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SubjectRe: [PATCH 03/20] x86, mce: Add persistent MCE event
On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 05:21:57PM -0500, Ingo Molnar wrote:
>
> * Ben Gamari <bgamari@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > On Thu, 4 Nov 2010 16:36:39 +0100, Borislav Petkov <bp@amd64.org> wrote:
> > > From: Borislav Petkov <borislav.petkov@amd.com>
> > >
> > > Add the necessary glue to enable the mce_record tracepoint on boot
> > > turning it into a persistent event. This exports the MCE buffer
> > > read-only to a userspace daemon which will hook into it through debugfs
> > > when booting is finished.
> >
> > While MCE technically is a diagnostics service, do we want to start adding
> > dependencies on debugfs in long-running, common-place daemons? I was under the
> > impression we were to avoid using debugfs for anything other than values for
> > one-off debugging.
>
> See this current discussion thread on lkml:
>
> [RFC][PATCH] perf: sysfs type id
>
> Events are being added to sysfs as we want to avoid the debugfs dependency.

Yep, event enumeration will land in /sysfs eventually but in this case
debugfs is used to export the buffers with the events recorded so far to
the daemon which mmaps them. And I remember also being mentioned that
debugfs will thus be always compiled in because of that.

In any case, we need some kind of a facility with which to export those
buffers for userspace to mmap. sysfs is clearly not that and debugfs is
what we currently use. I'm open for better suggestions though.

Thanks.

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