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SubjectRe: [PATCHv5,RESEND 4/8] gpu: host1x: Add debug support
On Wed, Feb 06, 2013 at 12:58:19PM -0800, Terje Bergström wrote:
> On 05.02.2013 01:15, Thierry Reding wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 04, 2013 at 08:41:25PM -0800, Terje Bergström wrote:
> >> This is used by debugfs code to direct to debugfs, and
> >> nvhost_debug_dump() to send via printk.
> >
> > Yes, that was precisely my point. Why bother providing the same data via
> > several output methods. debugfs is good for showing large amounts of
> > data such as register dumps or a tabular representation of syncpoints
> > for instance.
> >
> > If, however, you want to interactively show debug information using
> > printk the same format isn't very useful and something more reduced is
> > often better.
> debugfs is there to be able to get a reliable dump of host1x state
> (f.ex. no lines intermixed with other output).
> printk output is there because often we get just UART logs from failure
> cases, and having as much information as possible in the logs speeds up
> debugging.
> Both of them need to output the values of sync points, and the channel
> state. Dumping all of that consists of a lot of code, and I wouldn't
> want to duplicate that for two output formats.

I'm still not convinced, but I think I could live with it. =)

> >> I have another suggestion. In downstream I removed the decoding part and
> >> I just print out a string of hex. That removes quite a bit bunch of code
> >> from kernel. It makes the debug output also more compact.
> > I don't know. I think if you use in-kernel debugging facilities such as
> > debugfs or printk, then the output should be self-explanatory. However I
> > do see the usefulness of having a binary dump that can be decoded in
> > userspace. But I think if we want to go that way we should make that a
> > separate interface. USB provides something like that, which can then be
> > fed to libpcap or wireshark to capture and analyze USB traffic. If done
> > properly you get replay functionality for free. I don't know what infra-
> > structure exists to help with implementing something similar.
> It's not actually binary. I think I misrepresented the suggestion.
> I'm suggesting that we'd display only the contents of command FIFO and
> contents of gathers (i.e. all opcodes) in hex format, not decoded. All
> other text would remain as is, so syncpt values, etc would be readable
> by a glance.
> The user space tool can then take the streams and decode them if needed.
> We've noticed that the decoded opcodes format can be very long and
> sometimes takes a minute to dump out via a slow console. The hex output
> is much more compact and faster to dump.
> Actual tracing or wireshark kind of capability would come via decoding
> the ftrace log. When enabled, everything that is written to the channel,
> is also written to ftrace.

Okay, I'll have to take a closer look at ftrace since I've never used it
before. It sounds like extra infrastructure won't be necessary then.

> >>>> +static void show_channel_word(struct output *o, int *state, int *count,
> >>>> + u32 addr, u32 val, struct host1x_cdma *cdma)
> >>>> +{
> >>>> + static int start_count, dont_print;
> >>>
> >>> What if two processes read debug information at the same time?
> >>
> >> show_channels() acquires cdma.lock, so that shouldn't happen.
> >
> > Okay. Another solution would be to pass around a debug context which
> > keeps track of the variables. But if we opt for a more involved dump
> > interface as discussed above this will no longer be relevant.
> Actually, debugging process needs cdma.lock, because it goes through the
> cdma queue. Also command FIFO dumping is something that must be done by
> a single thread at a time.
> > Okay. In the context of a channel dump interface this may not be
> > relevant anymore. Can you think of any issue that wouldn't be detectable
> > or debuggable by analyzing a binary dump of the data within a channel?
> > I'm asking because at that point we wouldn't be able to access any of
> > the in-kernel data structures but would have to rely on the data itself
> > for diagnostics. IOMMU virtual addresses won't be available and so on.
> In many cases, looking at syncpt values, and channel state
> (active/waiting on a syncpt, etc) gives an indication on what is the
> current state of hardware. But, very often problems are ripple effects
> on something that happened earlier and the job that caused the problem
> has already been freed and is not visible in the dump.
> To get a full history, we need often need the ftrace log.

So that's already covered. Great!

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