[lttng-dev] Progress on system crash traces with LTTng using DAX and pmem

Mathieu Desnoyers mathieu.desnoyers at efficios.com
Thu Oct 30 11:01:43 EDT 2014

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Matthew Wilcox" <willy at linux.intel.com>
> To: "Mathieu Desnoyers" <mathieu.desnoyers at efficios.com>
> Cc: "Matthew Wilcox" <willy at linux.intel.com>, "Ross Zwisler" <ross.zwisler at linux.intel.com>, "lttng-dev"
> <lttng-dev at lists.lttng.org>, linux-fsdevel at vger.kernel.org, linux-mm at kvack.org, linux-kernel at vger.kernel.org
> Sent: Monday, October 27, 2014 2:48:09 PM
> Subject: Re: Progress on system crash traces with LTTng using DAX and pmem
> On Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 12:51:25PM +0000, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> > A quick follow up on my progress on using DAX and pmem with
> > LTTng. I've been able to successfully gather a user-space
> > trace into buffers mmap'd into an ext4 filesystem within
> > a pmem block device mounted with -o dax to bypass the page
> > cache. After a soft reboot, I'm able to mount the partition
> > again, and gather the very last data collected in the buffers
> > by the applications. I created a "lttng-crash" program that
> > extracts data from those buffers and converts the content
> > into a readable Common Trace Format trace. So I guess
> > you have a use-case for your patchsets on commodity hardware
> > right there. :)
> Sweet!
> > I've been asked by my customers if DAX would work well with
> > mtd-ram, which they are using. To you foresee any roadblock
> > with this approach ?
> Looks like we'd need to add support to mtd-blkdevs.c for DAX.  I assume
> they're already using one of the block-based ways to expose MTD to
> filesystems, rather than jffs2/logfs/ubifs?

Yes, from what I understand they interact with a block device. They
are aiming at using ext2 over this block device. I'm adding Hans
Beckerus and Therry Vilmart in CC so they can describe how the mtd
device is used in their setup (which driver exactly, along with
kernel options to set it up if possible).

> I'm thinking we might want to add a flag somewhere in the block_dev / bdi
> that indicates whether DAX is supported.  Currently we rely on whether
> ->direct_access is present in the block_device_operations to indicate
> that, so we'd have to have two block_dev_operations in mtd-blkdevs,
> depending on whether direct access is supported by the underlying
> MTD device.  Not a show-stopper.


> > Please keep me in CC on your next patch versions. I'm willing
> > to spend some more time reviewing them if needed. By the way,
> > do you guys have a target time-frame/kernel version you aim
> > at for getting this work upstream ?
> We're trying to get it upstream ASAP.  We've been working on it
> publically since December last year, and it's getting frustrating that
> it's not upstream already.  I sent a v12 a few minutes before you sent
> this message ...  I thought git would add you to the cc's since your
> Reviewed-by is on some of the patches.

It appears I have not received the patches. Would it be possible for you
to setup a git tree with those patches ? It would be easier for me to
try them out than to fish them from gmane. :-)



Mathieu Desnoyers
EfficiOS Inc.

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