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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/1] stackdepot: interface to check entries and size of stackdepot.
On Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 10:54 AM, Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org> wrote:
> On Fri 24-11-17 09:41:08, Maninder Singh wrote:
>> Hi Michal,
>>
>> > On Wed 22-11-17 16:17:41, Maninder Singh wrote:
>> > > This patch provides interface to check all the stack enteries
>> > > saved in stackdepot so far as well as memory consumed by stackdepot.
>> > >
>> > > 1) Take current depot_index and offset to calculate end address for one
>> > > iteration of (/sys/kernel/debug/depot_stack/depot_entries).
>> > >
>> > > 2) Fill end marker in every slab to point its end, and then use it while
>> > > traversing all the slabs of stackdepot.
>> > >
>> > > "debugfs code inspired from page_onwer's way of printing BT"
>> > >
>> > > checked on ARM and x86_64.
>> > > $cat /sys/kernel/debug/depot_stack/depot_size
>> > > Memory consumed by Stackdepot:208 KB
>> > >
>> > > $ cat /sys/kernel/debug/depot_stack/depot_entries
>> > > stack count 1 backtrace
>> > > init_page_owner+0x1e/0x210
>> > > start_kernel+0x310/0x3cd
>> > > secondary_startup_64+0xa5/0xb0
>> > > 0xffffffffffffffff
>> >
>> > Why do we need this? Who is goging to use this information and what for?
>> > I haven't looked at the code but just the diffstat looks like this
>> > should better have a _very_ good justification to be considered for
>> > merging. To be honest with you I have hard time imagine how this can be
>> > useful other than debugging stack depot...
>>
>> This interface can be used for multiple reasons as:
>>
>> 1) For debugging stackdepot for sure.
>> 2) For checking all the unique allocation paths in system.
>> 3) To check if any invalid stack is coming which is increasing
>> stackdepot memory.
>> (https://lkml.org/lkml/2017/10/11/353)
>
> OK, so debugging a debugging facility... I do not think we want to
> introduce a lot of code for something like that.
>
>> Althoutgh this needs to be taken care in ARM as replied by maintainer, but with help
>> of this interface it was quite easy to check and we added workaround for saving memory.
>>
>> 4) At some point of time to check current memory consumed by stackdepot.
>> 5) To check number of entries in stackdepot to decide stackdepot hash size for different systems.
>> For fewer entries hash table size can be reduced from 4MB.
>
> What are you going to do with that information. It is not like you can
> reduce the memory footprint or somehow optimize anything during the
> runtime.
>
> --
> Michal Hocko
> SUSE Labs

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