On Wed, Mar 07, 2018 at 02:16:13PM +0530, Ravi Bangoria wrote:
> > W.T.H. is that called a semaphore? afaict its just a usage-counter.
> I totally agree with you. But it's not me who named it semaphore :)
> Please refer to "Semaphore Handling" section at:
> https://sourceware.org/systemtap/wiki/UserSpaceProbeImplementation
> We can surly name it differently in the kernel code and document it
> properly in the Documents/tracing/

Yes, just because the SDT people failed their CS101 class doesn't mean
we need to perpetuate that failure. Please name it sensibly in our code.

> > Also, would it not be much better to do userspace jump-labels for this?
> > That completely avoids the dynamic branch at the SDT site.
> >
> Userspace jump-label is a good idea but...
> Semaphore logic has already became a kinda ABI now. Tools like bcc,
> gdb, systemtap etc. flip the semaphore while probing the marker.

*groan*.. maybe suggest it for the next version; it appears we're
already at SDTv3, so surely there will be a v4 too.

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