|author||Byungchul Park <firstname.lastname@example.org>||2014-11-24 09:34:19 +0900|
|committer||Steven Rostedt <email@example.com>||2014-12-03 17:10:13 -0500|
tracing: Add additional marks to signal very large time deltas
Currently, function graph tracer prints "!" or "+" just before function execution time to signal a function overhead, depending on the time. And some tracers tracing latency also print "!" or "+" just after time to signal overhead, depending on the interval between events. Even it is usually enough to do that, we sometimes need to signal for bigger execution time than 100 micro seconds. For example, I used function graph tracer to detect if there is any case that exit_mm() takes too much time. I did following steps in /sys/kernel/debug/tracing. It was easier to detect very large excution time with patched kernel than with original kernel. $ echo exit_mm > set_graph_function $ echo function_graph > current_tracer $ echo > trace $ cat trace_pipe > $LOGFILE ... (do something and terminate logging) $ grep "\\$" $LOGFILE 3) $ 22082032 us | } /* kernel_map_pages */ 3) $ 22082040 us | } /* free_pages_prepare */ 3) $ 22082113 us | } /* free_hot_cold_page */ 3) $ 22083455 us | } /* free_hot_cold_page_list */ 3) $ 22083895 us | } /* release_pages */ 3) $ 22177873 us | } /* free_pages_and_swap_cache */ 3) $ 22178929 us | } /* unmap_single_vma */ 3) $ 22198885 us | } /* unmap_vmas */ 3) $ 22206949 us | } /* exit_mmap */ 3) $ 22207659 us | } /* mmput */ 3) $ 22207793 us | } /* exit_mm */ And then, it was easy to find out that a schedule-out occured by sub_preempt_count() within kernel_map_pages(). To detect very large function exection time caused by either problematic function implementation or scheduling issues, this patch can be useful. Link: http://firstname.lastname@example.org Signed-off-by: Byungchul Park <email@example.com> Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Diffstat (limited to 'Documentation/trace/ftrace.txt')
1 files changed, 7 insertions, 3 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/trace/ftrace.txt b/Documentation/trace/ftrace.txt
index f10f5f5d260d..8408e040f06f 100644
@@ -685,9 +685,11 @@ The above is mostly meaningful for kernel developers.
needs to be fixed to be only relative to the same CPU.
The marks are determined by the difference between this
current trace and the next trace.
- '!' - greater than preempt_mark_thresh (default 100)
- '+' - greater than 1 microsecond
- ' ' - less than or equal to 1 microsecond.
+ '$' - greater than 1 second
+ '#' - greater than 1000 microsecond
+ '!' - greater than 100 microsecond
+ '+' - greater than 10 microsecond
+ ' ' - less than or equal to 10 microsecond.
The rest is the same as the 'trace' file.
@@ -1956,6 +1958,8 @@ want, depending on your needs.
+ means that the function exceeded 10 usecs.
! means that the function exceeded 100 usecs.
+ # means that the function exceeded 1000 usecs.
+ $ means that the function exceeded 1 sec.
- The task/pid field displays the thread cmdline and pid which