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SubjectRe: [PATCH] tracing/events: Add module tracepoints
On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 09:41:46AM +0800, Li Zefan wrote:
> Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 04:56:33PM +0800, Li Zefan wrote:
> >> Add trace points to trace module_load, module_free, module_get,
> >> module_put and module_request, and use trace_event facility
> >> to get the trace output.
> >>
> >> Here's the sample output:
> >>
> >> TASK-PID CPU# TIMESTAMP FUNCTION
> >> | | | | |
> >> <...>-42 [000] 1.758380: module_request: fb0 wait=1 call_site=fb_open
> >> ...
> >> <...>-60 [000] 3.269403: module_load: scsi_wait_scan
> >> <...>-60 [000] 3.269432: module_put: scsi_wait_scan call_site=sys_init_module refcnt=0
> >> <...>-61 [001] 3.273168: module_free: scsi_wait_scan
> >> ...
> >> <...>-1021 [000] 13.836081: module_load: sunrpc
> >> <...>-1021 [000] 13.840589: module_put: sunrpc call_site=sys_init_module refcnt=-1
> >> <...>-1027 [000] 13.848098: module_get: sunrpc call_site=try_module_get refcnt=0
> >> <...>-1027 [000] 13.848308: module_get: sunrpc call_site=get_filesystem refcnt=1
> >> <...>-1027 [000] 13.848692: module_put: sunrpc call_site=put_filesystem refcnt=0
> >> ...
> >> modprobe-2587 [001] 1088.437213: module_load: trace_events_sample F
> >> modprobe-2587 [001] 1088.437786: module_put: trace_events_sample call_site=sys_init_module refcnt=0
> >>
> >>
> >> Note:
> >>
> >> - the taints flag can be 'F', 'C' and/or 'P' if mod->taints != 0
> >>
> >> - the module refcnt is percpu, so it can be negative in a specific cpu
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Li Zefan <lizf@cn.fujitsu.com>
> >
> >
> > Nice.
> >
> > Just two worries about it.
> >
> > The ring buffer are flushed on module unloading right?
> > That won't make it easy to perform module event tracing.
> >
>
> Yes, but only when the module has "_ftrace_events" section.
> They are ext4 and gfs2 for the current kernel.


Ah, good point.


> > Also the events selftests do a lot of random things to trigger
> > each kind of events, I guess some new others will be needed to
> > tests these, unless they will seem to fail on every selftests.
> > Although I can't imagine a module loading/unloading for
> > every ftrace event selftest... I guess these will require
> > a specific treatement and also will need to be selftested once
> > the filesystem is set to be able to load modules.
> >
>
> It's nice to have more selftests but I don't think it is a
> necessity.
>
> Actually the events selftests just confirm the events won't
> crash the system, and no trace entries are generated by them
> in the selftests.


Indeed, forget about these worries :)

Thanks.



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