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Re: [PATCH v2 2.6.38-rc8-tip 0/20] 0: Inode based uprobes

From:  Thomas Gleixner <>
To:  Andi Kleen <>
Subject:  Re: [PATCH v2 2.6.38-rc8-tip 0/20] 0: Inode based uprobes
Date:  Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:43:01 +0100 (CET)
Message-ID:  <alpine.LFD.2.00.1103152038280.2787@localhost6.localdomain6>
Cc:  Andrew Morton <>, Srikar Dronamraju <>, Peter Zijlstra <>, Ingo Molnar <>, Steven Rostedt <>, Linux-mm <>, Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>, Linus Torvalds <>, Masami Hiramatsu <>, Christoph Hellwig <>, Ananth N Mavinakayanahalli <>, Oleg Nesterov <>, Jim Keniston <>, Roland McGrath <>, SystemTap <>, LKML <>, "Paul E. McKenney" <>
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On Tue, 15 Mar 2011, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > > How do you envisage these features actually get used?  For example,
> > > will gdb be modified?  Will other debuggers be modified or written?
> > 
> > How about answering this question first _BEFORE_ advertising
> > systemtap?
> I thought this was obvious.  systemtap is essentially a script driven 
> debugger. 

Oh thanks for the clarification. I always wondered why a computer
would need a tap.

And it does not matter at all whether systemtap can use this or
not. If the main debuggers used like gdb are not going to use it then
it's a complete waste. We don't need another debugging interface just
for a single esoteric use case.



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