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SubjectRe: [GIT PULL] uprobes: pre-filtering
* Oleg Nesterov <oleg@redhat.com> [2013-01-25 17:17:28]:

> On 01/25, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> >
> > * Srikar Dronamraju <srikar@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> >
> > > The other alternative is to extend the current abi and pass
> > > the prefilter option. Should we extend the abi for userspace
> > > tracing is obviously debatable.
> >
> > That's the obvious path to go - why add something to the kernel
> > if user-space cannot make use of it?
>
> This is what I am going to (try to) do, but I am not sure if this makes
> sense...
>
> For the start, can't we teach 'uprobe_events' file to accept, say,
>
> 'p file:0x1234 pid=1 other-opts'


I think this would be a very good start


The only downside, I see is we would have add and remove to change the
filter. Something like perf record will not be able to dynamically
change the filter parameter.


>
> for the start? This looks simple enough, and I after looked into tools/perf
> it seems that perf can be changed too.
>
> What do you think?
>
> Then we can extend 'pid=' option to accept the list of pids, perhaps.
>
> In the long term we probably need uprobes/pid_filter or something like this,
> it should allow to add/del pid dynamically. I really do not know.

Yes, I think having a file like uprobes/pid_filter would be able to
dynamically change the filter. Probably when we code this up should we
make this something more generic otherwise, we might end up with
uid_filter, sid_filter ..

Steven,
Are you still pursuing multiple ftrace buffers that you proposed at LPC 2012?

In which case, this new filter should also be per buffer.

--
Thanks and Regards
Srikar Dronamraju



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