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SubjectRe: [PATCH 08/18] tracing: Add kprobe-based event tracer
Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 09:31:39AM +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
>> * Frederic Weisbecker<> wrote:
>>> From: Masami Hiramatsu<>
>>> Add kprobes-based event tracer on ftrace.
>>> This tracer is similar to the events tracer which is based on
>>> Tracepoint infrastructure. Instead of Tracepoint, this tracer is
>>> based on kprobes (kprobe and kretprobe). It probes anywhere where
>>> kprobes can probe(this
>>> means, all functions body except for __kprobes functions).
>>> Similar to the events tracer, this tracer doesn't need to be
>>> activated via current_tracer, instead of that, just set probe
>>> points via /sys/kernel/debug/tracing/kprobe_events. And you can
>>> set filters on each probe events via
>>> /sys/kernel/debug/tracing/events/kprobes/<EVENT>/filter.
>> ok, one observation here: this should seemlessly merge into
>> /debug/tracing/events/ and provide a record format descriptor in
>> 'format' to allow the automated fetching of the results of the
>> probe. The PERF_SAMPLE_RAW gateway should work as well.
>> That way tooling that knows about /debug/tracing/events/ will
>> automatically work with kprobes events as well. We can profile based
>> on kprobes, etc. etc.
>> The _setting_ of the probe is still a separate channel - but if
>> existing installed probes are merged into existing tooling that's a
>> big step forward in terms of utility.
>> Ingo
> It does already :)
> But I've split out this patch that initially embeded the documentation.
> If you look at the 9/10 patch, you can see how look like the format
> files for kprobes.

As far as I've tested, it just requires two changes for perf-tools.
- Support CONFIG_PROFILE_EVENT(profile_enable/disable) on kprobe-tracer.
- Ignore 'alias' tag(which is a special tag in kprobes event) while
parsing format file.

Thank you,

Masami Hiramatsu

Software Engineer
Hitachi Computer Products (America), Inc.
Software Solutions Division


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