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Subject[ patch 00/21 ] support multiple, pending ddebugs at kernel-boot
now with subject line.

On Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 1:46 AM, Jim Cromie <jim.cromie@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> This patchset extends dynamic-debug facility to allow
> use of pr_debug() within a loadable module's module_init()
> function.  Query/rules can be given on the boot-line,
> and are saved to a pending list if they cannot be applied
> immediately.  Later, when the module is being loaded, the
> pending list is scanned, and matching rules are applied.
> Thus pr_debug() calls in the module's initialization function
> are active when it is invoked.
>
>
> Changes since rev1:
>
> - rebased on top of Jasons & Joes patchset
> - fixed accidental unescape removal, noted by Bart
> - trim src-path patch checks for matching prefix before trimming
>  should now work for out-of-tree modules.
> - undid verbose newline-strip in exec-queries - Bart
> - verbose param 644, not 744 - Bart, Greg
> - whitespace - Bart
> - added 'a' flag - Jason, Bart
> - drop pending_max - Bart
>
> New Stuff, Bigger items:
>
> - lock around all list-work, pending-ct
>
> In response to Bart's locking-bug observation, I hoisted locks up to
> callers, so theyd protect all list, pending-ct manipulation.  This
> means longer hold-times, but less locking/unlocking.  Left as separate
> patch for now, partly cuz having pr_info's under lock gave me some
> heartburn.  That said, lockdep didnt complain.
>
> - 'a' pending query modification, removal
>
> Ive extended flags spec to have <match-flags>* <op> <new-flags>*
> IE, matching /[pmflta]*[+-=][pmflta]*/
>
> match-flags (optional) allows a query/rule to be more selective, which
> increases the utility of otherwise unconstrained rules.  So the
> following query matches all call-sites that are already enabled,
> adding the TID flag.
>
> $> echo " p+t " > <dbgfs>/dynamic_debug/control
>
> Further, it allows modification or deletion of currently pending
> queries:
>
> $> echo "module foo +ap" > <debugfs>/dynamic_debug/control
> $> echo "module foo +apt" > <debugfs>/dynamic_debug/control
> $> echo "module foo ap=" > <debugfs>/dynamic_debug/control
>
> 1st command adds a pending query on module foo
> 2nd command modifies it by adding a TID flag
> 3rd command deletes the pending query by setting flags to 0
>
> Note that 2,3 have exact match on the query-spec, the match-flags in 3
> specify flags required to match against the pending query; the 't'
> flag added in 2 is not required, but allowed.
>
> TODO:
>
> 1. when pending-queries is not empty, theres a hang during shutdown.
> If I delete all pending queries, shutdown works cleanly.  Ive added
> code to clear the pending-list into ddebug_remove_all_tables(), but
> its apparently not executed.  Please advise how to invoke
> ddebug_remove_all_tables() at shutdown, and whether to do it
> separately.
>
> 2. $> cat <dbfs>/dynamic_debug/pending
> This would display currently pending queries, simplifying their deletion.
>
> 3. Decide whether to keep pending on list after they apply.
> Given that user added 'a' flag, and can now delete them, its
> reasonable to leave them on pending list.  Bart's point, TBD.
>
> Notes:
>
> 1. There is a subtle asymmetry in the 'a' flag, example 1 doesnt care
> that 'p' is still enabled for the query, once 'a' is turned off, we'd
> remove it from the pending list, and same holds for any unconstrained
> flags, like t.  However ISTM this is what the user would/should expect.
>
> 2. echo " +p " > /dbg/dynamic_debug/control
>
> The above felt a little radical, but it isnt really; it works on
> mainline.  Therefore one part of the Doc is slightly misleading (last
> sentence):
>
>  The match-spec's are used to choose a subset of the known dprintk()
>  callsites to which to apply the flags-spec.  Think of them as a query
>  with implicit ANDs between each pair.  Note that an empty list of
>  match-specs is possible, but is not very useful because it will not
>  match any debug statement callsites.
>
> 3. this runs 2 separate writes.
>
> printf "module nsc_gpio +p\n module pc8736x_gpio +p\npc8736x_gpio +p\n" \
>       > /dbg/dynamic_debug/control
>
> This form of command is seen by kernel as 2 separate writes, so the
> form is not usable in boot-line in mainline; it breaks the debug
> facility (see patch 6).  Patch 3 allows multiple commands, separated
> by ';', and does work on boot-line.
>
> thanks
> Jim Cromie
>
> [PATCH 01/21] dynamic_debug: add pending flag 'a' to make pending queries explicit
> [PATCH 02/21] dynamic_debug: allow changing of dynamic_debug verbosity any time
> [PATCH 03/21] dynamic_debug: process multiple commands on a line
> [PATCH 04/21] dynamic_debug: warn when >1 of each type of match-spec is given
> [PATCH 05/21] dynamic_debug: pr_err() call should not depend upon verbosity
> [PATCH 06/21] dynamic_debug: dont kill entire facility on error parsing ddebug_query
> [PATCH 07/21] dynamic_debug: return int from ddebug_change
> [PATCH 08/21] dynamic_debug: factor show_ddebug_query out of ddebug_parse_query
> [PATCH 09/21] dynamic_debug: save_pending() saves non-matching queries for later.
> [PATCH 10/21] dynamic_debug: call apply_pending_queries from ddebug_add_module
> [PATCH 11/21] dynamic_debug: refactor query_matches_callsite out of ddebug_change
> [PATCH 12/21] dynamic_debug: document use of pending queries at boot-time
> [PATCH 13/21] dynamic_debug: require 'a' flag to explicitly mark pending queries
> [PATCH 14/21] dynamic_debug: hoist locking in ddebug_change to callers
> [PATCH 15/21] dynamic_debug: describe_flags with '=[ptmfl]*'
> [PATCH 16/21] dynamic_debug: define several levels of verbosity
> [PATCH 17/21] dynamic_debug: non-optimization - remove != NULL
> [PATCH 18/21] dynamic_debug: trim source-path prefix from dynamic_debug/control
> [PATCH 19/21] dynamic_debug: add flags filtering to flags spec handling
> [PATCH 20/21] dynamic_debug: clear pending_queries list in remove_all_tables
> [PATCH 21/21] dynamic_debug: delete pending queries
>
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