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SubjectRe: [PATCH 6/6] perf tools: Bring linear set of section headers for features
Em Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 05:49:37PM +0100, Frederic Weisbecker escreveu:
> On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 07:20:04AM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > 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.
>
> Yep. It seems to work. What happens is that trace information are
> re-computed. The same goes for build id I guess.

Well, we would need to get the existing buildids, insert them into the
dsos list, and as we use dsos__findnew DSOs already in the list wouldn't
be added, and at the end we would, as you say, recompute the buildid
table.

> What happens is that the appended datas override the features sections
> and headers, but this is fine because we rewrite them in the end.
>
> But these both need to support appending mode internally (ie: append
> the new informtions on top of exisiting ones instead of redo the whole)
> and then rewrite the whole at exit like it's done currently.

yeah.

- Arnado


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