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SubjectRe: [tip:perf/core] perf ui annotate browser: Allow toggling addr offset view
Em Sat, Apr 14, 2012 at 10:55:19AM +0200, Ingo Molnar escreveu:
>
> * Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@redhat.com> wrote:
>
> > Em Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 11:30:52AM -0700, Linus Torvalds escreveu:
> > > On Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM, Linus Torvalds
> > > <torvalds@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > <kmem_cache_free>:
> > > >    1.91 :          push   %rbp
> > >
> > > Oh, btw, talking about kmem_cache_free: that one uses altinstructions,
> > > and so perf report shows the hottest instruction wrong (and I'm not
> > > talking about "ugly"):
> >
> > Well, if we use Masami's disassembler we would use the actual
> > code as it is being used and not the original DSO that was
> > later patched by altinstructions.
>
> Key would be to use the kernel's live RAM image of instructions.

Yeah, that is what I meant by "if we use Masami's disassembler" :-)

> I.e. we should provide a live /proc/vmlinux image in essence: a
> 'virtual' ELF binary image constructed out of the live kernel
> RAM image - with no extra RAM overhead. (Maybe with modules
> included in an intelligent way - although personally I don't use
> modules when I instrument the kernel)
>
> That plus the always-available /proc/kallsyms would offer rather
> powerful annotation already: without *any* debug info - out of
> box, on any Linux installation. (This was always the main
> advantage of /proc/profile and readprofile btw: it worked
> everywhere while most other profiling solutions needed a
> debuginfo, etc.)
>
> Doing /proc/vmlinux would be different from /dev/mem as it only
> shows the kernel RAM image, and only in a read-only fashion.
>
> Default permissions of /proc/vmlinux should probably track
> console permissions: it should be possible to allow people
> sitting in front of the computer to read /proc/vmlinux, while
> people logged in over the network wouldn't.
>
> Doing such a live kernel vmlinux would have other debugging and
> instrumentation advantages as well: various code patching
> effects could be checked and observed directly.

I would say that even for userspace we would love to have such virtual
ELF files, as code patching is become more common...

- Arnaldo
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