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SubjectRe: Tracing configuration review
On Tue, May 25, 2010 at 03:58:18PM -0400, Chase Douglas wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-05-25 at 15:46 -0400, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> > On Tue, 2010-05-25 at 15:31 -0400, Chase Douglas wrote:
> > > Hi all,
> > >
> > > I'm going through our Ubuntu kernel configuration for our next release
> > > to ensure we have all the trace options enabled that may be useful. I
> > > have a few questions about what tracer options we should have enabled.
> > >
> > > Our guiding principle in regards to these options is: if an option can
> > > be turned on and has no performance impact unless explicitly enabled on
> > > the kernel command line or at runtime, we are happy to enable it.
> > > Secondarily, we don't want to enable options that are headed for
> > > deprecation.
> > >
> > > The following options are what I am looking to set for our x86
> > > configurations. I've only included those that I am not 100% sure of.
> > > Comments are what I could gather from documentation and Kconfig, but
> > > they may not be accurate:
> > >
> > > # CONFIG_IRQSOFF_TRACER is not set (performance impact by default)
> >
> > Correct, keep that off.
> >
> > > # CONFIG_SYSPROF_TRACER is not set (don't know much about this)
> >
> > Neither do I ;-)
> >
> >
> > > # CONFIG_SCHED_TRACER is not set (headed for deprecation?)
> >
> > Although it is headed for deprecation, I think it still gets set by
> > other tracers, since it has the code to initiate the comm reader.
> >
> > > CONFIG_FTRACE_SYSCALLS=y (no performance impact by default)
> >
> > Correct
> >
> > > CONFIG_BOOT_TRACER=y (no performance impact by default)
> >
> > But this tracer is pretty useless. It gives no more information than
> > debug_initcalls.
> >
> > > CONFIG_KSYM_TRACER=y (no performance impact by default)
> >
> > Yep
> >
> > > # CONFIG_STACK_TRACER is not set (Kconfig says N if unsure)
> >
> > I would set this if you already have the function tracer. It gives no
> > more overhead than that, and it is very useful.
> >
> > > # CONFIG_KMEMTRACE is not set (Kconfig says N if unsure)
> >
> > Don't know.
> >
> > > CONFIG_WORKQUEUE_TRACER=y (no performance impact by default)
> > >
> > > Lastly, what options are safe for performance when
> > > HAVE_DYNAMIC_FTRACE=n, like on our ARM kernels. It is not clear to me
> > > through what's in Documentation/trace/* and the Kconfig entries what
> > > options could cause a performance decrease due to the inability to
> > > dynamically enable and disable tracing at runtime.
> >
> > HAVE_DYNAMIC_FTRACE affects the function tracer. If you do not have
> > that, then do not enable FUNCTION_TRACER or anything that depends on it.
> >
> > Also note, FUNCTION_TRACER depends on FRAME_POINTERS. Your millage may
> > vary with that. If you already have FRAME_POINTERS on, and the arch
> > supports DYNAMIC_FTRACE, then its fine to have FUNCTION_TRACER and all
> > those that are built on top (STACK_TRACER, FUNCTION_GRAPH, etc)
>
> (I would have snipped much of the above, but since I've added CC for the
> Ubuntu list I wanted to leave it as is for this first reply)
>
> After enabling KSYM_TRACER, I was presented with PROFILE_KSYM_TRACER.
> This is also "Say N if unsure," so I could use some guidance on whether
> we should turn it on as well.



KSYM_TRACER traces memory accesses (using breakpoints) and display each
of these in the trace/trace_pipe files. PROFILE_KSYM_TRACER produces
basic statistics on top of these traces.

But both are deprecated really, the perf tools interface is much
better for this job.



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