[lkml]   [2009]   [Jun]   [29]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
Messages in this thread
Patch in this message
Subject[PATCH] gcov: fix documentation
From: Peter Oberparleiter <>

Commonly available versions of cp and tar don't work well with special
files created using seq_file. Mention this problem in the gcov
documentation and update the helper script example to work around
these problems.

Signed-off-by: Peter Oberparleiter <>
Documentation/gcov.txt | 25 ++++++++++++++++---------
1 file changed, 16 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)

Index: linux-2.6.31-rc1/Documentation/gcov.txt
--- linux-2.6.31-rc1.orig/Documentation/gcov.txt
+++ linux-2.6.31-rc1/Documentation/gcov.txt
@@ -188,13 +188,18 @@ Solution: Exclude affected source files
GCOV_PROFILE := n or GCOV_PROFILE_basename.o := n in the
corresponding Makefile.

+Problem: Files copied from sysfs appear empty or incomplete.
+Cause: Due to the way seq_file works, some tools such as cp or tar
+ may not correctly copy files from sysfs.
+Solution: Use 'cat' to read .gcda files and 'cp -d' to copy links.
+ Alternatively use the mechanism shown in Appendix B.

Appendix A:

Sample script to gather coverage meta files on the build machine
(see 6a):

@@ -226,7 +231,7 @@ Appendix B:
Sample script to gather coverage data files on the test machine
(see 6b):

+#!/bin/bash -e

@@ -236,11 +241,13 @@ if [ -z "$DEST" ] ; then
exit 1

-find $GCDA -name '*.gcno' -o -name '*.gcda' | tar cfz $DEST -T -
+TEMPDIR=$(mktemp -d)
+echo Collecting data..
+find $GCDA -type d -exec mkdir -p $TEMPDIR/\{\} \;
+find $GCDA -name '*.gcda' -exec sh -c 'cat < $0 > '$TEMPDIR'/$0' {} \;
+find $GCDA -name '*.gcno' -exec sh -c 'cp -d $0 '$TEMPDIR'/$0' {} \;
+tar czf $DEST -C $TEMPDIR sys
+rm -rf $TEMPDIR

-if [ $? -eq 0 ] ; then
- echo "$DEST successfully created, copy to build system and unpack with:"
- echo " tar xfz $DEST"
- echo "Could not create file $DEST"
+echo "$DEST successfully created, copy to build system and unpack with:"
+echo " tar xfz $DEST"

 \ /
  Last update: 2009-06-29 10:49    [W:0.022 / U:3.444 seconds]
©2003-2020 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site