Re: [patch 1/9] Conditional Calls - Architecture Independent Code

From: Adrian Bunk
Date: Thu Jun 14 2007 - 17:06:56 EST

On Thu, Jun 14, 2007 at 12:02:42PM -0400, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> Well, we must take into account where these markers are added and how
> often the marked code is run. Since I mark very highly used code paths
> (interrupt handlers, page faults, lockdep code) and also plan to mark
> other code paths like the VM subsystem, adding cycles to these code
> paths seems like a no-go solution for standard distribution kernels.
> People can get really picky when they have to decide wether or not they
> compile-in a profiling or tracing infrastructure in a distribution
> kernel. If the impact is detectable when they are not doing any tracing
> nor profiling, their reflex will be to compile it out so they can have
> the "maximum performance". This is why I am going through the trouble of
> making the markers impact as small as possible.

Now that we finally hear what this code is required for, can we discuss
on this basis whether this is wanted and required?

Including the question which abuse possibilities such an infrastructure
offers, and whether this is wanted in distribution kernels.

> Mathieu



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