Re: [PATCH 1/2] SDT markers listing by perf

From: Masami Hiramatsu
Date: Wed Sep 25 2013 - 00:37:24 EST

(2013/09/15 20:28), Hemant wrote:
> Hi Masami,

Hi, and sorry for replying so late. I missed this in my mailbox.

> On 09/04/2013 01:31 PM, Masami Hiramatsu wrote:
>> (2013/09/04 15:42), Namhyung Kim wrote:
>>> On Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:06:55 +0530, Hemant Kumar wrote:
>>> [SNIP]
>>>> diff --git a/tools/perf/builtin-probe.c b/tools/perf/builtin-probe.c
>>>> index e8a66f9..3d8dcdf 100644
>>>> --- a/tools/perf/builtin-probe.c
>>>> +++ b/tools/perf/builtin-probe.c
>>>> @@ -55,6 +55,7 @@ static struct {
>>>> bool show_funcs;
>>>> bool mod_events;
>>>> bool uprobes;
>>>> + bool sdt;
>>>> int nevents;
>>>> struct perf_probe_event events[MAX_PROBES];
>>>> struct strlist *dellist;
>>>> @@ -325,6 +326,8 @@ int cmd_probe(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix __maybe_unused)
>>>> opt_set_filter),
>>>> OPT_CALLBACK('x', "exec", NULL, "executable|path",
>>>> "target executable name or path", opt_set_target),
>>>> + OPT_BOOLEAN('S', "sdt", &params.sdt,
>>>> + "Show and probe on the SDT markers"),
>>> You need to add it to Documentation/perf-probe.txt too. In addition if
>>> the --sdt option is only able to work with libelf, it should be wrapped
>>> into the #ifdef LIBELF_SUPPORT pair.
>>> And I'm not sure that it's a good idea to have two behavior on a single
>>> option (S) - show and probe (add). Maybe it can be separated into two
>>> or the S option can be used as a flag with existing --list and --add
>>> option?
>> Good catch! :)
>> No, that is really bad idea. All probes must be added by "--add" action.
>> So we need a new probe syntax for specifying sdt marker.
>> How about the below syntax?
>> Of course, this will require to list up all markers with "%" prefix for
>> continuity.
>> And since --list option is to list up all existing(defined) probe events,
>> I think --markers (as like as --funcs) is better for listing it up.
>> Thank you!
> I have one doubt here. Why do we need [ARG ...] in the syntax you
> specified? I believe these args are to fetched from the sdt notes'
> section of the elf of the executable/library. Or am I taking this in a
> wrong way and this suggested syntax is actually for the uprobe_events
> file in the tracing directory?

Hm, indeed. Since all the arguments of the marker is defined in sdt notes,
we actually don't need to specify each of them. However, other probe syntax
has those arguments. I'd like to keep the same syntax style in the
same command (action) for avoiding confusion.
I recommend this way; at the first step, we just find the marker address from
sdt. And next, we will make the argument available. And eventually,
it is better to introduce "$args" meta argument to fetch all the arguments
of the marker.

At this point, we can do

perf probe %foo:bar $args

to trace full information from the marker foo:bar.

Thank you,

IT Management Research Dept. Linux Technology Center
Hitachi, Ltd., Yokohama Research Laboratory

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