Re: [PATCH v4 2/3] Support for perf to probe into SDT markers:

From: Ingo Molnar
Date: Sat Oct 26 2013 - 05:50:32 EST

* Srikar Dronamraju <srikar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi Pekka,
> > >
> > > You can now use it in all perf tools, such as:
> > >
> > > perf record -e libc:my_event -aR sleep 1
> >
> > Is there a technical reason why 'perf list' could not show all the
> > available SDT markers on a system and that the 'market to event'
> > mapping cannot happen automatically?
> >
> Technically feasible. But then we would have to parse each of the
> libraries and executables to list them. Right? I am not sure if
> such a delay is acceptable.

I'd say lets try Pekka's suggestion and make it more palatable if
there's complaints about the delay. (SSD systems are becoming
dominant and there the search should be reasonably fast.)

We could also make 'perf list' more sophisticated, if invoked
naively as 'perf list' then maybe it should first display the
various event categories, with a (rough) count:

$ perf list
34 hardware events # use 'perf list --hw' to list them
40 hw-cache events # use 'perf list --cache' to list them
20 software events # use 'perf list --sw' to list them
2 raw events # use 'perf list --raw' to list them
120 tracepoints # use 'perf list --tp' to list them
>10 SDT tracepoints # use 'perf list --sdt' to list them

# use 'perf list -a' to list all events
# use 'perf list ./binary' to list events in a given binary

I.e. bring a bit more structure into it.

> Also if a binary exists in a path thats is not covered in the
> default search, an user might believe that his binary may not have
> markers. I know the above reason is more of a user folly than a
> tooling issue.

I think in 99% of the usecases people will either use pre-built
markers that come with their distro, or will be intimately aware of
the markers because they are in the very app they are developing.

So I wouldn't worry about 'user has a weird binary' case too much.

I agree with Pekka that making them easily discoverable and visible
as a coherent whole is really important.


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