Re: [PATCH 1/1] hung_task debugging: Add tracepoint to report thehang

From: Oleg Nesterov
Date: Tue Oct 29 2013 - 15:09:12 EST

On 10/20, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> * Oleg Nesterov <oleg@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Currently check_hung_task() prints a warning if it detects the problem,
> > but it is not convenient to watch the system logs if user-space wants to
> > be notified about the hang.
> >
> > Add the new trace_sched_process_hang() into check_hung_task(), this way
> > a user-space monitor can easily wait for the hang and potentially
> > resolve a problem.
> I'm wondering, is the data of trace_console() in kernel/printk/printk.c
> not sufficient?

Probably yes... I do not think they disable CONFIG_PRINTK.

But this is obviously much less convenient, they will need to parse the
text. And the user-space watchdog will be woken up much more often than
necessary. And they could probably simply read /var/log or interact with
syslogd somehow, but they specially asked for something better and more

But of course, I understand that every tracepoint should be justified.
So if you do not like this change I try to convince them to use

> If it's not enough then it might be better to add a higher level printk
> tracepoint instead - that can catch hung_task messages and (much) more.

Not sure I understand... I mean I do not understand why this is really
better for them, except this will simplify the parsing a bit. Anyway
I'd prefer to not send another doubtful patch ;)



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