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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] tracing: remove mentioning of legacy latency_trace file from documentation
On Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 10:40:08PM +0200, Albin Tonnerre wrote:
> The latency_trace file got removed a while back by commit
> 886b5b73d71e4027d7dc6c14f5f7ab102201ea6b. This patch fixes the
> documentation to stop mentioning it.
>
> Signed-off-by: Albin Tonnerre <albin.tonnerre@free-electrons.com>
> ---
> Changes since v1:
> - mention that the trace format is configurable through the latency-format
> option
> - Fix a couple mistakes related to the timestamps
>
> Documentation/trace/ftrace.txt | 64 ++++++++++++++++++++--------------------
> 1 files changed, 32 insertions(+), 32 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/Documentation/trace/ftrace.txt b/Documentation/trace/ftrace.txt
> index a39b3c7..5167814 100644
> --- a/Documentation/trace/ftrace.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/trace/ftrace.txt
> @@ -85,26 +85,19 @@ of ftrace. Here is a list of some of the key files:
> This file holds the output of the trace in a human
> readable format (described below).
>
> - latency_trace:
> -
> - This file shows the same trace but the information
> - is organized more to display possible latencies
> - in the system (described below).
> -
> trace_pipe:
>
> The output is the same as the "trace" file but this
> file is meant to be streamed with live tracing.
> - Reads from this file will block until new data
> - is retrieved. Unlike the "trace" and "latency_trace"
> - files, this file is a consumer. This means reading
> - from this file causes sequential reads to display
> - more current data. Once data is read from this
> - file, it is consumed, and will not be read
> - again with a sequential read. The "trace" and
> - "latency_trace" files are static, and if the
> - tracer is not adding more data, they will display
> - the same information every time they are read.
> + Reads from this file will block until new data is
> + retrieved. Unlike the "trace" file, this file is a
> + consumer. This means reading from this file causes
> + sequential reads to display more current data. Once
> + data is read from this file, it is consumed, and
> + will not be read again with a sequential read. The
> + "trace" file is static, and if the tracer is not
> + adding more data,they will display the same
> + information every time they are read.
>
> trace_options:
>
> @@ -117,10 +110,10 @@ of ftrace. Here is a list of some of the key files:
> Some of the tracers record the max latency.
> For example, the time interrupts are disabled.
> This time is saved in this file. The max trace
> - will also be stored, and displayed by either
> - "trace" or "latency_trace". A new max trace will
> - only be recorded if the latency is greater than
> - the value in this file. (in microseconds)
> + will also be stored, and displayed by "trace".
> + A new max trace will only be recorded if the
> + latency is greater than the value in this
> + file. (in microseconds)
>
> buffer_size_kb:
>
> @@ -210,7 +203,7 @@ Here is the list of current tracers that may be configured.
> the trace with the longest max latency.
> See tracing_max_latency. When a new max is recorded,
> it replaces the old trace. It is best to view this
> - trace via the latency_trace file.
> + trace with the latency-format option enabled.
>
> "preemptoff"
>
> @@ -307,8 +300,8 @@ the lowest priority thread (pid 0).
> Latency trace format
> --------------------
>
> -For traces that display latency times, the latency_trace file
> -gives somewhat more information to see why a latency happened.
> +When the latency-format option is enabled, the trace file gives
> +somewhat more information to see why a latency happened.
> Here is a typical trace.
>
> # tracer: irqsoff
> @@ -380,9 +373,10 @@ explains which is which.
>
> The above is mostly meaningful for kernel developers.
>
> - time: This differs from the trace file output. The trace file output
> - includes an absolute timestamp. The timestamp used by the
> - latency_trace file is relative to the start of the trace.
> + time: When the latency-format option is enabled, the trace file
> + output includes a timestamp relative to the start of the
> + trace. This differs from the output when latency-format
> + is disabled, which includes an absolute timestamp.
>
> delay: This is just to help catch your eye a bit better. And
> needs to be fixed to be only relative to the same CPU.
> @@ -440,7 +434,8 @@ Here are the available options:
> sym-addr:
> bash-4000 [01] 1477.606694: simple_strtoul <c0339346>
>
> - verbose - This deals with the latency_trace file.
> + verbose - This deals with the trace file when the
> + latency-format option is enabled.
>
> bash 4000 1 0 00000000 00010a95 [58127d26] 1720.415ms \
> (+0.000ms): simple_strtoul (strict_strtoul)
> @@ -472,7 +467,7 @@ Here are the available options:
> the app is no longer running
>
> The lookup is performed when you read
> - trace,trace_pipe,latency_trace. Example:
> + trace,trace_pipe. Example:
>
> a.out-1623 [000] 40874.465068: /root/a.out[+0x480] <-/root/a.out[+0
> x494] <- /root/a.out[+0x4a8] <- /lib/libc-2.7.so[+0x1e1a6]
> @@ -481,6 +476,11 @@ x494] <- /root/a.out[+0x4a8] <- /lib/libc-2.7.so[+0x1e1a6]
> every scheduling event. Will add overhead if
> there's a lot of tasks running at once.
>
> + latency-format - This option changes the trace. When
> + it is enabled, the trace displays
> + additional information about the
> + latencies, as described in "Latency
> + trace format".
>
> sched_switch
> ------------
> @@ -601,7 +601,7 @@ an example:
> # ls -ltr
> [...]
> # echo 0 > tracing_enabled
> - # cat latency_trace
> + # cat trace
> # tracer: irqsoff
> #
> irqsoff latency trace v1.1.5 on 2.6.26
> @@ -708,7 +708,7 @@ is much like the irqsoff tracer.
> # ls -ltr
> [...]
> # echo 0 > tracing_enabled
> - # cat latency_trace
> + # cat trace
> # tracer: preemptoff
> #
> preemptoff latency trace v1.1.5 on 2.6.26-rc8
> @@ -855,7 +855,7 @@ tracers.
> # ls -ltr
> [...]
> # echo 0 > tracing_enabled
> - # cat latency_trace
> + # cat trace
> # tracer: preemptirqsoff
> #
> preemptirqsoff latency trace v1.1.5 on 2.6.26-rc8
> @@ -1016,7 +1016,7 @@ Instead of performing an 'ls', we will run 'sleep 1' under
> # echo 1 > tracing_enabled
> # chrt -f 5 sleep 1
> # echo 0 > tracing_enabled
> - # cat latency_trace
> + # cat trace
> # tracer: wakeup
> #
> wakeup latency trace v1.1.5 on 2.6.26-rc8


Hmm, you may want to add the following line:

echo latency-format > trace_option

to the 4 above to keep the examples relevants.

That's fine, I'll add them and queue up this patch, thanks!



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