Re: [PATCH 0/2] ftrace: updates to tip

From: Ingo Molnar
Date: Fri Jan 16 2009 - 18:00:30 EST

* Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> > I was afraid you would say that :-)
> >
> > Yes, we could add something to do this. It would take some thought on
> > a good api, and implementation. This is not an easy task by any means.
> > We need a way to map between a function call and a tracer, where a
> > function call can call more than one tracer.
> Note that some other things could be consolidated under per function
> metadata: for example set_graph_function - which really is a per
> function attribute too. Plus a lot of new things would be enabled i
> think.

a few other things that could be per-function attributes:

- Using function trace 'limits': trace a function 50 times and dont trace
it afterwards. Each invocation of that function decreases the
remaining-count by one. For example:

echo 'btrfs_join_transaction:#2' >> set_ftrace_filter

Would specify that we generate two trace entries of
btrfs_join_transaction(), then stop tracing this function.

- Using function-triggered tracing: a function could be specified (via a
filter format extension) to act as a 'start tracing' trigger. Another
extension would be 'stop tracing' trigger.

For example:

echo 'btrfs_join_transaction:+' >> set_ftrace_filter
echo 'btrfs_commit_transaction:-' >> set_ftrace_filter

The '+' is a start-tracing trigger condition, the '-' is a stop-tracing
trigger condition. All function calls between btrfs_join_transaction()
and btrfs_commit_transaction() would be traced.

The two could be combined - to generate the trace of a single btrfs
transaction, one could do:

echo 0 > tracing_enabled
echo 'btrfs_join_transaction:+#1' >> set_ftrace_filter
echo 'btrfs_commit_transaction:-#1' >> set_ftrace_filter
echo 1 > tracing_enabled

Other extensions are possible too:

- Trace length triggers. For example one could do:

echo 'btrfs_join_transaction:+*#10' >> set_ftrace_filter

To trace 10 function calls [allowed by current filter settings] after
the first btrfs_join_transaction() call - and stop tracing after those
10 trace entries.

This would allow the creation of "surgical" one-time traces - of events
and functions one is specifically interested in.

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at