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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/9 - v2][RFC] tracing: Move fields from event to class structure
    On Mon, May 03, 2010 at 11:40:49PM -0400, Steven Rostedt wrote:
    > From: Steven Rostedt <>
    > Move the defined fields from the event to the class structure.
    > Since the fields of the event are defined by the class they belong
    > to, it makes sense to have the class hold the information instead
    > of the individual events. The events of the same class would just
    > hold duplicate information.
    > After this change the size of the kernel dropped another 8K:
    > text data bss dec hex filename
    > 5788186 1337252 9351592 16477030 fb6b66 vmlinux.orig
    > 5774316 1306580 9351592 16432488 fabd68 vmlinux.reg
    > 5774503 1297492 9351592 16423587 fa9aa3 vmlinux.fields
    > Although the text increased, this was mainly due to the C files
    > having to adapt to the change. This is a constant increase, where
    > new tracepoints will not increase the Text. But the big drop is
    > in the data size (as well as needed allocations to hold the fields).
    > This will give even more savings as more tracepoints are created.
    > Note, if just TRACE_EVENT()s are used and not DECLARE_EVENT_CLASS()
    > with several DEFINE_EVENT()s, then the savings will be lost. But
    > we are pushing developers to consolidate events with DEFINE_EVENT()
    > so this should not be an issue.
    > The kprobes define a unique class to every new event, but are dynamic
    > so it should not be a issue.
    > The syscalls however have a single class but the fields for the individual
    > events are different. The syscalls use a metadata to define the
    > fields. I moved the fields list from the event to the metadata and
    > added a "get_fields()" function to the class. This function is used
    > to find the fields. For normal events and kprobes, get_fields() just
    > returns a pointer to the fields list_head in the class. For syscall
    > events, it returns the fields list_head in the metadata for the event.
    > v2: Fixed the syscall fields. The syscall metadata needs a list
    > of fields for both enter and exit.
    > Cc: Mathieu Desnoyers <>
    > Cc: Masami Hiramatsu <>
    > Cc: Tom Zanussi <>
    > Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>
    > Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt <>

    Acked-by: Frederic Weisbecker <>

    Now I need to recover from my CPP headache before reviewing
    this set further ;)

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