[lttng-dev] Feature request: dynamically load from prefix

Mathieu Desnoyers mathieu.desnoyers at efficios.com
Tue Oct 5 14:28:21 EDT 2021

----- On Jul 15, 2021, at 7:21 AM, lttng-dev lttng-dev at lists.lttng.org wrote:

> Hello,
> The production rootfs should be untouched, ideally read-only,
> for development/tests a subdirectory can be mounted (eg. /usr/local).
> Idea is that the contents of that directory alone (and at most some
> env variables)
> should allow enabling development features.
> For lttng I would have wanted to add a library
> '/usr/local/lib/libmyservice-tracepoints.so' with runpath
> '/usr/local/lib' that would activate lttng tracing,
> pulling in lttng libraries (ust, ust-tracepoint) from /usr/local/lib.
> There is a caveat though, unless 'libmyservice-tracepoints.so'' is
> preloaded, the code in lttng/tracepoint.h will run constructor functions
> to register the tracepoint probes, trying to dlopen the lttng-ust-tracepoint
> library and fail at that because this is not in the library search paths.
> At a later time,  'libmyservice-tracepoints.so'' will be loaded, and
> lttng-ust-tracepoint (along with lttng-ust) can be resolved. but the
> tracepoints are not registered.
> So I guess what I would need is to either retrigger the registration
> of tracepoints
> (likely complicated with static and weak symbols potentially causing a mess), or
> redirect the dlopen function.
> Useful would be either try to find the library in /usr/local/lib or
> use '/usr/local/lib/libmyservice-tracepoints.so''
> instead of  lttng-ust-tracepoint (both have (dis)advantages).
> At any rate, I would welcome some customization macro.

I'm currently working on improvements to the reporting of such scenario.


https://review.lttng.org/c/lttng-ust/+/6480 tracepoints: print debug message when lttng-ust-tracepoint.so is not found 
https://review.lttng.org/c/lttng-ust/+/6484 tracepoints: increase dlopen failure message level from debug to critical

With this in place, it should be easier for a lttng end-user to figure out that
liblttng-ust-tracepoint.so cannot be found by dlopen() because it is not in the
system's library search path.

>From that point, what is wrong with requesting the user to add the path towards
liblttng-ust-tracepoint.so to the environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH when running
the application ?



> For illustration the current hack-around is following
> Norbert Lange
> #include <dlfcn.h>
> static inline void *s_remap_dlopen(const char *localfilename, int
> flags, unsigned prelen) {
>    void *md = (dlopen)(localfilename + prelen, flags);
>    return md ? md : (dlopen)(localfilename, flags);
> }
> # ideally this would be LTTNG_TRACEPOINT_PROBE_DLOPEN instead of the dlopen mess
> #define dlopen(x, y) s_remap_dlopen("/usr/local/lib/" x, y,
> (unsigned)sizeof("/usr/local/lib/") - 1U)
> #include "trace_mytracepoints.h"
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Mathieu Desnoyers
EfficiOS Inc.

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