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SubjectRe: [PATCH V4 03/13] kprobes: Add symbols for kprobe insn pages
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On 24/03/20 2:31 pm, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 04, 2020 at 11:06:23AM +0200, Adrian Hunter wrote:
>> Symbols are needed for tools to describe instruction addresses. Pages
>> allocated for kprobe's purposes need symbols to be created for them.
>> Add such symbols to be visible via /proc/kallsyms.
>>
>> Note: kprobe insn pages are not used if ftrace is configured. To see the
>> effect of this patch, the kernel must be configured with:
>>
>> # CONFIG_FUNCTION_TRACER is not set
>> CONFIG_KPROBES=y
>>
>> and for optimised kprobes:
>>
>> CONFIG_OPTPROBES=y
>>
>> Example on x86:
>>
>> # perf probe __schedule
>> Added new event:
>> probe:__schedule (on __schedule)
>> # cat /proc/kallsyms | grep '\[__builtin__kprobes\]'
>> ffffffffc00d4000 t kprobe_insn_page [__builtin__kprobes]
>> ffffffffc00d6000 t kprobe_optinsn_page [__builtin__kprobes]
>>
>
> I'm confused; why are you iterating pages and not slots? A 'page' is not
> a symbol, they contain text, sometimes.

A symbol for each slot is not necessary, and it doesn't look like the slots
can be walked without taking a mutex, which is a problem for kallsyms.

>
> If you iterate slots you can even get them a proper name; something
> like:
>
> optinsn-sym+xxx [__builtin__kprobes]
>
> insn-sym+xxx [__builtin__kprobes]
>

Addresses resolve to the previous symbol plus an offset, so it seems to me
that the only difference in what you are proposing is the symbol name, which
can be changed if you like.

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