Re: [PATCH 08/13 v2] ftrace: do not trace init sections

From: Jan Kiszka
Date: Thu Oct 23 2008 - 07:16:27 EST

Steven Rostedt wrote:
> The recordmcount script is now robust enough not to process any sections
> but the .text section. But the gcc compiler still adds a call to mcount.
> Note: The function mcount looks like:
> ENTRY(mcount)
> ret
> END(mcount)
> Which means the overhead is just a return.
> This patch adds notrace to the init sections to not even bother calling
> mcount (which simply returns).

Sorry for a potentially dumb question (didn't follow all recent ftrace
developments), but doesn't this mean that code in such sections is now
invisible for all tracers, even with dynamic tracing disabled (in which
case they should cause no problem)? What if you *do* want to have such
functions in your trace as they may contribute to problem or give other
useful hints?


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