Freeze using Linux function tracer on Xenomai 2.6

Radu Rendec radu.rendec at
Wed Aug 21 23:43:12 CEST 2019

On Wed, Aug 21, 2019 at 1:03 PM Jan Kiszka <jan.kiszka at> wrote:
> On 21.08.19 17:43, Radu Rendec via Xenomai wrote:
> >
> > Having said that, I enabled the Linux function tracer in the kernel
> > configuration and I experience a complete system freeze when I try to
> > activate it. Basically I'm doing this:
> >
> >    mount debugfs /sys/kernel/debug/ -t debugfs
> >    echo function > /sys/kernel/debug/tracing/current_tracer
> >
> > At that point I get a freeze. The system eventually reboots, but after
> > 10 minutes or so - even though no hardware watchdog is enabled.
> >
> > I'm running Xenomai 2.6.5 on Linux 3.2.102, on a PowerPC e300 (Freescale
> > MPC8378). Only Busybox init, sshd and a Busybox shell are running at the
> > time this happens.
> I never hacked on ppc, but I would bet that ftrace & Co. was never hardened
> there for use under Xenomai. Then, it may work for some time by luck and later
> crash randomly.
> Maybe the ipipe tracer worked there.

That makes sense, thanks for the hint!

Is there any (old) documentation that describes how to use the ipipe
tracer? I found this:
but it doesn't say how to start or read the traces.

I'm calling ipipe_trace_begin()/ipipe_trace_end() and trying to read
traces from /sys/kernel/debug/tracing/trace, but nothing seems to get
written to the kernel trace buffer. I'm obviously doing something wrong.

FWIW, I did enable the CONFIG_IPIPE_TRACE option.


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