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Re: no access to local variables in function

On 05/28/2015 07:06 AM, Lentes, Bernd wrote:
> Hi,
> i'm new to systemtap. I try to check some local variables of kernel functions. I have a SLES 10 SP4, kernel I'm using systemtap 0.8.
> I'm following the instructions from .
> If I try to use the example from this page I get:
> idcc-devel:~/systemtap # stap -L 'kernel.function("vfs_read")'
> kernel.function("vfs_read@fs/read_write.c:248")
> Checking other functions with local variables also does not work:
> idcc-devel:~/systemtap # stap -L 'kernel.function("local_bh_enable")'
> kernel.function("local_bh_enable@kernel/softirq.c:139")
> idcc-devel:~/systemtap # stap -L 'kernel.function("__tasklet_schedule")'
> kernel.function("__tasklet_schedule@kernel/softirq.c:224")
> idcc-devel:~/systemtap # stap -L 'kernel.function("tasklet_kill_immediate")'
> kernel.function("tasklet_kill_immediate@kernel/softirq.c:439")
> I don't see any local variable. What can I do ?

On my fedora 21 system, I see this:

# stap -L 'kernel.function("vfs_read")'
kernel.function("vfs_read@fs/read_write.c:478") $file:struct file*
$buf:char* $count:size_t $pos:loff_t*

The first thing I'd do is make sure you've got kernel debuginfo
installed that *exactly* matches that kernel.

Wow, you are using an old kernel (2.6.16) and a *really* old version of
systemtap (0.8). Systemtap 0.8 was released in 2008-11-13. We've had 23
releases since then. Is there any chance you can upgrade to a newer version?

> Btw: is there a chance to monitor the variables of a blacklisted function ?

If you use guru mode ('stap -g'), you can probe blacklisted functions.
However, functions are usually blacklisted for a good reason...

David Smith
Red Hat
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