[PATCH v6 00/14] uprobes: Add uprobes support for ARM

Oleg Nesterov oleg at redhat.com
Mon Mar 3 15:50:39 EST 2014

On 03/02, David Long wrote:
> Oleg,
> I've been looking at arch/Kconfig and kernel/trace/Kconfig where they
> deal with uprobes.  The relevant items are CONFIG_UPROBES and
> CONFIG_UPROBE_EVENT.  It just doesn't look right to me.

Yes, this looks strange. I never understood these dependencies. In fact
I even never tried. And I do not really understand kbuild, unfortunately...

>> --- a/arch/Kconfig
>> +++ b/arch/Kconfig
>> @@ -87,7 +87,8 @@ config KPROBES_ON_FTRACE
>>  config UPROBES
>>  	bool "Transparent user-space probes (EXPERIMENTAL)"
>> -	depends on UPROBE_EVENT && PERF_EVENTS
>> +	depends on PERF_EVENTS

And why CONFIG_UPROBES should depend on PERF_EVENTS? uprobes can be
used by (say) systemtap without UPROBE_EVENT/PERF_EVENTS.

But as Russell pointed out the events directory is only built if
CONFIG_PERF_EVENTS=y, so it should depend on it or select...

I dunno. Personally I vote for the patch from Srikar in


This is what we currently have, currently CONFIG_UPROBES is not
user-selectable anyway.


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