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SystemTap 3.2 release

The SystemTap team announces release 3.2!

  Highlights include an early experimental eBPF (extended Berkeley Packet
  Filter) backend, new regex engine that supports extraction of matched
  expressions, new probe aliases for accepting input from stdin, improved
  translator diagnostics, support for new statx syscall and new string
  function strpos().

= Where to get it - our project page
  git tag release-3.2 (commit 4051c70c9318c837)

  There have been over 330 commits since the last release.
  There have been over 50 bugs fixed / features added since the last release.

= How to build it

  See the README and NEWS files at;a=tree

  Further information at

= SystemTap frontend (stap) changes

- SystemTap now includes an eBPF backend. This early experimental backend
  does not use kernel modules and instead produces eBPF programs that
  are verified by the kernel and executed by an in-kernel virtual machine.
  Select this backend with the new stap option '--runtime=bpf'. For example:

    stap --runtime=bpf -e \
      'probe kernel.function("sys_read") { printf("Hi from stapbpf!\n"); exit() }'

  Please see the stapbpf(8) man page for more information.

- "stap -k" build trees in $TMPDIR now also include a preprocessed .i form
  of the generated module .c code, for problem diagnostics purposes.

- The translator produces better diagnostics for common/annoying case
  of missing debuginfo that blocks use of context $variables.

= SystemTap tapset changes

- The regular expression engine now supports extraction of the matched
  string and subexpressions using the matched() tapset function:
      if ("regexculpicator" =~ "reg(ex.*p).*r") log(matched(1))
   -> exculp

- New probe aliases input.char and input.line allow scripts to access
  input from stdin during runtime.

- Support for multiple procfs.write probes per procfs file.

- A new function strpos returns the location of a substring within
  another string.

- Support for new statx syscall.

- syscall.execve probes now provide a decoded env_str string vector,
  just like the argument vector.

- The task_exe_file() function has been deprecated and replaced by

- task_dentry_path() now handles chroot().

= SystemTap sample scripts

 All 169 examples can be found at

- New Samples:

hugepage_split.stp         Log the kernel splitting huge pages in normal pages

hugepage_cow_delays.stp    Summarize time doing copy on write for huge pages

hugepage_collapse.stp      Log the kernel collapsing normal pages into huge pages

hugepage_clear_delays.stp  Summarize time spent clearing huge pages   
eventcount.stp             Counts specified events. Updated with sort parameters
                           that can be modified at runtime.

cve-2017-6074.stp          historical emergency security band-aid, for
                           reference/education only

= Examples of tested kernel versions

  2.6.18     (RHEL 5 x86 and x86_64)
  2.6.32     (RHEL 6 x86 and x86_64)
  3.10.0     (RHEL 7 x86_64)
  4.11.4     (Fedora 25 x86_64)
  4.12.0     (Fedora 26 x86_64)
  4.13.5     (Fedora 26 x86_64)
  4.14.0-rc4 (Fedora rawhide x86_64)

= Known issues with this release

- The BPF backend is in an early stage of development and lacks
  support for a number of features found in the default backend.
  See the stapbpf man page for more information.

- Some kernel crashes continue to be reported when a script probes
  broad kernel function wildcards.  (PR2725)

- An upstream kernel commit #2062afb4f804a put "-fno-var-tracking-assignments"
  into KCFLAGS, reducing debuginfo quality which can cause debuginfo failures.
  A proposed workaround to this issue exists in: . Fedora kernels are not affected by
  this issue.

= Contributors for this release

  Aaron Merey*, Arjun Shankar*, Bernhard M. Wiedemann*, Cody Santing,
  Daan Spitz*, David Smith, Frank Ch. Eigler, Guilherme G. Piccoli*,
  Jakub Jelinek*, Mark Wielaard, Martin Cermak, Mikael Dubik*, Richard Fontana*,
  Richard Henderson*, Ritesh Raj Sarraf*, Ruslan Kuprieiev*, Sandipan Das*,
  Saul Wold*, Serhei Makarov, Stan Cox, Tetsuo Handa, Torsten Polle,
  Vitaly Mayatskikh*, William Cohen

  Special thanks to new contributors, marked with '*' above.
  Special thanks to Aaron Merey for drafting these notes.

= Bugs fixed for this release <>

22278   the nss client code doesn't handle '-I DIR' well
22287   the ioblock.stp tapset needs to be updated for rawhide
20516   "BUG: spinlock recursion on CPU#0" crash on s390x
20734   "sleeping function called from invalid context" bogus
        kernel BUG on s390x
22124   RHEL6 ppc64 system crash when running the perf.exp
        test case
21887   bpf: exit()
22222   on rawhide, we're getting a "spinlock bad magic" BUG
22155   kernel panic due to NULL vma_cache_p->f_path.dentry
22151   on rhel6 i686, the nettop.stp example script causes a
        kernel BUG
22158   on rawhide, we're getting a compile error that
        spin_unlock_wait() doesn't exist
15065   regular expressions: subexpression capture support
22117   on 32-bit systems, getting "noncontiguous location for base
        fetch" errors
22110   semok/autocast07.stp internal error
22097   the semko/target_addr[23].stp test cases are passing
22109   on rawhide, we're getting errors in the nfsd tapset
22087   implicitptr.exp failing after the bpf merge
22054   on 32-bit systems, buildok/twentynine.stp fails
22066   stap fails to link correctly when not using nss or http
22036   compiler errors when using tapset/linux/ioblock.stp
22031   failure in pthread_stacks.exp
22012   "BUG: scheduling while atomic" when probing
22005   @min and @max functions return a wrong value
22008   missing rt_sigreturn return probe hits
21998   receiving lots of "kbuild exited with status: 2" warnings when
        using tapset/linux/ip.stp
21996   on 32-bit f26, we're getting dyninst errors when using intptr_t
21984   on 32-bit systems, getting gcc "cast to pointer from integer
        of different size" errors
21802   improve the syscall/nd_syscall test case
21917   on rawhide, we're getting a fault in the panic handler
21901   on rawhide, we're getting an "inconsistent lock state"
        kernel WARNING
14021   --sysroot=/ not a no-op
21834   on rawhide, the context.exp test case causes a kernel warning
21811   java probe crashes upon null argument
13350   dwarf unwinder_stp_valid_pc_addr() invalid for s390x
21726   on rawhide, the backtrace.exp test case causes a kernel panic
21283   cannot use --dyninst and --remote together
21362   more syscall nesting problems
14923   dyninst: misses events when main thread does not go through 
        at least one quiesce
16795   utrace_p5.exp leaves stapdyn processes running
15144   occasional (40%) stapdyn spin/hang during sdt.exp
18688   stapdyn hang in testsuite
21463   stap -t --dyninst fail un-cleanly
10712   standardize syscall trace rendering
11206   support stdin script input
21435   convenience groupadd for the make install target
20988   string tapset could use a strstr() type function
20333   merge syscall and nd_syscall tapsets
21363   on rawhide, _struct_sched_attr_u() is failing
21353   syscall nesting in fcntl
21297   support needed for new statx syscall
21238   failed user probing does not return proper error
21255   "make installcheck" Smoke test fails with Fedora
        rawhide kernels 4.11.0-0.rc2.git1.1.fc27.x86_64
21190   stap fails to build on rhel6 with --enable-sqlite
        where sqlite-3.6 is available

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