[lttng-dev] [PATCH lttng-ust] Improve tracelog handling, reduce exported functions
mathieu.desnoyers at efficios.com
Fri May 21 10:55:22 EDT 2021
----- On May 20, 2021, at 1:43 PM, Norbert Lange nolange79 at gmail.com wrote:
> Am Do., 20. Mai 2021 um 19:18 Uhr schrieb Mathieu Desnoyers
> <mathieu.desnoyers at efficios.com>:
>> ----- On May 20, 2021, at 12:51 PM, Norbert Lange nolange79 at gmail.com wrote:
>> > Am Do., 20. Mai 2021 um 18:25 Uhr schrieb Mathieu Desnoyers
>> > <mathieu.desnoyers at efficios.com>:
>> >> ----- On May 20, 2021, at 11:54 AM, Norbert Lange nolange79 at gmail.com wrote:
>> >> [...]
>> >> >> What prevents you from linking against lttng-ust.so again ?
>> >> >
>> >> > I did not poke around enough with Lttng to be confident it wont have
>> >> > side effects,
>> >> > I really don't want it active in production. It doesn't seem there is
>> >> > much public knowledge with Xenomai either.
>> >> > lttng-ust.so will spawn threads, lttng-ust-tracepoint.so is mostly passive,
>> >> There is indeed a split between instrumentation and runtime threads done
>> >> with lttng-ust-tracepoint.so vs lttng-ust.so.
>> >> I understand that this split is missing for tracelog and tracef, and
>> >> would be a good thing to have.
>> >> I would be interested to move the tracelog and tracef implementation
>> >> from liblttng-ust.so to liblttng-ust-tracepoint.so, even this late
>> >> in the -rc cycle, because all users of tracelog/tracef need to link
>> >> against liblttng-ust-tracepoint.so anyway. So moving these symbols
>> >> should not affect anyone.
>> >> Can you give it a try and let me know if it works for you ?
>> > Will take some time, whats the timeframe you need for feedback?
>> Here is the tentative commit:
>> https://review.lttng.org/c/lttng-ust/+/5927 Move tracef/tracelog symbols to
> Well... this is certainly an improvement. I am not completely happy
> though: "... users now link against
> liblttng-ust-tracepoint.so explicitly"
I'm abandoning this change for now.
It's too late in the rc cycle for doing an ABI breaking change. Also, this
can eventually be done gradually by introducing a new .so with new symbols,
and mapping the tracelog/tracef APIs to those new symbols in a future release.
So I don't think it justifies breaking ABI at this stage.
> My homecooked solution currently works like this:
> *) define the probes from <lttng/lttng-ust-tracelog.h> with
> link them in the application, together with other dynamic probes
> *) build a separate library with *other* tracepoints, lets call it
> *) don't link the application to any lttng library.
> Which means:
> 1) the application works without lttng libraries. tracepoints are no-ops
> 2) if available then liblttng-ust-tracepoint.so is loaded (constructor
> function from your headers). tracepoints are no-ops
> 3) if the application dlopen's libtracepoint.so and in turn
> liblttng-ust.so then tracepoints work.
> I'd lose option 1 compared to reimplementing tracelog using homecooked
> lttng-ust-tracelog tracepoints.
> So, are there any issues using <lttng/lttng-ust-tracelog.h> that way,
> it seems to work fine,
> are there mutliple competing instances now?
> (I am not re-using any bit from tracelog.h, I am just after using the
> tracepoint definition).
> I mean I could dlsym all the functions, but tracelog has 1 per
> loglevel and really ugly long names ;)
I recommend that you re-use the parts of tracelog which are useful to
you, but that you implement your own events within your provider .so
with your own event names, so there is no clash with upstream lttng-ust.
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