Re: [PATCH 1/2] Add trace points to mmap, munmap, and brk

From: Eric B Munson
Date: Tue Jul 27 2010 - 07:09:16 EST

On Wed, 21 Jul 2010, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:

> > This patch adds trace points to mmap, munmap, and brk that will report
> > relevant addresses and sizes before each function exits successfully.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Eric B Munson <emunson@xxxxxxxxx>
> I don't think this is good idea. if you need syscall result, you should
> use syscall tracer. IOW, This tracepoint bring zero information.
> Please see perf_event_mmap() usage. Our kernel manage adress space by
> vm_area_struct. we need to trace it if we need to know what kernel does.
> Thanks.

The syscall tracer does not give you the address and size of the mmaped areas
so this does provide information above simply tracing the enter/exit points
for each call.

perf_event_mmap does provide the information for mmap calls. Originally I sent
a patch to add a trace point to munmap and Peter Z asked for corresponding points
in the mmap family. If the consensus is that the trace point in munmap is the
only one that should be added I can resend that patch.

Eric B Munson
IBM Linux Technology Center

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