What is a tracepoint ?

Topic

Tracepoint

Explanation

A tracepoint placed in code provides a hook to call a function (probe) that you can provide at runtime. A tracepoint can be "on" (a probe is connected to it) or "off" (no probe is attached). When a tracepoint is "off" it has no effect, except for adding a tiny time penalty (checking a condition for a branch) and space penalty (adding a few bytes for the function call at the end of the instrumented function and adds a data structure in a separate section). When a tracepoint is "on", the function you provide is called each time the tracepoint is executed, in the execution context of the caller. When the function provided ends its execution, it returns to the caller (continuing from the tracepoint site). source : linux-next/Documentation/trace/tracepoints.txt

Get The Hang

void bio_endio(struct bio *bio, int error) else if (!test_bit(BIO_UPTODATE, &bio->bi_flags)) error = -EIO; + if (test_bit(BIO_IN_FLIGHT, &bio->bi_flags)) { + struct request_queue *q = bdev_get_queue(bio->bi_bdev); + + trace_block_bio_complete(q, bio, error); + clear_bit(BIO_IN_FLIGHT, &bio->bi_flags); + } +

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