Linux Plumbers Conf accepted speakers announced

We just announced the accepted speakers and talks for Linux Plumbers Conference:

http://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/program/speakers/

It’s obvious this is a technical conference – topics include Early bootup cross-distro collaboration by Dave Jones and one of the first public talks on btrfs by Chris Mason. I’m very pleased; we really wanted this to be a working conference, attended by the people who can make decisions and implement them.

We also need people who are actually using Linux and can give us detailed technical input. Too often developers end up in an echo chamber where we just repeat the same faulty assumptions to each other. It’s great to have someone from industry break in and say, “Actually, we do have millions of small files in a file system, fragmentation really hurts us, and fsck does take way too long.”

Early bird registration ends on Monday; save $50 on your travel budget and register before then. We also have a student program; check it out if you are a full or part-time student.

http://www.linuxplumbersconf.org/register/

Compiling lockstat with 2.6.x kernel

I wanted to use lockstat/lockmeter on a 2.6.16 kernel, but the lockstat userland tool wouldn’t compile.  I googled fruitlessly for a while and found a few posts from people with the same problem, but never any replies, which always means that you are doing something so mindlessly stupid that both the poster and the reader didn’t want to reply and embarrass anyone.  I resolved to post the answer even if it made me out to be an idiot.  Fortunately, only one part of the answer was mindlessly stupid, and the other was a minor header file issue.

For the mindlessly stupid part, it helps to define LINUX_INC_ROOT as the actual path to the include/ directory of your kernel source.  I managed to get this wrong about three times, so do an ls of it just to double-check.  The slightly intelligent part is that getsetdata.c wasn’t including the definition of CONFIG_LOCKMETER.  The current coolest way to include this appears to be using -include as part of compilation arguments, and it worked, so here ya go:

diff -ur lockstat/Makefile lockstat.new/Makefile
— lockstat/Makefile   2004-09-13 19:01:41.000000000 -0400
+++ lockstat.new/Makefile       2007-10-08 19:25:16.000000000 -0400
@@ -10,7 +10,7 @@

 PROGS  = lockstat
 CC     = gcc
-CFLAGS = -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer -I$(LINUX_INC_ROOT)
+CFLAGS = -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer -I$(LINUX_INC_ROOT) -include $(LINUX_INC_ROOT)/linux/autoconf.h

 default all: $(PROGS)

Fabulous!  And now I can run lockstat and get… a segfault!  Stay tuned!

Update:

The segfault appears to be because time_t was defined as something other than the one that ctime() would like to receive, and so ctime() was returning NULL instead of a nicely formatted string -> try to printf that -> boom.  The following fixed it:

diff -ur lockstat/lockstat.c lockstat.new/lockstat.c
— lockstat/lockstat.c 2004-09-13 19:01:41.000000000 -0400
+++ lockstat.new/lockstat.c     2007-10-08 20:34:13.000000000 -0400
@@ -36,7 +36,7 @@
 #include <stdlib.h>
 #include <string.h>
 #include <errno.h>
-#include <sys/time.h>
+#include <time.h>
 #include <linux/lockmeter.h>

 extern void    closeFiles(void);