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SubjectRe: [PATCH] blktrace: move trace/ dir to /sys/block/sda/

* Jens Axboe <> wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 13 2009, Li Zefan wrote:
> > Impact: allow ftrace-plugin blktrace to trace device-mapper devices
> >
> > blktrace can't trace a single partition, so it makes no sense to
> > have one trace/ dir in each /sys/block/sda/sdaX. Move it to
> > /sys/block/sda/.
> >
> > Thus we fix an issue reported by Ted, that ftrace-plugin
> > blktrace can't be used to trace device-mapper devices.
> Perhaps I never committed that patch, but it would be trivial to
> do partition based blktrace tracing. It's also quite useful. So
> please don't go changing things to make that harder to support, it
> would be nicer to just add the (small) bits to support
> per-partition tracing. It's basically just a start/stop sector
> range, while some events are per-device and should just be
> included always.

btw., per tracepoint filters could be used for that. That would
allow multiple partitions to be traced at once.

blktrace user-space could make use of sector range filters straight
away [ hm, Tom - do we have the <= comparison operator already, or
is that still WIP? ] - but i think it's better to do this in a more
integrated way: via the sysfs API, via /sys/block/sda/sda2/trace/.

So when a partition's trace entry is activated, it would
auto-install a specific filter expression for sda, with the sector
range of that partition. Or something like that. How does this


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