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From: "K. Prasad" <prasad@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
To: David Wilder <dwilder@us.ibm.com>
Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, systemtap@sourceware.org,
	prasadav@us.ibm.com, hch@infradead.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/3] A kernel tracing interface
Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 11:06:05 +0530	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20080229053605.GA10497@in.ibm.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <47C70E25.5020708@us.ibm.com>

On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 11:40:21AM -0800, David Wilder wrote:
> Andrew Morton wrote:
> >On Tue, 26 Feb 2008 14:38:37 -0800 "David J. Wilder" <dwilder@us.ibm.com> 
> >wrote:
> >
> >>These patches provide a kernel tracing interface called "trace".
> >>
> >>ChangeLog:
> >>-Updated to 2.6.25-rc2-mm1
> >>-Removed sem_watch example, to hard to maintain.
> >>-Added a new example that demonstrates per-cpu continuous tracing
> >> of data generated using marker probes.
> >>-Removed inline from relay patch.
> >>-Moved examples into /sample directory.
> >>
> >>The motivation for "trace" is to:
> >>- Provide a simple set of tracing primitives that will utilize the high-
> >>  performance and low-overhead of relayfs for passing traces data from
> >>  kernel to user space.
> >>- Provide a common user interface for managing kernel traces.
> >>- Allow for binary as well as ascii trace data.
> >>- Incorporate features from the systemtap runtime that are
> >>  useful to others.
> >
> >So... what's the story on this versus lttng?
> 
> Trace is simpler to use and a smaller bit of code than lttng.
> It may not have all the features of lttng but it is good starting point 
> that can be expanded upon.  I have several users of trace that just 
> wanted a simple way to get data out of the kernel without the overhead 
> of lttng trace is working well for them.  Trace also works well with 
> markers and kprobes.  For example systemtap is is using the basic trace 
> code to gather data from kprobes and markers.
> >
> >Is there some userspace code available for people to test this?  Maybe it's
> >mentioned and I missed it.
> 
> I purposely designed trace so no special user code is required to gather 
> trace data. Standard user utilities like cat, grep, sort and more is all 
> that is needed.  I show an example in /samples/trace/fork_trace.c.
> 
> However since trace uses relay as its transport any user interfaces 
> provided by relay can be used to read trace data. (documented in 
> /Documentation/relay.txt)
> 
> >
> >It'd be interesting to see a writeup of the proposed kernel<->userspace
> >interfaces.  I see a description of kernel-internal interfaces, but how do
> >users use it?
> 
> I will add some text in the documentation.
> >
> >I see it uses things from blktrace.  Can blktrace be switched over to being
> >a client of this code?
> 
> yep.
>
Dave,
	I might also want to add to the discussion by stating that you
will find a user for the 'trace' infrastructure in the marker handler 
code of the proposed markers for futex subsystem. I hope to post the 
patches soon to the community.

Thanks,
K.Prasad
 

  reply	other threads:[~2008-02-29  5:36 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-02-26 22:38 David J. Wilder
2008-02-28 10:04 ` Andrew Morton
2008-02-28 19:40   ` David Wilder
2008-02-29  5:36     ` K. Prasad [this message]
2008-02-29 12:08       ` K. Prasad
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2007-11-13  1:02 David J. Wilder
2007-10-02 18:55 David J. Wilder
2007-10-02 16:33 David J. Wilder

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