Re: [PATCH 2/2] sched/debug: add sched_update_nr_running tracepoint

From: Qais Yousef
Date: Wed Sep 04 2019 - 10:20:26 EST

On 09/04/19 09:06, Joel Fernandes wrote:
> >
> > It is actually true.
> >
> > But you need to make the distinction between a tracepoint
> > and a trace event first.
> I know this distinction well.
> > What Valentin is talking about here is the *bare*
> > tracepoint without any event associated with them like the one I added to the
> > scheduler recently. These ones are not accessible via eBPF, unless something
> > has changed since I last tried.
> Can this tracepoint be registered on with tracepoint_probe_register()?
> Quickly looking at these new tracepoint, they can be otherwise how would they
> even work right? If so, then eBPF can very well access it. Look at
> __bpf_probe_register() and bpf_raw_tracepoint_open() which implement the

Humm okay. I tried to use raw tracepoint with bcc but failed to attach. But
maybe I missed something on the way it should be used. AFAICT it was missing
the bits that I implemented in [1]. Maybe the method you mention is lower level
than bcc.

> > The current infrastructure needs to be expanded to allow eBPF to attach these
> > bare tracepoints. Something similar to what I have in [1] is needed - but
> > instead of creating a new macro it needs to expand the current macro. [2] might
> > give full context of when I was trying to come up with alternatives to using
> > trace events.
> >
> > [1]
> > [2]
> As I was mentioning, tracepoints, not "trace events" can already be opened
> directly with BPF. I don't see how these new tracepoints are different.
> I wonder if this distinction of "tracepoint" being non-ABI can be documented
> somewhere. I would be happy to do that if there is a place for the same. I
> really want some general "policy" in the kernel on where we draw a line in
> the sand with respect to tracepoints and ABI :).
> For instance, perhaps VFS can also start having non-ABI tracepoints for the
> benefit of people tracing the VFS.

Good question. I did consider that but failed to come up with a place. AFAIU
the history moved from tracepoints to trace events and now moving back to
tracepoints. Something Steve is not very enthusiastic about.

LPC is coming, sounds like a good venue to discuss this :-)


Qais Yousef