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SubjectRe: [PATCH] 2.6.0-test4 -- add context switch counters
Mike, your MUA sucks; you unwittingly removed yourself from Reply-To:


On Tue, Aug 26, 2003 at 06:29:14PM -0700, Mike Fedyk wrote:
> Command exited with non-zero status 100
> Command being timed: "apt-get update"
> User time (seconds): 0.01
> System time (seconds): 0.00
> Percent of CPU this job got: 6%
> Elapsed (wall clock) time (h:mm:ss or m:ss): 0:00.32
> Average shared text size (kbytes): 0
> Average unshared data size (kbytes): 0
> Average stack size (kbytes): 0
> Average total size (kbytes): 0
> The averages might be nice...

The averages themselves aren't reported with getrusage(), only direct
usage measurements. Presumably luserspace computes the averages itself.
i.e. the counters are all for non-average versions of these stats and
(because we're seeing all 0's) are not reported at all.


On Tue, Aug 26, 2003 at 06:29:14PM -0700, Mike Fedyk wrote:
> Maximum resident set size (kbytes): 0
> But the maximum would allow any polling app to do its polling less often.
> As well as the averages above...
> Average resident set size (kbytes): 0
> Major (requiring I/O) page faults: 320
> Minor (reclaiming a frame) page faults: 21

The fault counters are vaguely bogus when threads are involved. There's
a comment alluding to that nearby.


On Tue, Aug 26, 2003 at 06:29:14PM -0700, Mike Fedyk wrote:
> Voluntary context switches: 0
> How can you have voluntary context switches in a preemptive environment?
> Involuntary context switches: 0

Irrelevant to CONFIG_PREEMPT; preemptive multitasking (i.e. userspace can
be preempted) as UNIX has always done is the important issue here.


On Tue, Aug 26, 2003 at 06:29:14PM -0700, Mike Fedyk wrote:
> Swaps: 0
> Counting swaps would be nice too.

This already has two counters in the task_t (no, I will not use Finnish
Hungarian notation in my general posts) that are 100% unused. Probably
the only thing preventing slab poison from showing up there outright is
the whole task_t copy in kernel/fork.c and the bss zeroing for init_task.


On Tue, Aug 26, 2003 at 06:29:14PM -0700, Mike Fedyk wrote:
> File system inputs: 0
> File system outputs: 0
> Socket messages sent: 0
> Socket messages received: 0
> Signals delivered: 0
> Yes, yes, yes.

These would be easy to set up, they just need counters and the ticking
of the counters dropped in.


On Tue, Aug 26, 2003 at 06:29:14PM -0700, Mike Fedyk wrote:
> Page size (bytes): 4096
> Exit status: 100
> One more thing:
> $ cat /proc/meminfo
> MemTotal: 320628 kB
> MemFree: 5148 kB
> Buffers: 8316 kB
> Where'd shared go, and why didn't rmap start populating this value? It
> should be there in the pte-chain lists...

Shared isn't particularly useful as a single value unqualified by
sharing level.


On Tue, Aug 26, 2003 at 06:29:14PM -0700, Mike Fedyk wrote:
> Cached: 127140 kB
> SwapCached: 0 kB
> Active: 266212 kB
> Inactive: 10608 kB
> HighTotal: 0 kB
> HighFree: 0 kB
> Why is high(total|free) there in a non-highmem kernel? If this file were
> more dynamic, then we wouldn't have apps that counted on the line number
> instead of the first colum's value...
> Ok, so that was two more... ;)

They could probably very well be omitted; in all likelihood just making
the format more resistant to .config changes to make luserspace's life
easier is a good reason to keep it there.


-- wli
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