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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] tracing: Add support for critical section events
Hi Peter,

On Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 1:40 AM, Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 05, 2017 at 09:35:11AM -0700, Joel Fernandes wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 11:52 PM, Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> wrote:
>> > On Mon, Sep 04, 2017 at 08:26:13PM -0700, Joel Fernandes wrote:
>> >
>> >> Apologies, I meant (without the "off"):
>> >>
>> >> subsystem: atomic_section
>> >> events:
>> >> irqs_disable
>> >> irqs_enable
>> >> preempt_disable
>> >> preempt_enable
>> >>
>> >> and additionally (similar to what my patch does):
>> >> preemptirq_enable
>> >> preemptirq_disable
>> >>
>> >
>> > What do you need the last for?
>>
>> The last 2 events above behave as 'disable' means either preempt or
>> irq got disabled, and 'enable' means *both* preempt and irq are
>> enabled (after either one of them was disabled).
>>
>> This has the advantage of not generating events when we're already in
>> an atomic section when using these events, for example acquiring spin
>> locks in an interrupt handler might increase the preempt count and
>> generate 'preempt_disable' events, but not preemptirq_disable events.
>> This has the effect of reducing the spam in the traces when all we
>> care about is being in an atomic section or not. These events happen a
>> lot so to conserve space in the trace buffer, the user may want to
>> just enable the latter 2 events. Does that sound Ok to you?
>
> Hurm,... how about placing a filter on the other 4, such that we only
> emit the event on 0<->x state transitions? IIRC tracing already has
> filter bits and eBPF bits on that allow something like that.
>
> That avoids having to introduce more tracepoints and gets you the same
> results.

Sure, that sounds fine to me. I dropped the last 2 events from a
repost of the series since we can add that in (combined preempt and
irq) at a later time using similar methods as you're suggesting.

thanks,

-Joel

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