Using Instruction Pointer address in debug interfaces [Was: Re: vm_page_t related KBI [Was: Re: panic at vm_page_wire with FreeBSD 9.0 Beta 3]]

Arnaud Lacombe lacombar at
Wed Nov 9 01:09:52 UTC 2011


On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 3:55 PM, Andriy Gapon <avg at> wrote:
> [cc list trimmed]
> on 08/11/2011 22:34 Attilio Rao said the following:
>> 2011/11/8 Arnaud Lacombe <lacombar at>:
>>> To avoid future complaints about the fact that I would be only "talk"
>>> without "action", I did implement what I suggested above. As it is
>>> quite a large patch-set, I will not post it directly here, however, it
>>> is available on github:
>> I really think that this is way too dependent by the good health of
>> your tool, thus that is highly fragile.
>> However, you may have more luck by just the core of your kernel
>> changes here, for comment and leave alone all the (ptr ->
>> LOCK_FILE/LOCK_LINE conversion).
>> Said that, I think this logic is too fragile and likely won't be as
>> effective as __FILE__/__LINE__ in many cases.
> I agree.
> If we were able to somehow automatically, magically, easily and correctly
> determine an instruction pointer of a caller, then it would make sense to ditch
> explicit passing of __FILE__/__LINE__ arguments in favor of doing instruction
> pointer decoding.
again, no need for magic, this already exists, as the form of gcc[0]'s

> But if we are just replacing explicit passing of (well-known) macros
> __FILE__/__LINE__ with explicit passing of THIS_IP, then I don't see a point.
make sense too, but you need to be sure stuff between the caller and
callee is fully inlined.

> Apologies if I missed the rationale for this change.
mostly getting rid of all the __FILE__ and __LINE__ bloat.

 - Arnaud

[0]: check about LLVM support is left to the reader.

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