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Date:   Fri, 18 Dec 2020 22:25:06 +0900
From:   Namhyung Kim <namhyung@...nel.org>
To:     Jiri Olsa <jolsa@...hat.com>
Cc:     Alexei Budankov <abudankov@...wei.com>,
        Jiri Olsa <jolsa@...nel.org>,
        Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@...nel.org>,
        lkml <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@...llo.nl>,
        Ingo Molnar <mingo@...nel.org>,
        Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@....com>,
        Alexander Shishkin <alexander.shishkin@...ux.intel.com>,
        Michael Petlan <mpetlan@...hat.com>,
        Ian Rogers <irogers@...gle.com>,
        Stephane Eranian <eranian@...gle.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 4/8] perf daemon: Add daemon command

Hi Jiri,

On Wed, Dec 16, 2020 at 4:44 AM Jiri Olsa <jolsa@...hat.com> wrote:
>
> On Tue, Dec 15, 2020 at 06:40:26PM +0300, Alexei Budankov wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > On 12.12.2020 13:43, Jiri Olsa wrote:
> > > Adding daemon command that allows to run record sessions
> > > on background. Each session represents one perf record
> > > process and is configured in config file.
> > >
> > > Example:
> > >
> > >   # cat config.daemon
> > >   [daemon]
> > >   base=/opt/perfdata
> >
> > It could probably make sense to consider using locations at /var/
> > directory, similar to other already existing daemon processes in
> > system so admin and user experience would be easily reusabe for
> > performance monitoring daemon (service).
>
> hm, you can specify any /var path in there if you like,
> do you suggest to hardcode it?
>
> >
> > >
> > >   [session-1]
> > >   run = -m 10M -e cycles -o /opt/perfdata/1/perf.data --overwrite --switch-output -a
> > >
> > >   [session-2]
> > >   run = -m 20M -e sched:* -o /opt/perfdata/2/perf.data --overwrite --switch-output -a
> > >
> > > Default perf config has the same daemon base:
> > >
> > >   # cat ~/.perfconfig
> > >   [daemon]
> > >   base=/opt/perfdata
> > >
> > > Starting the daemon:
> > >
> > >   # perf daemon --config config.daemon
> >
> > It could make sense to name daemon config file similar to .perfconfig
> > e.g. like .perfconfig.daemon. perf daemon command would then assume, by
> > default, usage of .perfconfig.daemon config or the one specified on the
> > command line via --config option. It also would be helpfull have loaded
> > config file path printed into console:
> > # perf daemon
> > Daemon process <pid> started with config /path/to/.perfconfig.daemon
>
> so the current way is, that following creates daemon:
>
>   # perf daemon --config <CONFIG>
>
> and any other 'non --config' option' is used to 'query/control' daemon:
>
>   # perf daemon
>   # perf daemon --signal
>   # perf daemon --stop
>   ...

My opinion is that it'd be better having sub-commands for essential
operations like start, stop.  Also daemons tend to have 'status' or
'reload' operations too.

  # perf daemon start --config ...
  # perf daemon stop

As a system daemon, I agree it should follow the standard location
for the default base directory and config file.

Thanks,
Namhyung

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