Re: [FYI][PATCH] tracing/treewide: Remove second parameter of __assign_str()

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On Fri, 23 Feb 2024 10:30:45 -0800
Jeff Johnson <quic_jjohnson@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On 2/23/2024 9:56 AM, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> > From: "Steven Rostedt (Google)" <rostedt@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> > 
> > [
> >    This is a treewide change. I will likely re-create this patch again in
> >    the second week of the merge window of v6.9 and submit it then. Hoping
> >    to keep the conflicts that it will cause to a minimum.
> > ]
> > 
> > With the rework of how the __string() handles dynamic strings where it
> > saves off the source string in field in the helper structure[1], the
> > assignment of that value to the trace event field is stored in the helper
> > value and does not need to be passed in again.  
> Just curious if this could be done piecemeal by first changing the
> macros to be variadic macros which allows you to ignore the extra
> argument. The callers could then be modified in their separate trees.
> And then once all the callers have be merged, the macros could be
> changed to no longer be variadic.

I weighed doing that, but I think ripping off the band-aid is a better
approach. One thing I found is that leaving unused parameters in the macros
can cause bugs itself. I found one case doing my clean up, where an unused
parameter in one of the macros was bogus, and when I made it a used
parameter, it broke the build.

I think for tree-wide changes, the preferred approach is to do one big
patch at once. And since this only affects TRACE_EVENT() macros, it
hopefully would not be too much of a burden (although out of tree users may
suffer from this, but do we care?)

Now one thing I could do is to not remove the parameter, but just add:

	WARN_ON_ONCE((src) != __data_offsets->item##_ptr_);

in the __assign_str() macro to make sure that it's still the same that is
assigned. But I'm not sure how useful that is, and still causes burden to
have it. I never really liked the passing of the string in two places to
begin with.

-- Steve

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