[ltt-dev] [UST PATCH] Tracepoints: add wrapper tracepoint() macro

Josh Stone jistone at redhat.com
Mon Apr 11 17:20:58 EDT 2011

On 04/11/2011 07:14 AM, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> * Nils Carlson (nils.carlson at ericsson.com) wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Again, looks good, but maybe we should prefix with ust_ ?
> This is a very important question. The goal of this tracepoint
> instrumentation is to replace the Dtrace instrumentation, which is
> somewhat implementation-driven (fixed number of u32 values AFAIK) by
> something more generic that allows a variable number of arguments.
> Mapping from a generic "tracepoint()" macro to DTrace macros could then
> be done in a compatibility header layer.

I'm not certain about DTrace's implementation, but I doubt that they
limit the args so much.  In SystemTap, we permit 0-10 pointers and
integers up to 64-bit, with size and signed-ness maintained.

> So although it makes sense to use a ust_ prefix for all the UST-specific
> APIs, including e.g. probe registration to tracepoints, I'm really not
> convinced that the prefix would be appropriate for the instrumentation
> macros that will be called from the instrumented code.
> tracepoint() seems less likely to clash with other namespaces than
> "trace()", while still being generic enough.
> I'm open to comments, and especially interested to know what the
> SystemTAP team think about this issue.

I think in most projects where we have added SDT, they use wrapper
macros in their own namespace anyway, e.g. PYTHON_FUNCTION_ENTRY(),
perhaps so they can more easily be defined empty on other platforms.  So
IMO it really only matters that your definitions don't conflict, and the
rest will probably be abstracted.


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