[RFC PATCH -tip 0/5] kprobes: Abolish jprobe APIs

From: Masami Hiramatsu
Date: Thu Oct 05 2017 - 19:13:56 EST


This series abolishes jprobe APIs and remove or disable related
code. This is a preparation of removing all jprobe code (including
kprobe's break_handler.)
I'm not so sure how many jprobe users still exists, but
please migrate your tool to trace-event or perf-probe.

As we discussed this thread ( https://lkml.org/lkml/2017/10/2/386 ),
we decided to remove jprobe.

Nowadays ftrace and other tracing features are enough matured
to replace jprobe use-cases. Users can safely use ftrace and
perf probe etc. for their use cases. So we have better way.
IOW, jprobe finished its task.

People who still use jprobe, must migrate to other tracing features.
Please consider to migrate your tool to following options.

- Use trace-event to trace target function with arguments
trace-event is a low-overhead (and almost no visible overhead if it
is off) statically defined event interface. You can define new events
and trace it via ftrace or any other tracing tools.
See following urls,
- https://lwn.net/Articles/379903/
- https://lwn.net/Articles/381064/
- https://lwn.net/Articles/383362/

- Use ftrace dynamic events (kprobe event) with perf-probe
If you build your kernel with debug info (CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO), you can
find which register/stack is assigned to which local variable or arguments
by using perf-probe and set up new event to trace it.
See following documents,
- Documentation/trace/kprobetrace.txt
- Documentation/trace/events.txt
- tools/perf/Documentation/perf-probe.txt

As far as I can see, tcp probe, dccp probe, sctp probe and lkdtm
are using jprobe to probe function. Please consider to migrate.

Thank you,


Masami Hiramatsu (5):
kprobes: Use ENOTSUPP instead of ENOSYS
kprobes: Abolish jprobe APIs
kprobes: Disable jprobe test code
kprobes: Remove jprobe sample code
kprobes: docs: Remove jprobe related document

Documentation/kprobes.txt | 153 +++++++++++++-------------------------
include/linux/kprobes.h | 52 ++++++-------
kernel/kprobes.c | 6 +
kernel/test_kprobes.c | 9 ++
samples/kprobes/Makefile | 2
samples/kprobes/jprobe_example.c | 67 -----------------
6 files changed, 88 insertions(+), 201 deletions(-)
delete mode 100644 samples/kprobes/jprobe_example.c

Masami Hiramatsu (Linaro) <mhiramat@xxxxxxxxxx>