[lttng-dev] LTTng user-space callstacks

Milian Wolff milian.wolff at kdab.com
Thu Mar 26 16:52:57 EDT 2020

On Donnerstag, 26. März 2020 20:41:17 CET Mathieu Desnoyers via lttng-dev 
> ----- On Mar 26, 2020, at 1:39 PM, lttng-dev <lttng-dev at lists.lttng.org> 
> > Hello!
> > 
> > Currently, callstack collection in LTTng is only available for
> > kernel-space
> > events with context fields callstack-kernel and callstack-user .
> > 
> > Is it expected that callstack collection for LTTng-UST will be added too?
> > And if it is expected, then how soon?
> Hi Valentin,
> It is something that would be interesting and useful, but a lot of work
> would be needed to have stack-walking this is fast enough and reentrant wrt
> signal handlers. Unfortunately, the backtrace(3) functions do not meet
> those requirements.
> Also, for gathering user-space callstacks from the kernel tracer, it only
> works if all user-space is compiled with frame pointers. This is also a
> limitation that would require a lot of work to overcome neatly.
> None of those features are currently on any roadmap due to lack of customers
> showing interest in getting this done.

libunwind [1] should meet the requirements you need. It is high performance 
thanks to extensive caching, signal safe and does not rely on frame pointers.

[1]: https://github.com/libunwind/libunwind

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