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    Subject[PATCH v4 3.0-rc2-tip 0/22] 0: Uprobes patchset with perf probe support

    This patchset implements Uprobes which enables you to dynamically break
    into any routine in a user space application and collect information

    This patchset resolves most of the comments on the previous posting and inputs I got at LFCS. This
    patchset applies on top of tip commit 59c5f46fbe01

    Uprobes Patches
    This patchset implements inode based uprobes which are specified as
    <file>:<offset> where offset is the offset from start of the map.
    The probehit overhead is around 3X times the overhead from pid based

    When a uprobe is registered, Uprobes makes a copy of the probed
    instruction, replaces the first byte(s) of the probed instruction with a
    breakpoint instruction. (Uprobes uses background page replacement
    mechanism and ensures that the breakpoint affects only that process.)

    When a CPU hits the breakpoint instruction, Uprobes gets notified of
    trap and finds the associated uprobe. It then executes the associated
    handler. Uprobes single-steps its copy of the probed instruction and
    resumes execution of the probed process at the instruction following the
    probepoint. Instruction copies to be single-stepped are stored in a
    per-mm "execution out of line (XOL) area". Currently XOL area is
    allocated as one page vma.

    For previous postings: please refer: and

    This patchset is a rework based on suggestions from discussions on lkml
    in September, March and January 2010 (,,
    and ). This implementation of uprobes
    doesnt depend on utrace.

    Advantages of uprobes over conventional debugging include:

    1. Non-disruptive.
    Unlike current ptrace based mechanisms, uprobes tracing wouldnt
    involve signals, stopping threads and context switching between the
    tracer and tracee.

    2. Much better handling of multithreaded programs because of XOL.
    Current ptrace based mechanisms use single stepping inline, i.e they
    copy back the original instruction on hitting a breakpoint. In such
    mechanisms tracers have to stop all the threads on a breakpoint hit or
    tracers will not be able to handle all hits to the location of
    interest. Uprobes uses execution out of line, where the instruction to
    be traced is analysed at the time of breakpoint insertion and a copy
    of instruction is stored at a different location. On breakpoint hit,
    uprobes jumps to that copied location and singlesteps the same
    instruction and does the necessary fixups post singlestepping.

    3. Multiple tracers for an application.
    Multiple uprobes based tracer could work in unison to trace an
    application. There could one tracer that could be interested in
    generic events for a particular set of process. While there could be
    another tracer that is just interested in one specific event of a
    particular process thats part of the previous set of process.

    4. Corelating events from kernels and userspace.
    Uprobes could be used with other tools like kprobes, tracepoints or as
    part of higher level tools like perf to give a consolidated set of
    events from kernel and userspace. In future we could look at a single
    backtrace showing application, library and kernel calls.

    Here is the list of TODO Items.

    - Breakpoint handling should co-exist with singlestep/blockstep from
    another tracer/debugger.
    - Queue and dequeue signals delivered from the singlestep till
    completion of postprocessing.
    - Prefiltering (i.e filtering at the time of probe insertion)
    - Return probes.
    - Support for other architectures.
    - Uprobes booster.
    - replace macro W with bits in inat table.

    To try please fetch using
    git fetch \
    git:// \

    Please refer "[RFC] [PATCH 3.0-rc2-tip 18/22] tracing: tracing: Uprobe
    tracer documentation" on how to use uprobe_tracer.

    Please refer "[RFC] [PATCH 3.0-rc2-tip 22/22] perf: Documentation for perf
    uprobes" on how to use uprobe_tracer.

    Please do provide your valuable comments.

    Thanks in advance.

    Srikar Dronamraju (22)
    0: Uprobes patchset with perf probe support
    1: X86 specific breakpoint definitions.
    2: uprobes: Breakground page replacement.
    3: uprobes: Adding and remove a uprobe in a rb tree.
    4: Uprobes: register/unregister probes.
    5: x86: analyze instruction and determine fixups.
    6: uprobes: store/restore original instruction.
    7: uprobes: mmap and fork hooks.
    8: x86: architecture specific task information.
    9: uprobes: task specific information.
    10: uprobes: slot allocation for uprobes
    11: uprobes: get the breakpoint address.
    12: x86: x86 specific probe handling
    13: uprobes: Handing int3 and singlestep exception.
    14: x86: uprobes exception notifier for x86.
    15: uprobes: register a notifier for uprobes.
    16: tracing: Extract out common code for kprobes/uprobes traceevents.
    17: tracing: uprobes trace_event interface
    18: tracing: Uprobe tracer documentation
    19: perf: rename target_module to target
    20: perf: perf interface for uprobes
    21: perf: show possible probes in a given executable file or library.
    22: perf: Documentation for perf uprobes

    Documentation/trace/uprobetrace.txt | 94 ++
    arch/Kconfig | 4 +
    arch/x86/Kconfig | 3 +
    arch/x86/include/asm/thread_info.h | 2 +
    arch/x86/include/asm/uprobes.h | 53 ++
    arch/x86/kernel/Makefile | 1 +
    arch/x86/kernel/signal.c | 14 +
    arch/x86/kernel/uprobes.c | 591 +++++++++++++
    include/linux/mm_types.h | 9 +
    include/linux/sched.h | 9 +-
    include/linux/uprobes.h | 194 ++++
    kernel/Makefile | 1 +
    kernel/fork.c | 10 +
    kernel/trace/Kconfig | 20 +
    kernel/trace/Makefile | 2 +
    kernel/trace/trace.h | 5 +
    kernel/trace/trace_kprobe.c | 860 +------------------
    kernel/trace/trace_probe.c | 752 ++++++++++++++++
    kernel/trace/trace_probe.h | 160 ++++
    kernel/trace/trace_uprobe.c | 812 +++++++++++++++++
    kernel/uprobes.c | 1476 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    mm/mmap.c | 6 +
    tools/perf/Documentation/perf-probe.txt | 21 +-
    tools/perf/builtin-probe.c | 77 ++-
    tools/perf/util/probe-event.c | 431 ++++++++--
    tools/perf/util/probe-event.h | 12 +-
    tools/perf/util/symbol.c | 10 +-
    tools/perf/util/symbol.h | 1 +
    28 files changed, 4686 insertions(+), 944 deletions(-)

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