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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] tracepoint: Provide tracepoint_kernel_find_by_name
----- On Mar 27, 2018, at 11:28 AM, joel opensrc wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 6:27 AM, Mathieu Desnoyers
> <> wrote:
> <snip>
>>>> +static void find_tp(struct tracepoint *tp, void *priv)
>>>> +{
>>>> + struct tp_find_args *args = priv;
>>>> +
>>>> + if (!strcmp(tp->name, args->name)) {
>>>> + WARN_ON_ONCE(args->tp);
>>>> + args->tp = tp;
>>> I think this runtime check is not needed if it really can't happen
>>> (linker verifies that already as you mentioned) although I'm not
>>> opposed if you still want to keep it, because there's no way to break
>>> out of the outer loop anyway so I guess your call..
>> We can change the outer loop and break from it if needed, that's not
>> an issue.
>>> I would just do:
>>> if (args->tp)
>>> return;
>>> if find_tp already found the tracepoint.
>>> Tried to also create a duplicate tracepoint and I get:
>>> CC init/version.o
>>> AR init/built-in.o
>>> AR built-in.o
>>> LD vmlinux.o
>>> block/blk-core.o:(__tracepoints+0x440): multiple definition of
>>> `__tracepoint_sched_switch'
>>> kernel/sched/core.o:(__tracepoints+0x440): first defined here
>>> Makefile:1032: recipe for target 'vmlinux' failed
>>> make: *** [vmlinux] Error 1
>> Yeah, as I state in my changelog, I'm very well aware that the linker
>> is able to catch those. This was the purpose of emitting a
>> __tracepoint_##name symbol in the tracepoint definition macro. This
>> WARN_ON_ONCE() is a redundant check for an invariant that we expect
>> is provided by the linker. Given that it's not a fast path, I would
>> prefer to keep this redundant check in place, given that an average
>> factor 2 speedup on a slow path should really not be something we
>> need to optimize for. IMHO, for slow paths, robustness is more important
>> than speed (unless the slow path becomes so slow that it really affects
>> the user).
>> I envision that a way to break this invariant would be to compile a
>> kernel object with gcc -fvisibility=hidden or such. I admit this is
>> particular scenario is really far fetched, but it illustrates why I
>> prefer to keep an extra safety net at runtime for linker-based
>> validations when possible.
>> If a faster tracepoint lookup function is needed, we should consider
>> perfect hashing algorithms done post-build, but so far nobody has
>> complained about speed of this lookup operation. Anyhow a factor 2 in
>> the speed of this lookup should really not matter, right ?
> Yes, I agree with all the great reasons. So lets do it your way then.

Alexei proposed an alternative patch. I don't strongly mind one approach
or the other.



> thanks,
> - Joel

Mathieu Desnoyers
EfficiOS Inc.

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