ X ] |
> [ X ] |
> [ X ] Datas
> [ X ] |
> [ X ] v
>
> ___
> [ Feature 1 offset ] |
> [ Feature 1 size ] Features headers
> [ Feature 2 offset ] |
> [ Feature 2 size ] v
>
> [ Feature 1 content ]
> [ Feature 2 content ]
> -----------------------
>
> We have as many feature's section headers as we have features in use for
> the current file.
>
> Say Feat 1 and Feat 3 are used by the file, but not Feat 2. Then the
> feature headers will be like follows:
>
> [ Feature 1 offset ] |
> [ Feature 1 size ] Features headers
> [ Feature 3 offset ] |
> [ Feature 3 size ] v
>
> There is no hole to cover Feature 2 that is not in use here. We only
> need to cover the needed headers in order, from the lowest feature bit
> to the highest.
>
> Currently we have two features: HEADER_TRACE_INFO and HEADER_BUILD_ID.
> Both have their contents that follow the feature headers. Putting the
> contents right after the feature headers is not mandatory though.
> While we keep the feature headers right after the data and in order,
> their offsets can point everywhere. We have just put the two above
> feature contents in the end of the file for convenience.
>
> The purpose of this layout change is to have a file format that scales
> while keeping it simple: having such linear feature headers is less
> error prone wrt forward/backward compatibility as the content of a
> feature can be put anywhere, its location can even change by the
> time, it's fine because its headers will tell where it is. And we know
> how to find these headers, following the above rules.

Does do mess up append though... be sure to add some magic for that.


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