[PATCH 31/40] trace syscalls: Convert various generic compat syscalls

Frederic Weisbecker fweisbec at gmail.com
Wed Jun 23 07:38:07 EDT 2010

On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 12:37:44PM +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
> , Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
>> On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 12:19:38PM +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
>>> , Ian Munsie wrote:
>>>> From: Ian Munsie<imunsie at au1.ibm.com>
>>>> This patch converts numerous trivial compat syscalls through the generic
>>>> kernel code to use the COMPAT_SYSCALL_DEFINE family of macros.
>>> Why? This just makes the code look uglier and the functions harder
>>> to grep for.
>> Because it makes them usable with syscall tracing.
> Ok that information is missing in the changelog then.

Agreed, the changelog lacks the purpose of what it does.

> Also I hope the uglification<->usefullness factor is really worth it.
> The patch is certainly no slouch on the uglification side.

It's worth because the kernel's syscall tracing is not complete, we lack all
the compat part.

These wrappers let us create TRACE_EVENT() for every syscalls automatically.
If we had to create them manually, the uglification would be way much more worse.

Most syscalls use the syscall wrappers already, so the uglification
is there mostly. We just forgot to uglify a bunch of them :)

> It also has maintenance costs, e.g. I doubt ctags and cscope
> will be able to deal with these kinds of macros, so it has a
> high cost for everyone using these tools. For those
> it would be actually better if you used separate annotation
> that does not confuse standard C parsers.

I haven't heard any complains about existing syscalls wrappers.

What kind of annotations could solve that?

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