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SubjectRe: PATCH 1/3] blktrace: support per-partition tracing

* Li Zefan <> wrote:

> From: Shawn Du <>
> Though one can specify '-d /dev/sda1' when using blktrace, it
> still traces the whole sda.
> To support per-partition tracing, when we start tracing, we
> initialize bt->start_lba and bt->end_lba to the start and end
> sector of that partition.
> Note some actions are per device, thus we don't filter 0-sector
> events.
> The original patch and discussion can be found here:
> Signed-off-by: Shawn Du <>
> Signed-off-by: Li Zefan <>

Thanks - beyond the small detail i mailed about a few minutes ago
the series looks good: i'll queue this up in tracing/blktrace unless
Jens has second thoughts.

Lets note that this approach still has the (long existing)
limitation that only one device can be block-traced at a time.

Furthermore, various other aspects of act_log_check() itself could
be expressed in terms of per tracepoint filters as well: the PID
filter field for example - which is supported in the ioctl ABI but
currently not exposed in the user-space blktrace utility. Same goes
for the action mask which is frequently used.

But before we can lift all these limitations and can have equivalent
functionality in the generic event tracer we still need more filter
engine infrastructure work (range operators and dev_t field
support). Plus TRACE_EVENT() based blk tracepoints.

Once we have that, the conversion will be straightforward: all
existing filter functionality of blktrace is static, so it will map
directly to new-style filter expressions. That will give us block
tracing for an arbitrary number of block devices (including the
basic mode of 'trace all block IO in the system') and a much wider
range of filtering capabilities.



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