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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8 00/12] user_events: Enable user processes to create and write to trace events
* Beau Belgrave | 2021-12-16 09:34:59 [-0800]:

>The typical scenario is on process start to mmap user_events_status. Processes
>then register the events they plan to use via the REG ioctl. The ioctl reads
>and updates the passed in user_reg struct. The status_index of the struct is
>used to know the byte in the status page to check for that event. The
>write_index of the struct is used to describe that event when writing out to
>the fd that was used for the ioctl call. The data must always include this
>index first when writing out data for an event. Data can be written either by
>write() or by writev().

Hey Beau, a little bit late to the party. A few questions from my side: What
are the exact weak points of USDT compared to User Events that stand in the
way of further extend USDT (in a non-compatible way, sure, just as an
different approach!)? The nice thing about USDT is that I can search for all
possible probes of the system via "find / | readelf | ". Since they are listed
in a dedicated ELF section (.note.stapsdt) - they are visible & transparent. I
can also map a hierarchy/structure in Executable/DSO via clever choice of
names. The big disadvantage of USDT is the lack of type information, but from
a registration, explicit point of view, they are nice.

Or in other words: why not extends the USDT approach? Why not

u32 val = 23;
const char *garbage = "tracestring";

DYNAMIC_TRACE_PROBE2("foo:bar", val, u32, garbage, cstring);

Sure, the argument names, here "val" and "garbage" should also be saved. I
also like the "just one additional header to the project to get things
running" (#include "sdt.h"). Sure, a DYNAMIC_TRACE_IS_ACTIVE("foo:bar") would
be great. But in fact we have never needed that in the past.


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