Re: [PATCH v5 2/4] trace: Make removal of ring buffer pages atomic

From: Steven Rostedt
Date: Sat Apr 21 2012 - 00:27:48 EST

On Thu, 2012-02-02 at 12:00 -0800, Vaibhav Nagarnaik wrote:
> This patch adds the capability to remove pages from a ring buffer
> without destroying any existing data in it.
> This is done by removing the pages after the tail page. This makes sure
> that first all the empty pages in the ring buffer are removed. If the
> head page is one in the list of pages to be removed, then the page after
> the removed ones is made the head page. This removes the oldest data
> from the ring buffer and keeps the latest data around to be read.
> To do this in a non-racey manner, tracing is stopped for a very short
> time while the pages to be removed are identified and unlinked from the
> ring buffer. The pages are freed after the tracing is restarted to
> minimize the time needed to stop tracing.
> The context in which the pages from the per-cpu ring buffer are removed
> runs on the respective CPU. This minimizes the events not traced to only
> NMI trace contexts.

Can't do this. (see below)

> +rb_remove_pages(struct ring_buffer_per_cpu *cpu_buffer, unsigned int
> nr_pages)
> {
> - struct buffer_page *bpage;
> - struct list_head *p;
> - unsigned i;
> + unsigned int nr_removed;
> + int page_entries;
> + struct list_head *tail_page, *to_remove, *next_page;
> + unsigned long head_bit;
> + struct buffer_page *last_page, *first_page;
> + struct buffer_page *to_remove_page, *tmp_iter_page;
Also, please use the "upside down x-mas tree" for the declarations:


struct list_head *tail_page, *to_remove, *next_page;
struct buffer_page *to_remove_page, *tmp_iter_page;
struct buffer_page *last_page, *first_page;
unsigned int nr_removed;
unsigned long head_bit;
int page_entries;

See, it looks easier to read then what you had.

> + /* fire off all the required work handlers */
> + for_each_buffer_cpu(buffer, cpu) {
> + cpu_buffer = buffer->buffers[cpu];
> + if (!cpu_buffer->nr_pages_to_update)
> + continue;
> + schedule_work_on(cpu, &cpu_buffer->update_pages_work);

This locks up. I just tried the following, and it hung the task.


# cd /sys/kernel/debug/tracing
# echo 1 > events/enable
# sleep 10
# echo 0 > event/enable
# echo 0 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu1/online
# echo 100 > buffer_size_kb


I guess you could test if the cpu is online. And if so, then do the
schedule_work_on(). You will need to get_online_cpus first.

If the cpu is offline, just change it.

-- Steve

PS. The first patch looks good, but I think you need to add some more
blank lines in your patches. You like to bunch a lot of text together,
and that causes some eye strain.

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