Re: [RFC PATCH 1/4] kmemtrace: Core implementation.

From: Matt Mackall
Date: Fri Jul 18 2008 - 16:12:26 EST

On Fri, 2008-07-18 at 22:40 +0300, Eduard - Gabriel Munteanu wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 05:38:04PM +0300, Pekka Enberg wrote:
> > Hi Eduard-Gabriel,
> > > I do expect to keep things source-compatible, but even
> > > binary-compatible? Developers debug and write patches on the latest kernel,
> > > not on a 6-month-old kernel. Isn't it reasonable that they would
> > > recompile kmemtrace along with the kernel?
> >
> > Yes, I do think it's unreasonable. I, for one, am hoping distributions
> > will pick up the kmemtrace userspace at some point after which I don't
> > need to ever compile it myself.
> Ok, I agree it's nice to have it in distros. I wasn't planning for this,
> but it's good to know others' expectations.

It's worth pointing out that this is one of the big downfalls of things
like systemtap. If a tool can't just work out of the box for a distro,
it's basically a non-starter for most users.

Mathematics is the supreme nostalgia of our time.

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