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Subject[PATCH v15 02/15] tracing: Make hist trigger Documentation better reflect actions/handlers
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From: Tom Zanussi <tom.zanussi@linux.intel.com>

The action/handler code refactoring didn't change the action/handler
syntax, but did generalize it - the Documentation should reflect that.

Signed-off-by: Tom Zanussi <tom.zanussi@linux.intel.com>
---
Documentation/trace/histogram.rst | 56 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---------
1 file changed, 43 insertions(+), 13 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/trace/histogram.rst b/Documentation/trace/histogram.rst
index 7dda76503127..63e522107e59 100644
--- a/Documentation/trace/histogram.rst
+++ b/Documentation/trace/histogram.rst
@@ -25,7 +25,7 @@ Documentation written by Tom Zanussi

hist:keys=<field1[,field2,...]>[:values=<field1[,field2,...]>]
[:sort=<field1[,field2,...]>][:size=#entries][:pause][:continue]
- [:clear][:name=histname1] [if <filter>]
+ [:clear][:name=histname1][:<handler>.<action>] [if <filter>]

When a matching event is hit, an entry is added to a hash table
using the key(s) and value(s) named. Keys and values correspond to
@@ -1831,21 +1831,51 @@ and looks and behaves just like any other event::
Like any other event, once a histogram is enabled for the event, the
output can be displayed by reading the event's 'hist' file.

-2.2.3 Hist trigger 'actions'
-----------------------------
+2.2.3 Hist trigger 'handlers' and 'actions'
+-------------------------------------------

-A hist trigger 'action' is a function that's executed whenever a
-histogram entry is added or updated.
+A hist trigger 'action' is a function that's executed (in most cases
+conditionally) whenever a histogram entry is added or updated.

-The default 'action' if no special function is explicitly specified is
-as it always has been, to simply update the set of values associated
-with an entry. Some applications, however, may want to perform
-additional actions at that point, such as generate another event, or
-compare and save a maximum.
+When a histogram entry is added or updated, a hist trigger 'handler'
+is what decides whether the corresponding action is actually invoked
+or not.

-The following additional actions are available. To specify an action
-for a given event, simply specify the action between colons in the
-hist trigger specification.
+Hist trigger handlers and actions are paired together in the general
+form:
+
+ <handler>.<action>
+
+To specify a handler.action pair for a given event, simply specify
+that handler.action pair between colons in the hist trigger
+specification.
+
+In theory, any handler can be combined with any action, but in
+practice, not every handler.action combination is currently supported;
+if a given handler.action combination isn't supported, the hist
+trigger will fail with -EINVAL;
+
+The default 'handler.action' if none is explicity specified is as it
+always has been, to simply update the set of values associated with an
+entry. Some applications, however, may want to perform additional
+actions at that point, such as generate another event, or compare and
+save a maximum.
+
+The supported handlers and actions are listed below, and each is
+described in more detail in the following paragraphs, in the context
+of descriptions of some common and useful handler.action combinations.
+
+The available handlers are:
+
+ - onmatch(matching.event) - invoke action on any addition or update
+ - onmax(var) - invoke action if var exceeds current max
+
+The available actions are:
+
+ - <synthetic_event_name>(param list) - generate synthetic event
+ - save(field,...) - save current event fields
+
+The following commonly-used handler.action pairs are available:

- onmatch(matching.event).<synthetic_event_name>(param list)

--
2.14.1
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