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+<!DOCTYPE book PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.1.2//EN"
+ "http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/xml/4.1.2/docbookx.dtd" >
+ <title>The Linux Kernel Tracepoint API</title>
+ This documentation is free software; you can redistribute
+ it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public
+ License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
+ version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later
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+ warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
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+ Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston,
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+ For more details see the file COPYING in the source
+ distribution of Linux.
+ <chapter id="intro">
+ Tracepoints are static probe points that are located in strategic points
+ throughout the kernel. 'Probes' register/unregister with tracepoints
+ via a callback mechanism. The 'probes' are strictly typed functions that
+ are passed a unique set of parameters defined by each tracepoint.
+ From this simple callback mechanism, 'probes' can be used to profile, debug,
+ and understand kernel behavior. There are a number of tools that provide a
+ framework for using 'probes'. These tools include Systemtap, ftrace, and
+ Tracepoints are defined in a number of header files via various macros. Thus,
+ the purpose of this document is to provide a clear accounting of the available
+ tracepoints. The intention is to understand not only what tracepoints are
+ available but also to understand where future tracepoints might be added.
+ The API presented has functions of the form:
+ <function>trace_tracepointname(function parameters)</function>. These are the
+ tracepoints callbacks that are found throughout the code. Registering and
+ unregistering probes with these callback sites is covered in the
+ <filename>Documentation/trace/*</filename> directory.