|| ||Mathieu Desnoyers <mathieu.desnoyers-AT-efficios.com> |
|| ||Ingo Molnar <mingo-AT-elte.hu> |
|| ||Re: [PATCH 0/18] Allow different tracers to be compiled independently |
|| ||Tue, 23 Mar 2010 08:27:47 -0400|
|| ||Theodore Tso <tytso-AT-MIT.EDU>,
Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec-AT-gmail.com>,
Jan Kara <jack-AT-suse.cz>, Steven Rostedt <rostedt-AT-goodmis.org>,
Thomas Gleixner <tglx-AT-linutronix.de>,
Li Zefan <lizf-AT-cn.fujitsu.com>,
Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra-AT-chello.nl>,
Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat-AT-redhat.com>,
Douglas Santos <douglas.santos-AT-polymtl.ca>|
|| ||Article, Thread
* Ingo Molnar (email@example.com) wrote:
> * Theodore Tso <tytso@MIT.EDU> wrote:
> > On Mar 22, 2010, at 9:04 PM, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> > >
> > > I don't know. Yeah this first looks like a good idea but once
> > > CONFIG_EVENT_TRACING is enabled, each tracepoint is a lightweight thing
> > > and induce a tiny overhead, probably hard to notice, and this is going to
> > > be even more the case after the jmp label optimization patches.
> > >
> > > I liked the fact we had a general tracing kernel once the above config is
> > > selected. And we don't bother telling people that to use tool X you need
> > > CONFIG_EVENT_Y, and you need to rebuild your kernel, etc...
> > Indeed, a lot of the value of tracepoints goes away if people are compiling
> > kernels without them and we need to get a special "tracing kernel" installed
> > before we can debug a problem.
> > So I'd hope we can do the necessary optimization work so people don't feel
> > it's necessary to enable or disable tracepoints by subsystem....
> Yeah, agreed. Ultra-embedded can disable them all, but other than that i think
> we should not make it too finegrained as a lot of tooling value is in the
> 'critical mass' that tracepoints have achieved. The power events tracepoints
> are most useful when combined with scheduling events, etc.
We're in complete agreement here. When I considered if it was worth it to create
such a per-tracepoint group compile-time disabling in the first place, I decided
not to do it precisely due to the added-value that comes with the availability
of system-wide tracepoints. And I think with the static jump patching, we are
now at a point where the overhead is stunningly low.
Now, space-wise, the one thing I would consider appropriate as a compromise for
small embedded systems would be to allow the TRACE_EVENT probes to be compiled
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