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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 3.1.0-rc4-tip 8/26] x86: analyze instruction and determine fixups.
On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 02:12:25PM -0400, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 06:13:10PM +0100, Stefan Hajnoczi wrote:
> > You've probably thought of this but it would be nice to skip XOL for
> > nops. This would be a common case with static probes (e.g. sdt.h) where
> > the probe template includes a nop where we can easily plant int $0x3.
>
> Do we now have sdt.h support for uprobes? That's one of the killer
> features that always seemed to get postponed.

Not yet but it's a question of doing roughly what SystemTap does to
parse the appropriate ELF sections and then putting those probes into
uprobes.

Masami looked at this and found that SystemTap sdt.h currently requires
an extra userspace memory store in order to activate probes. Each probe
has a "semaphore" 16-bit counter which applications may test before
hitting the probe itself. This is used to avoid overhead in
applications that do expensive argument processing (e.g. creating
strings) for probes.

But this should be solvable so it would be possible to use perf-probe(1)
on a std.h-enabled binary. Some distros already ship such binaries!

Stefan


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