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Date:   Tue, 4 Apr 2017 23:18:02 +0900
From:   Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@...nel.org>
To:     Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@...nel.org>
Cc:     Paul Clarke <pc@...ibm.com>, LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@...nel.org>,
        David Ahern <dsahern@...il.com>,
        linux-perf-users <linux-perf-users@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3] Allow user probes on versioned symbols

On Mon, 3 Apr 2017 11:46:58 -0300
Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@...nel.org> wrote:

> > > But apart from those problems, I think that one should be able to ask
> > > for a versioned symbol, to probe just apps using that specific version,
>  
> > I agree, but wasn't trying to tackle that at the moment.  I can look into it, though.
>  
> > > for instance, we should consider the whole name as two functions, which
> > > in fact, they are, no?
>  
> > I'm not sure I understand what you mean here.  Do you mean we should set a probe at every version of a given symbol name?  For example, if there are symbols:
> > a@@V2
> > a@...1
> > a@V1
>  
> > ...for a request to set a probe at "a", we'd actually set a probe at all 3?
> 
> I think that we should just probe the default for that symbol and have a
> way to probe all of them, perhaps using the wildcard, i.e.:
> 
> [root@...et linux]# nm /lib64/libpthread-2.24.so  | grep ' pthread_cond_timedwait'
> 000000000000dd90 T pthread_cond_timedwait@...BC_2.2.5
> 000000000000d6e0 T pthread_cond_timedwait@@GLIBC_2.3.2
> [root@...et linux]#
> 
>   # perf probe -x /lib64/libpthread-2.24.so pthread_cond_timedwait
> 
> should be equivalent to:
> 
>   # perf probe -x /lib64/libpthread-2.24.so pthread_cond_timedwait@@GLIBC_2.3.2
> 
> Which matches how these versioned symbols are resolved by the linker,
> no?
> 
> I.e. when 'pthread_cond_timedwait' is specified and the symbol table
> lookup fails, I think we should re-lookup for
> 'pthread_cond_timedwait@@*', i.e. we should have a
> symbol__find_default_by_name(), which will take the
> "pthread_cond_timedwait" and use a symbol comparison using
> strncmp(strlen(key)), matching, should then look at right after the
> common part looking for the double @@.

Hm, this 'fallback'process sounds good idea to me.
BTW, how would we support other SYMBOL@...SION, since we already
use '@' for specifying source code?
One possible way is to support it directly in perf-probe. If it
failed to find probe point from dwarf, try to find from symbol
map by using '@...SION' suffix.

Thank you,

-- 
Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@...nel.org>

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