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Date:   Wed,  9 Jan 2019 13:49:09 -0600
From:   Tom Zanussi <zanussi@...nel.org>
To:     rostedt@...dmis.org
Cc:     tglx@...utronix.de, mhiramat@...nel.org, namhyung@...nel.org,
        vedang.patel@...el.com, bigeasy@...utronix.de,
        joel@...lfernandes.org, mathieu.desnoyers@...icios.com,
        julia@...com, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-rt-users@...r.kernel.org
Subject: [PATCH v11 02/15] tracing: Make hist trigger Documentation better reflect actions/handlers

From: Tom Zanussi <tom.zanussi@...ux.intel.com>

The action/handler code refactoring didn't change the action/handler
syntax, but did generalize it - the Documentation should reflect that.

Signed-off-by: Tom Zanussi <tom.zanussi@...ux.intel.com>
---
 Documentation/trace/histogram.rst | 56 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---------
 1 file changed, 43 insertions(+), 13 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/trace/histogram.rst b/Documentation/trace/histogram.rst
index 7dda76503127..63e522107e59 100644
--- a/Documentation/trace/histogram.rst
+++ b/Documentation/trace/histogram.rst
@@ -25,7 +25,7 @@ Documentation written by Tom Zanussi
 
         hist:keys=<field1[,field2,...]>[:values=<field1[,field2,...]>]
           [:sort=<field1[,field2,...]>][:size=#entries][:pause][:continue]
-          [:clear][:name=histname1] [if <filter>]
+          [:clear][:name=histname1][:<handler>.<action>] [if <filter>]
 
   When a matching event is hit, an entry is added to a hash table
   using the key(s) and value(s) named.  Keys and values correspond to
@@ -1831,21 +1831,51 @@ and looks and behaves just like any other event::
 Like any other event, once a histogram is enabled for the event, the
 output can be displayed by reading the event's 'hist' file.
 
-2.2.3 Hist trigger 'actions'
-----------------------------
+2.2.3 Hist trigger 'handlers' and 'actions'
+-------------------------------------------
 
-A hist trigger 'action' is a function that's executed whenever a
-histogram entry is added or updated.
+A hist trigger 'action' is a function that's executed (in most cases
+conditionally) whenever a histogram entry is added or updated.
 
-The default 'action' if no special function is explicitly specified is
-as it always has been, to simply update the set of values associated
-with an entry.  Some applications, however, may want to perform
-additional actions at that point, such as generate another event, or
-compare and save a maximum.
+When a histogram entry is added or updated, a hist trigger 'handler'
+is what decides whether the corresponding action is actually invoked
+or not.
 
-The following additional actions are available.  To specify an action
-for a given event, simply specify the action between colons in the
-hist trigger specification.
+Hist trigger handlers and actions are paired together in the general
+form:
+
+  <handler>.<action>
+
+To specify a handler.action pair for a given event, simply specify
+that handler.action pair between colons in the hist trigger
+specification.
+
+In theory, any handler can be combined with any action, but in
+practice, not every handler.action combination is currently supported;
+if a given handler.action combination isn't supported, the hist
+trigger will fail with -EINVAL;
+
+The default 'handler.action' if none is explicity specified is as it
+always has been, to simply update the set of values associated with an
+entry.  Some applications, however, may want to perform additional
+actions at that point, such as generate another event, or compare and
+save a maximum.
+
+The supported handlers and actions are listed below, and each is
+described in more detail in the following paragraphs, in the context
+of descriptions of some common and useful handler.action combinations.
+
+The available handlers are:
+
+  - onmatch(matching.event)    - invoke action on any addition or update
+  - onmax(var)                 - invoke action if var exceeds current max
+
+The available actions are:
+
+  - <synthetic_event_name>(param list)         - generate synthetic event
+  - save(field,...)                            - save current event fields
+
+The following commonly-used handler.action pairs are available:
 
   - onmatch(matching.event).<synthetic_event_name>(param list)
 
-- 
2.14.1

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