|From:||Steven Rostedt <srostedt-AT-redhat.com>|
|To:||Greg KH <greg-AT-kroah.com>|
|Subject:||Re: [PATCH 1/5] debugfs - Fix mount directory of debugfs by default in events.txt|
|Date:||Mon, 07 Sep 2009 18:27:00 -0400|
|Cc:||Peter Zijlstra <peterz-AT-infradead.org>, leemgs1-AT-gmail.com, linux-kernel <linux-kernel-AT-vger.kernel.org>, mathieu.desnoyers-AT-polymtl.ca, Christoph Hellwig <hch-AT-infradead.org>|
On Mon, 2009-09-07 at 14:30 -0700, Greg KH wrote: > > > > From what people tell me it wasn't a clear consensus. > > Specifics please. Well I still avoid it. I've been broken into telling people publicly to mount it in /sys/kernel/debug, but I've never done it myself. > > > > So what is the problem? > > > > Its not related to sysfs in any way I can discover, > > So, other filesystems are mounted in sysfs, and in /proc for many years. > > > its not consistent with most of the other virtual fs', > > What do you mean by this? > > > and its way too much typing. > > tab completion is your friend, as is environment variables. Don't > choose stuff just because you are lazy :) /sy <tab> k <tab> d <tab> or /deb <tab> I like the second one much better. > > > we don't mount /dev, /proc, /sys in weird places either, so why should > > we mount /debug in a cumbersome location. > > Because it is a _kernel_ debug thing, not a system-level debug thing. > What would userspace developers think about /debug ? Why would they > care about such a thing? > > As much as we tend to ignore it, kernel developers are not the primary, > or only, users of Linux :) Actually this is a very good point. I think that the tracing system has matured beyond a "debug" level and is being enabled on production systems. Both fedora and debian are now shipping kernels with it enabled. Perhaps we should create another pseudo fs that can be like debugfs but for stable ABIs. A new interface could start out in debugfs, but when it has reached a stable interface, then it could be moved to another location to signal this. /proc has been criticized for the pollution of non process related information. This happened because there was no place else to place it. Then came /sys which was suppose to take over this, but IMHO, it is too over-engineered and too complex to use (I still stumble over kobjects). I found that debugfs was a nice and simple interface to use. What about creating a new fs that works like debugfs but is for stable interfaces and can be mounted at root? /kernel? -- Steve
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