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[Bug runtime/5194] IO problem on begin/end probes

------- Additional Comments From fche at redhat dot com  2007-10-18 15:18 -------
(In reply to comment #3)
> calling a sleeping function in a begin probe.

That remains invalid, even with the slight relaxing we did earlier.

> If the begin/end probe does sleep or get interrupted, it might
> not get the same cpu when it resumes,

Interrupts do not cause a reschedule or cpu reassingnment if
preemption was blocked (as it is).

> which means the output buffer will change without the
> previous buffer getting flushed and data will be lost.

If this is the limit of what can happen when a user schemes to call
a sleeping function (which can only happen in "-g" mode anyway), then
this problem is a minor one.

> IIRC, one of the reasons we enabled preemption was to handle situations where
> large arrays are dumped during end probes.

That was only a side-effect.  We wanted to produce "long" reports, for "long"
meaning perhaps thousands of lines.  It's not megabytes.  With the status
quo, SMP machines may be able to keep up with even that.


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