Re: [RFC] systemtap: begin the process of using proper kernel APIs (part1: use kprobe symbol_name/offset instead of address)
From: Frank Ch. Eigler
Date: Fri Jul 18 2008 - 09:31:22 EST
On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 03:10:27PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > For example, we're about to do unwinding/stack-traces of userspace
> > programs. To what extent do you think the kernel unwinder (should one
> > reappear in git) would welcome patches that provide zero benefit to
> > the kernel, but only enable a peculiar (nonintrusive) sort of
> > unwinding we would need for complex userspace stacks?
> I think sysprof (kernel/trace/trace_sysprof.c) already does user-space
> stack unwinding. So pushing that capability further up the chain when a
> second user (stap) comes along makes perfect sense.
trace_sysprof relies on dump_stack, which is x86-only and does not do
elf/dwarf unwinding proper. (Likewise oprofile, etc.) They can't
even start, because they don't have unwind data available - something
we plan to make available to the systemtap runtime.
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