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SubjectRe: [PATCH] tracing: Fix printing ptrs in preempt/irq enable/disable events
On 07/12/2019 00:00, Antonio Borneo wrote:
> At login:
> trace-cmd record -e preemptirq:irq_enable sleep 1
> trace-cmd report trace.dat | head
> and I incorrectly get only the offsets to _stext:
> cpus=1
> sleep-197 [000] 280.378022: irq_enable: caller=0x1afaS parent=0xc00091S
> sleep-197 [000] 280.378026: irq_enable: caller=0x54d34S parent=0x78e00000S
> sleep-197 [000] 280.378029: irq_enable: caller=0x1afaS parent=0xc00a84S
> sleep-197 [000] 280.378032: irq_enable: caller=0x263dS parent=0x78e00000S
> ...
> With this patch I get the expected/right result:
> cpus=1
> sleep-210 [000] 525.177583: irq_enable: caller=trace_hardirqs_on_thunk parent=entry_SYSCALL_64_after_hwframe
> sleep-210 [000] 525.177587: irq_enable: caller=__do_page_fault parent=(nil)S
> sleep-210 [000] 525.177590: irq_enable: caller=trace_hardirqs_on_thunk parent=swapgs_restore_regs_and_return_to_usermode
> sleep-210 [000] 525.177593: irq_enable: caller=do_syscall_64 parent=(nil)S
> ...

FWIW Ambroise (in Cc) and I were staring at some irq enable/disable traces,
and encountered exactly this on a Pixel3 running a mainline kernel. With
Antonio's patch we got the expected result, so you can have:

Tested-by: Valentin Schneider <>

>> I am not comfortable with this patch at the moment, mainly because it will
>> increase the size of this rather high frequency event. But I'm not saying
>> there isn't an issue on 32-bit. Let's discuss more.
> Sure, the pressure on the trace buffer will increase on a 64 bit system, but in general it also has more memory than an embedded 32 bit system.
> The key point is, instead, can we feel safe with a 32 bit offset in a 64 bit system? Is there any guarantee a module is loaded within 32 bits offset from _stext?

You're better placed than I to know if and when this is the case, but I
wouldn't use this in a production environment. To me this is more of a
debugging tool (and a really good one at that), so I am less concerned
about the memory overhead.

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