[PATCH v3 0/5] perf/sdt: SDT events listing/probing

From: Hemant Kumar
Date: Fri Oct 10 2014 - 06:58:04 EST

This patchset helps in listing dtrace style markers(SDT) present in user space
applications through perf.
Notes/markers are placed at important places by the
developers. They have a negligible overhead when not enabled.
We can enable them and probe at these places and find some important information
like the arguments' values, etc.

We have lots of applications which use SDT markers today, like:
Postgresql, MySql, Mozilla, Perl, Python, Java, Ruby, libvirt, QEMU, glib

To add SDT markers into user applications:
We need to have this header sys/sdt.h present.
sys/sdt.h used is version 3.
If not present, install systemtap-sdt-devel package (for fedora-20).
With this patchset,
- Use perf sdt-cache --add to add SDT events to a cache.
# perf sdt-cache --add ./user_app

4 SDT events added for /home/user/user_app

- Use perf sdt-cache --del to remove SDT events from the cache>
# perf sdt-cache --del ./user_app

4 events removed for /home/user/user_app

- Dump the cache onto stdout using perf sdt-cache --dump:
# perf sdt-cache --dump
/home/user/user_app :

- To probe and trace an SDT event :
# perf record -e %libc:setjmp -aR sleep 10

The support for perf to sdt events has undergone a lot of changes since it was
introduced. After a lot of discussions (https://lkml.org/lkml/2014/7/20/284),the
patchset is subdivided for ease of review.
Previously, a patchset supporting "perf list sdt" was posted, but it wasn't very
helpful, since only listing SDT events for an ELF won't help.
This patchset aims at adding a sub-command "sdt-cache" to perf to manage a cache
for management of the SDT events.

This link shows an example of marker probing with Systemtap:

This link provides important info regarding SDT notes:

- Markers in binaries :
These SDT markers are present in the ELF in the section named
Here, the name of the marker, its provider, type, location, base
address, semaphore address.
We can retrieve these values using the members name_off and desc_off in
Nhdr structure. If these are not enabled, they are present in the ELF as nop.

Changes since v2 :
- Changed list_head to hlist_head in the hash_tables.
- Changed the cache reading and parsing methods.
- Implemented other necessary changes and modifications suggested by
Masami and Namhyung.

- Add support to add most of the SDT events on a system to the cache.
- Recognizing arguments and support to probe on them.

Hemant Kumar (5):
perf/sdt: ELF support for SDT
perf/sdt: Add SDT events into a cache
perf/sdt: Show SDT cache contents
perf/sdt: Delete SDT events from cache
perf/sdt: Add support to perf record to trace SDT events

tools/perf/Documentation/perf-sdt-cache.txt | 36 +
tools/perf/Makefile.perf | 4
tools/perf/builtin-record.c | 22 +
tools/perf/builtin-sdt-cache.c | 112 +++
tools/perf/builtin.h | 1
tools/perf/command-list.txt | 1
tools/perf/perf.c | 1
tools/perf/util/parse-events.c | 6
tools/perf/util/parse-events.h | 7
tools/perf/util/probe-event.c | 121 +++-
tools/perf/util/probe-event.h | 7
tools/perf/util/probe-finder.c | 3
tools/perf/util/sdt.c | 866 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
tools/perf/util/symbol-elf.c | 257 ++++++++
tools/perf/util/symbol.h | 23 +
15 files changed, 1444 insertions(+), 23 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 tools/perf/Documentation/perf-sdt-cache.txt
create mode 100644 tools/perf/builtin-sdt-cache.c
create mode 100644 tools/perf/util/sdt.c


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