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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/6] tracing: Add tp_pstore cmdline to have tracepoints go to pstore
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On 9/26/2018 3:16 PM, Sai Prakash Ranjan wrote:
> On 9/26/2018 2:55 AM, Joel Fernandes wrote:
>> On Sat, Sep 8, 2018 at 1:28 PM Sai Prakash Ranjan
>> <saiprakash.ranjan@codeaurora.org> wrote:
>>>
>>> Add the kernel command line tp_pstore option that will have
>>> tracepoints go to persistent ram buffer as well as to the
>>> trace buffer for further debugging. This is similar to tp_printk
>>> cmdline option of ftrace.
>>>
>>> Pstore support for event tracing is already added and we enable
>>> logging to pstore only if cmdline is specified.
>>>
>>> Passing "tp_pstore" will activate logging to pstore. To turn it
>>> off, the sysctl /proc/sys/kernel/tracepoint_pstore can have '0'
>>> echoed into it. Note, this only works if the cmdline option is
>>> used. Echoing 1 into the sysctl file without the cmdline option
>>> will have no affect.
>>>
>>> Signed-off-by: Sai Prakash Ranjan <saiprakash.ranjan@codeaurora.org>
>>> ---
>>>   .../admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt         | 21 ++++++++
>>>   include/linux/ftrace.h                        |  6 ++-
>>>   kernel/sysctl.c                               |  7 +++
>>>   kernel/trace/Kconfig                          | 22 +++++++-
>>>   kernel/trace/trace.c                          | 51 +++++++++++++++++++
>>>   kernel/trace/trace.h                          |  7 +++
>>>   6 files changed, 112 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>>>
>> [...]
>>>   config GCOV_PROFILE_FTRACE
>>>          bool "Enable GCOV profiling on ftrace subsystem"
>>>          depends on GCOV_KERNEL
>>> @@ -789,4 +810,3 @@ config GCOV_PROFILE_FTRACE
>>>   endif # FTRACE
>>>
>>>   endif # TRACING_SUPPORT
>>> -
>>> diff --git a/kernel/trace/trace.c b/kernel/trace/trace.c
>>> index bf6f1d70484d..018cbbefb769 100644
>>> --- a/kernel/trace/trace.c
>>> +++ b/kernel/trace/trace.c
>>> @@ -73,6 +73,11 @@ struct trace_iterator *tracepoint_print_iter;
>>>   int tracepoint_printk;
>>>   static DEFINE_STATIC_KEY_FALSE(tracepoint_printk_key);
>>>
>>> +/* Pipe tracepoints to pstore */
>>> +struct trace_iterator *tracepoint_pstore_iter;
>>> +int tracepoint_pstore;
>>> +static DEFINE_STATIC_KEY_FALSE(tracepoint_pstore_key);
>>> +
>>>   /* For tracers that don't implement custom flags */
>>>   static struct tracer_opt dummy_tracer_opt[] = {
>>>          { }
>>> @@ -238,6 +243,14 @@ static int __init set_tracepoint_printk(char *str)
>>>   }
>>>   __setup("tp_printk", set_tracepoint_printk);
>>>
>>> +static int __init set_tracepoint_pstore(char *str)
>>> +{
>>> +       if ((strcmp(str, "=0") != 0 && strcmp(str, "=off") != 0))
>>> +               tracepoint_pstore = 1;
>>> +       return 1;
>>> +}
>>> +__setup("tp_pstore", set_tracepoint_pstore);
>>> +
>>>   unsigned long long ns2usecs(u64 nsec)
>>>   {
>>>          nsec += 500;
>>> @@ -2376,11 +2389,45 @@ int tracepoint_printk_sysctl(struct ctl_table
>>> *table, int write,
>>>          return ret;
>>>   }
>>>
>>> +static DEFINE_MUTEX(tracepoint_pstore_mutex);
>>> +
>>> +int tracepoint_pstore_sysctl(struct ctl_table *table, int write,
>>> +                            void __user *buffer, size_t *lenp,
>>> +                            loff_t *ppos)
>>> +{
>>> +       int save_tracepoint_pstore;
>>> +       int ret;
>>> +
>>> +       mutex_lock(&tracepoint_pstore_mutex);
>>> +       save_tracepoint_pstore = tracepoint_pstore;
>>> +
>>> +       ret = proc_dointvec(table, write, buffer, lenp, ppos);
>>> +
>>> +       if (!tracepoint_pstore_iter)
>>> +               tracepoint_pstore = 0;
>>> +
>>> +       if (save_tracepoint_pstore == tracepoint_pstore)
>>> +               goto out;
>>> +
>>> +       if (tracepoint_pstore)
>>> +               static_key_enable(&tracepoint_pstore_key.key);
>>> +       else
>>> +               static_key_disable(&tracepoint_pstore_key.key);
>>> +
>>> + out:
>>> +       mutex_unlock(&tracepoint_pstore_mutex);
>>> +
>>> +       return ret;
>>> +}
>>> +
>>>   void trace_event_buffer_commit(struct trace_event_buffer *fbuffer)
>>>   {
>>>          if (static_key_false(&tracepoint_printk_key.key))
>>>                  output_printk(fbuffer);
>>>
>>> +       if (static_key_false(&tracepoint_pstore_key.key))
>>> +               pstore_event_call(fbuffer);
>>
>> Can you not find a way to pass the size of the even record here, to
>> pstore? Then you can directly allocate and store the binary record in
>> pstore itself instead of rendering and storing the text in pstore
>> which will be more space (and I think time) efficient. I also think if
>> you do this, then you will not need to use the spinlock in the pstore
>> (which AIUI is preventing the warning you're seeing in the
>> event_call->event.funcs->trace() call).
>>
>
> Right, I can check this out.
>

Hi Joel,

Sorry for the long delay in updating this thread.
But I just observed one weird behaviour in ftrace-ramoops when I was
trying to use binary record instead of rendering text for event-ramoops.

Even though we set the ftrace-size in device tree for ramoops, the
actual ftrace-ramoops record seems to have more records than specified size.
Is this expected or some bug?

Below is the ftrace-ramoops size passed in dtsi for db410c and we can
see that the ftrace record is more.

# cat /sys/module/ramoops/parameters/ftrace_size
131072
#
# cat /sys/fs/pstore/ftrace-ramoops-0 | wc -c
560888
#
# cat /sys/fs/pstore/ftrace-ramoops-0 | grep CPU:0 | wc -c
137758
#
# cat /sys/fs/pstore/ftrace-ramoops-0 | grep CPU:1 | wc -c
140560
#
# cat /sys/fs/pstore/ftrace-ramoops-0 | grep CPU:2 | wc -c
141174
#
# cat /sys/fs/pstore/ftrace-ramoops-0 | grep CPU:3 | wc -c
141396
#

I don't see this in console or dmesg ramoops and also with the
event-ramoops which I have posted since we don't use binary record, only
ftrace-ramoops uses binary record to store trace data.

Also regarding the warning on "event_call->event.funcs->trace()" call,
I see it everytime without spinlock. Also we see output_printk using
spinlock when making this call. I could not find a way to pass event
buffer size and allocate in pstore. Steven can give some hints with this
I guess.

Steven Rostedt gave some reviews about using raw_spinlocks for this call
earlier in this thread. So is it right to not use spinlocks for trace
events?

One difference I see in ftrace-ramoops and event-ramoops is that
ftrace-ramoops is not started on boot and event-ramoops logging can be
enabled from boot (late initcall however).

Do let me know if you have any way to avoid this warning which is a race
I think without spinlock.

Thanks,
Sai

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