On Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 01:49:18PM +1100, Dave Chinner wrote:
> they have become parts of stable userland ABI and are to be
> indefinitely. Don't expect "tracepoints are special case" to prevent
I call bullshit just like I always do when someone spouts this
"tracepoints are stable ABI" garbage.
Quite frankly, anyone that wants to stop us from
adding/removing/changing tracepoints or the code that they are
reporting information about "because ABI" can go take a long walk
off a short cliff. Diagnostic tracepoints are not part of the
stable ABI. End of story.
Tell that to Linus. You had been in the room, IIRC, when that had been
brought up this year in Santa Fe. "End of story" is not going to be
yours (or mine, for that matter) to declare - Linus is the only one who
can do that. If he says "if userland code relies upon it, so that
userland code needs to be fixed" - I'm very happy (and everyone involved
can count upon quite a few free drinks from me at the next summit). If
it's "that userland code really shouldn't have relied upon it, and it's
real unfortunate that it does, but we still get to keep it working" -
too bad, "because ABI" is the reality and we will be the ones to take
that long walk.
What I heard from Linus sounded a lot closer to the second variant.
_IF_ I have misinterpreted that, I'd love to hear that. Linus?
PS: I'm dead serious about large amounts of booze of choice at LSFS 2017.
Bribery or shared celebration - call it whatever you like; I really,
really want to have tracepoints free from ABIfication concerns. They
certainly are useful for debugging purposes - no arguments here.