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SubjectRe: [patch 00/37] Linux Kernel Markers instrumentation for sched-devel.git
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On Sat, 2008-04-26 at 16:11 -0400, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> * Peter Zijlstra (a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl) wrote:
> > On Thu, 2008-04-24 at 11:03 -0400, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> > > Hi Ingo,
> > >
> > > Here is a rather large patchset applying kernel instrumentation to
> > > sched-devel.git. It includes, mainly :
> >
> > I saw this land in sched-devel, how about this:
> >
>
> I think the main reason why those markers are ugly is they have
> information meant for use by a general purpose tracer (it will only take
> the parameters before the ## signs).
>
> The other way around is to start specializing the general purpose tracer
> to extract the information it needs from the task and rq pointers and
> put that in the traces. Actually, that's the approach I use currently
> use in LTTng, but Ingo seemed interested to have the union of parameters
> needed by specialized and GP tracers, so this is what I did.
>
> The only thing I dislike with the approach of putting everything in a
> separatered header is that it adds a layer of indirection when one try
> to to quickly grep for trace_mark() in the kernel tree to see where the
> conceptual tracing points are. Therefore, it might be interesting to
> simply remove the parameters meant for the general purpose tracer and
> let this GP tracer create specialized probes for these instrumentation
> sites. It would therefore remove the ugliness without creating a
> supplementary indirection layer.

In part its the extra parameters, but to a large part its that darn
string. I'm still not getting why we can't just live with trace marks
like 'regular' functions much like the ones I used to wrap trace_mark().

> > Index: linux-2.6-2/kernel/sched_trace.h
> > ===================================================================
> > --- /dev/null
> > +++ linux-2.6-2/kernel/sched_trace.h
> > @@ -0,0 +1,41 @@
> > +#include <linux/marker.h>
> > +
> > +static inline void trace_kernel_sched_wait(struct task_struct *p)
> > +{
> > + trace_mark(kernel_sched_wait_task, "pid %d state %ld",
> > + p->pid, p->state);
> > +}
> > +
> > +static inline
> > +void trace_kernel_sched_wakeup(struct rq *rq, struct task_struct *p)
> > +{
> > + trace_mark(kernel_sched_wakeup,
> > + "pid %d state %ld ## rq %p task %p rq->curr %p",
> > + p->pid, p->state, rq, p, rq->curr);
> > +}
> > +
> > +static inline
> > +void trace_kernel_sched_wakeup_new(struct rq *rq, struct task_struct *p)
> > +{
> > + trace_mark(kernel_sched_wakeup_new,
> > + "pid %d state %ld ## rq %p task %p rq->curr %p",
> > + p->pid, p->state, rq, p, rq->curr);
> > +}
> > +
> > +static inline void trace_kernel_sched_switch(struct rq *rq,
> > + struct task_struct *prev, struct task_struct *next)
> > +{
> > + trace_mark(kernel_sched_schedule,
> > + "prev_pid %d next_pid %d prev_state %ld "
> > + "## rq %p prev %p next %p",
> > + prev->pid, next->pid, prev->state,
> > + rq, prev, next);
> > +}
> > +
> > +static inline void
> > +trace_kernel_sched_migrate_task(struct task_struct *p, int src, int dst)
> > +{
> > + trace_mark(kernel_sched_migrate_task,
> > + "pid %d state %ld dest_cpu %d",
> > + p->pid, p->state, dst);
> > +}

One advantage of having these things close together would be that it
stimulates consistency between the various trace points. Something that
would be sorely needed with such a free form mechanism.

Peter



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