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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/7] tracing: bug fixes for tracing/filters
On Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 04:48:33PM +0200, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 04:30:48AM -0500, Tom Zanussi wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > On Sat, 2009-04-11 at 15:52 +0800, Li Zefan wrote:
> > > This patchset fixes some bugs in tracing/filters. Most of the change
> > > goes to the last patch, and others are small ones.
> > >
> >
> > At first glance, they look good and fix real problems - thanks for
> > fixing them. Re patch 7, there's been some discussion about using rcu
> > for this. See:
> >
> > http://lkml.org/lkml/2009/4/5/46
> >
> > >From that discussion, it seems some non-trivial changes to rcu would be
> > needed for this. I'm playing around with a different idea now to
> > hopefully avoid the need for that, or the other approach mentioned, of
> > temporarily stopping tracing while removing/changing the filters.
> >
> > Basically my thought is to avoid the problem by not allocating or
> > destroying the preds when removing filters but instead switch out the
> > pred->fns with a nop version while keeping the fields intact for awhile.
> > I think that will work for removing filters, but I still need to think
> > about how it would (or would not) work for replacing them.
> >
> > Tom
>
> It would be sort of reinventing rcu :-)
> Well, Paul proposed something recently, hmm I should double check
> this discussion.

I am actually thinking about doing this. Please do take a look at:

http://lkml.org/lkml/2009/4/6/332
http://lkml.org/lkml/2009/4/6/496

What I need from you is to tell me whether or not the proposed placement
of rcu_idle(), rcu_idle_start(), and rcu_idle_end() makes sense from a
tracing viewpoint.

Thanx, Paul

> Anyway, the fixes from Li (other than 4 and 7 for which we have comments)
> look very good!
>
> Frederic.
>
>
>
> >
> > > Maybe 3rd to 6th patches can be regarded as small enhancements instead
> > > of bug fixes? But they are behavioural changes.
> > >
> > >
> > > [PATCH 1/7] tracing/filters: NUL-terminate user input filter
> > > [PATCH 2/7] tracing/filters: fix NULL pointer dereference
> > > [PATCH 3/7] tracing/filters: allow user input integer to be oct or hex
> > > [PATCH 4/7] tracing/filters: allow user to specify a filter val to be string
> > > [PATCH 5/7] tracing/filters: disallow newline as delimeter
> > > [PATCH 6/7] tracing/filters: return proper error code when writing filter file
> > > [PATCH 7/7] tracing/filters: make filter preds RCU safe
> > >
> > > kernel/trace/trace.h | 6 +-
> > > kernel/trace/trace_events.c | 16 +++--
> > > kernel/trace/trace_events_filter.c | 131 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++---------
> > > kernel/trace/trace_events_stage_3.h | 10 +++-
> > > 4 files changed, 121 insertions(+), 42 deletions(-)
> > > ---
> >
>
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