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KERNHIST(9)            NetBSD Kernel Developer's Manual            KERNHIST(9)

kernhist -- basic low-level kernel history tracing mechanism
options KERNHIST #include <sys/kernhist.h> Below are the functions and macros provided by kernhist.h: KERNHIST_DECL(name); KERNHIST_DEFINE(name); KERNHIST_INIT(name, unsigned num_entries); KERNHIST_INITIALIZER(name, void *buffer); KERNHIST_INIT_STATIC(struct kern_history name, void *buffer); KERNHIST_LOG(struct kern_history name, const char *fmt, u_long arg0, u_long arg1, u_long arg2, u_long arg3); KERNHIST_CALLARGS(struct kern_history name, const char *fmt, u_long arg0, u_long arg1, u_long arg2, u_long arg3); KERNHIST_CALLED(struct kern_history name); KERNHIST_FUNC(fname); KERNHIST_DUMP(struct kern_history name); void kernhist_dump(struct kern_history *history); void kernhist_dumpmask(u_int32_t bitmask); void kernhist_print(void (*pr)(const char *, ...));
The kernhist facility provides a very low-level tracing facility that can be called extremely early in the kernel initialisation. It provides a simple restricted printf(3) format syntax with a maximum of 4 arguments, each of type uintmax_t. options KERNHIST must be present in the kernel configuration to enable these functions and macros. A kernel history is a fixed-size buffer, either statically or dynamically allocated, that is written and read on a circular basis. Each entry includes the time the entry was made, the CPU from which the entry was recorded, the printf(3) like format string and length, the function name and length, the unique call count for this function, and the 4 arguments. The history event data can be viewed using the -U and -u histname options to vmstat(1), or by using the show kernhist command in ddb(4). User- written programs can retrieve history data from the kernel using the sysctl(9) variable kern.hist.histname. The format string must be a literal string that can be referenced later as it is not stored with the event (only a pointer to the format string is stored). It should only contain conversion specifiers suitable for uintmax_t sized values, such as ``%jx'', ``%ju'', and ``%jo'', and address (pointer) arguments should be cast to uintptr_t to avoid compiler errors on architectures where pointers are smaller than uintmax_t inte- gers. Conversion specifiers without a length modifier, and specifiers with length modifiers other than j, should not be used. Conversion specifiers that require additional dereferences of their cor- responding arguments, such as ``%s'', will not work in vmstat(1), but will work when called from ddb(4). These macros provide access to most kernel history functionality: KERNHIST_DECL(name) Declare an extern struct kern_history name. KERNHIST_DEFINE(name) Define a struct kern_history name. KERNHIST_INIT(name, num_entries) Dynamically initialise a kernel history called name with num_entries entries. KERNHIST_INITIALIZER(name, buffer) Initialise a statically defined kernel history called name using buffer as a static allocation used for the buffer. KERNHIST_INIT_STATIC(name, buffer) Initialise a statically declared kernel history name, using the statically allocated buffer for history entries. KERNHIST_FUNC(fname) Declare necessary variables for kernhist to be used this function. Callable only once per function. KERNHIST_LOG(name, fmt, arg0, arg1, arg2, arg3) For the given kernel history name, log the format string and argu- ments in the history as a unique event. KERNHIST_CALLED(name) Declare a function as being called. Either this or KERNHIST_CALLARGS() must be used once, near the function entry point, to maintain the number of times the function has been called. KERNHIST_CALLARGS(name, fmt, arg0, arg1, arg2, arg3) A combination of KERNHIST_CALLED() and KERNHIST_LOG() that avoids having a ``called!'' log message in addition to a message contain- ing normal arguments with a format string. KERNHIST_DUMP(name) Call kernhist_dump() on the named kernel history. kernhist_dump(history) Dump the entire contents of the specified kernel history. kernhist_dumpmask(bitmask) Used to dump a well known list of kernel histories. The following histories and their respective value (as seen in kernhist.h) are available: KERNHIST_UVMMAPHIST Include events from ``maphist''. KERNHIST_UVMPDHIST Include events from ``pdhist''. KERNHIST_UVMUBCHIST Include events from ``ubchist''. KERNHIST_UVMLOANHIST Include events from ``loanhist''. KERNHIST_USBHIST Include events from ``usbhist''. KERNHIST_SCDEBUGHIST Include events from ``scdebughist''. KERNHIST_BIOHIST Include events from ``biohist''. kernhist_print(pr) Print all the kernel histories to the kernel message buffer. The pr() argument is currently ignored.
The kernhist functionality is implemented within the files sys/sys/kernhist.h and sys/kern/kern_history.c. The former file contains the definitions of data structures used to export the data via the sysctl(9) mechanism.
vmstat(1), usbdi(9), uvm(9)
A uvm-specific version of the kernhist facility first appeared in NetBSD 1.4. The generalized version of kernhist appeared in NetBSD 6.0. The sysctl(9) interface to kernhist was introduced in NetBSD 8.0.
kernhist was originally written by Charles D. Cranor as part of the uvm(9) framework, under the name UVMHIST. Matthew R. Green generalized it into its current form to be available to non uvm(9) frameworks. Paul Goyette <> provided the sysctl(9) interface.
The restriction against using ``%s'' printf(3) specifier in format strings could be reduced to literal strings (such as the table of system call names) if vmstat(1) was extended to convert ``%s'' strings into user addresses after copying the strings out. KERNHIST_FUNC() could be converted to use __func__ always, as all the callers already do. The kernhist_dumpmask() list of masks could be properly published and made available, and as such this function may be removed in a future release. In addition to a statically-defined set of kernel histories, it would be possible to allow modular code to register and unregister their own his- tories dynamically, when a module is loaded or unloaded. The kernhist_print() function currently ignores its pr argument. NetBSD 10.99 October 25, 2017 NetBSD 10.99
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