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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/12 v2] ring-buffer/tracing: Remove disabling of ring buffer while reading trace file
On Sat, 21 Mar 2020 19:13:51 +0000
David Laight <David.Laight@ACULAB.COM> wrote:

> From: Steven Rostedt
> > Sent: 19 March 2020 23:22
> ...
> >
> > This patch series attempts to satisfy that request, by creating a
> > temporary buffer in each of the per cpu iterators to place the
> > read event into, such that it can be passed to users without worrying
> > about a writer to corrupt the event while it was being written out.
> > It also uses the fact that the ring buffer is broken up into pages,
> > where each page has its own timestamp that gets updated when a
> > writer crosses over to it. By copying it to the temp buffer, and
> > doing a "before and after" test of the time stamp with memory barriers,
> > can allow the events to be saved.
>
> Does this mean the you will no longer be able to look at a snapshot
> of the trace by running 'less trace' (and typically going to the end
> to get info for all cpus).

I changed patch 9 to be this:

It adds an option "pause-on-trace" that when set, will bring back the
old behavior of pausing recording to the ring buffer when the trace
file is open.

If needed, I can add a kernel command line option and a Kconfig that
makes this set to true by default.

-- Steve

From 71f44d604e5b16cc239d6276b447a515448f582f Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: "Steven Rostedt (VMware)" <rostedt@goodmis.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2020 17:32:31 -0400
Subject: [PATCH] tracing: Do not disable tracing when reading the trace file

When opening the "trace" file, it is no longer necessary to disable tracing.

Note, a new option is created called "pause-on-trace", when set, will cause
the trace file to emulate its original behavior.

Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/20200317213416.903351225@goodmis.org

Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt (VMware) <rostedt@goodmis.org>
---
Documentation/trace/ftrace.rst | 6 ++++++
kernel/trace/trace.c | 9 ++++++---
kernel/trace/trace.h | 1 +
3 files changed, 13 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/trace/ftrace.rst b/Documentation/trace/ftrace.rst
index 99a0890e20ec..c33950a35d65 100644
--- a/Documentation/trace/ftrace.rst
+++ b/Documentation/trace/ftrace.rst
@@ -1125,6 +1125,12 @@ Here are the available options:
the trace displays additional information about the
latency, as described in "Latency trace format".

+ pause-on-trace
+ When set, opening the trace file for read, will pause
+ writing to the ring buffer (as if tracing_on was set to zero).
+ This simulates the original behavior of the trace file.
+ When the file is closed, tracing will be enabled again.
+
record-cmd
When any event or tracer is enabled, a hook is enabled
in the sched_switch trace point to fill comm cache
diff --git a/kernel/trace/trace.c b/kernel/trace/trace.c
index 47889123be7f..650fa81fffe8 100644
--- a/kernel/trace/trace.c
+++ b/kernel/trace/trace.c
@@ -4273,8 +4273,11 @@ __tracing_open(struct inode *inode, struct file *file, bool snapshot)
if (trace_clocks[tr->clock_id].in_ns)
iter->iter_flags |= TRACE_FILE_TIME_IN_NS;

- /* stop the trace while dumping if we are not opening "snapshot" */
- if (!iter->snapshot)
+ /*
+ * If pause-on-trace is enabled, then stop the trace while
+ * dumping, unless this is the "snapshot" file
+ */
+ if (!iter->snapshot && (tr->trace_flags & TRACE_ITER_PAUSE_ON_TRACE))
tracing_stop_tr(tr);

if (iter->cpu_file == RING_BUFFER_ALL_CPUS) {
@@ -4371,7 +4374,7 @@ static int tracing_release(struct inode *inode, struct file *file)
if (iter->trace && iter->trace->close)
iter->trace->close(iter);

- if (!iter->snapshot)
+ if (!iter->snapshot && tr->stop_count)
/* reenable tracing if it was previously enabled */
tracing_start_tr(tr);

diff --git a/kernel/trace/trace.h b/kernel/trace/trace.h
index c61e1b1c85a6..f37e05135986 100644
--- a/kernel/trace/trace.h
+++ b/kernel/trace/trace.h
@@ -1302,6 +1302,7 @@ extern int trace_get_user(struct trace_parser *parser, const char __user *ubuf,
C(IRQ_INFO, "irq-info"), \
C(MARKERS, "markers"), \
C(EVENT_FORK, "event-fork"), \
+ C(PAUSE_ON_TRACE, "pause-on-trace"), \
FUNCTION_FLAGS \
FGRAPH_FLAGS \
STACK_FLAGS \
--
2.20.1
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