Re: [PATCH] 9p: remove CONFIG_NET_9P_DEBUG option

From: Aneesh Kumar K.V
Date: Wed Aug 10 2011 - 13:17:53 EST

On Wed, 10 Aug 2011 07:24:56 -0500, Eric Van Hensbergen <ericvh@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 4:13 AM, Aneesh Kumar K.V
> <aneesh.kumar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > On Mon, Â1 Aug 2011 07:14:44 -0500, Alex Ray <alexjray.ncsu@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> Remove the CONFIG_NET_9P_DEBUG option, used to completely remove logging
> >> functionality from v9fs. ÂLogging is (already) controlled with the
> >> run-time debug= option, this gets rid of the compile-time option (which
> >> was being misunderstood and misused).
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Alex Ray <ajray@xxxxxxxx>
> >
> > I see this merged to for-next. ÂDo we know whether enabling debug always have a
> > performance impact ?.
> >
> No clue, but without any debug it makes it impossible for user's to
> generate reasonable bug reports. If I understand the tracepoint
> collection facility correctly, it incurs exactly the same overhead as
> a DPRINT when the debug mount option is set to 0 (although tracepoints
> are much lower overhead when actually collecting).

I was worried about overhead when we are not collecting any debug info.

> Now, one could
> make a case that we have too many DPRINT and need to cut back, but if
> that's the case, let's just get around to it and cleanup a bit.
> All that being said, I welcome anyone to send me performance with and
> without CONFIG_NET_9P_DEBUG turned on to convince me differently.

With tracepoints we should not have much performance impact when tracing is
disabled. So may be the right way to go forward is to convert enough P9_DPRINT
to tracepoint that will aid in better debugging of errors, and retain

I actually converted protocol dump to tracepoints. Other advantages
of switching to tracepoints is the ability to get stack trace,
filtering debug output per mount points, integration with perf tool.

I guess if we can list out which set of P9_DPRINTK will aid better
reporting of bugs then we can look at converting them to
tracepoints. Protocol dump was the immediate one which I found useful.

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