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From: Brian Foster <>
To: Josef Bacik <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] xfstests: add a CGROUP configuration option
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2020 10:40:32 -0500
Message-ID: <20200218154032.GA14734@bfoster> (raw)
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On Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 09:17:10AM -0500, Josef Bacik wrote:
> On 2/17/20 11:38 AM, Brian Foster wrote:
> > On Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 03:34:31PM -0500, Josef Bacik wrote:
> > > I want to add some extended statistic gathering for xfstests, but it's
> > > tricky to isolate xfstests from the rest of the host applications.  The
> > > most straightforward way to do this is to run every test inside of it's
> > > own cgroup.  From there we can monitor the activity of tasks in the
> > > specific cgroup using BPF.
> > > 
> > 
> > I'm curious what kind of info you're looking for from tests..
> > 
> Latencies.  We have all of these tests doing all sorts of interesting
> things, I want to track operation latencies with code we're actually testing
> so I can see if I've introduced a performance regression somewhere.  Since
> Facebook's whole fleet is on btrfs I want to make sure I'm only getting
> information from things being run by xfstests so I can easily go back and
> hunt down regressions that get introduced.  With BPF I can filter on cgroup
> membership, so I know I'm only recording stats I care about.

Interesting, might be useful to document the use case in the commit log.

> > > The support for this is pretty simple, allow users to specify
> > > CGROUP=/path/to/cgroup.  We will create the path if it doesn't already
> > > exist, and validate we can add things to cgroup.procs.  If we cannot
> > > it'll be disabled, otherwise we will use this when we do _run_seq by
> > > echo'ing the bash pid into cgroup.procs, which will cause any children
> > > to run under that cgroup.
> > > 
> > 
> > Seems reasonable, but is there any opportunity to combine this with what
> > we have in common/cgroup2? It's not clear to me if this cares about
> > cgroup v1 or v2, but perhaps the cgroup2 checks could be built on top of
> > a generic CGROUP var? I'm also wondering if we'd want to change runtime
> > behavior purely based on the existence of the path as opposed to some
> > kind of separate knob (in the event some future test requires the path
> > for some reason without wanting to enable this mechanism).
> > 
> Oh I probably should have looked around, yeah we can definitely use this.
> My initial thought is to just make CGROUP2_PATH exported always, we create
> /path/to/cgroup2/xfstests and point CGROUP2_PATH at that, and then any tests
> that use the cgroup2 path for their test will automatically be populated
> under that global xfstests directory, so I can still capture them with my
> scripts. Does that sound reasonable?  Thanks,

Not sure I follow.. are you saying that we'd change CGROUP2_PATH from
simply pointing at the local cgroup2 root on the local box to some magic
field that directs creation of a cgroup for the particular test? Or did
you mean to use a different variable name in the second case? Maybe it's
just easier to see a patch...


> Josef

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Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-02-14 20:34 Josef Bacik
2020-02-17 16:38 ` Brian Foster
2020-02-18 14:17   ` Josef Bacik
2020-02-18 15:40     ` Brian Foster [this message]

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