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SubjectRe: trace/events: DECLARE vs DEFINE semantic
* Steven Rostedt (rostedt@goodmis.org) wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-12-03 at 08:51 -0500, Masami Hiramatsu wrote:
>
> > > Basically, we should have a:
> > >
> > > kernel/sched_trace.c that includes the include/trace/events/sched.h and
> > > does the define.
> > >
> > > And the same goes for other trace points.
> >
> > Hmm, I'd rather like to move it into kernel/events/ or something new
> > sub directory, since those files will have just two lines (define and
> > include).
>
> I'm fine with a kernel/events dir.

Yep, sounds fine.

Maybe we could have separate files for:

a) event definitions
b) class definitions

?

>
> >
> > >> e.g.
> > >>
> > >> @kernel/tracepoint.c
> > >> ...
> > >> #define CREATE_TRACE_POINTS
> > >> #include <trace/events/sched.h>
> > >> #include <trace/events/...>
> > >
> > > We could do this for all that is defined in the include/trace/events.
> > >
> > >> ...
> > >>
> > >> @kernel/sched.c
> > >> ...
> > >> #include <trace/events/sched.h> /* Just include events header */
> > >> ...
> > >>
> > >> @fs/ext4/super.c (no change, since it can be module)
> > >> ...
> > >> #define CREATE_TRACE_POINTS
> > >> #include <trace/events/ext4.h>
> > >
> > > Perhaps we should move out anything in include/trace/events that is also
> > > a module into its sub system?
> >
> > Would you mean putting those headers in sub-system's directory?
> > (e.g. fs/ext4/)
> > In that case, a problem will happen when user want to hook those
> > tracepoint from their module, because it is hard to find those
> > local headers.
>
> Why? Modules usually do have their own headers in their sub system.
>
> OK, if a module keeps their headers global (include/linux) then sure
> they can keep their tracepoint header in include/trace/events. But I
> still think that the module CREATE_TRACE_POINTS code should be kept with
> the module code itself (but in a small separate file).

I agree with Steven here: modules should come with their own trace event
definitions, and if the trace classes they use are not available in the
standard kernel, they should come with these trace classes definitions
too.

A small *_trace.c file linked along with the module looks fine by me.

And please, try to re-used the already existing symbol dependency
management already present in the kernel to deal with module dependency
on class and dependency such as:

module-a.ko
defines trace class
module-b.ko
module-c.ko

module-b and module-c define events which depend on the trace class.

If you make the event definition depend on a symbol defined in module-a,
everything should work flawlessly. It also works if the class is defined
in the core kernel.

Thanks,

Mathieu

>
> -- Steve
>
>

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