Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project

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What is the OpenSolaris Project? .................................................................................................... 7 Web Resources for OpenSolaris ...................................................................................................... 10 Discussions .........................................................................................................................................11 Communities ......................................................................................................................................11 Projects ................................................................................................................................................11 OpenGrok .......................................................................................................................................... 12

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Planning the OpenSolaris Environment ...................................................................................... 15 Development Environment Configuration ................................................................................... 17 Networking ........................................................................................................................................ 18

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OpenSolaris Policies ........................................................................................................................ 21 Development Process and Coding Style ......................................................................................... 23

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Features of the OpenSolaris Project ............................................................................................. 25 Overview ............................................................................................................................................ 26 Security Technology: Least Privilege ............................................................................................... 26 Predictive Self-Healing ..................................................................................................................... 26 Zones .................................................................................................................................................. 28 Branded Zones (BrandZ) ................................................................................................................. 28 Zettabyte Filesystem (ZFS) .............................................................................................................. 29 Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) .............................................................................................................. 29 Modular Debugger (MDB) .............................................................................................................. 30

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.............. 58 8 Debugging C++ Applications With DTrace .................... 45 Enabling Simple DTrace Probes ......................... 36 CPU Scheduling ...................................................Contents 5 Programming Concepts ............................... 55 Enabling User Mode Probes .............................................. 91 Creating Mirrored Storage Pools .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 85 Global and Non-Global Zones ................................................................................................................................................... 38 Kernel Overview ...... 71 Software Memory Management ....................... 62 9 Managing Memory with DTrace and MDB ............................................... 43 6 Getting Started With DTrace ...................................................... 33 Threaded Programming .................................................................................................................................................................................................. 61 Using DTrace to Profile and Debug A C++ Program ........ 41 Process Debugging ........................................... 92 Creating a Filesystem and /home Directories .......... 52 7 Debugging Applications With DTrace .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2006 ......................................................... 31 Process and System Management .. 73 Using DTrace and MDB to Examine Virtual Memory ............................ 93 4 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.................................................................................................................................................................................. 87 DTracing a Process Running in a Zone ........................................ 88 11 Configuring Filesystems With ZFS ............................................................................................................................................................................... 57 DTracing Applications ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 47 Listing Traceable Probes ................................................................................................................................................................................................ 49 Programming in D . 89 Creating Pools With Mounted Filesystems .................................................................................................. 74 10 Observing Processes in Zones With DTrace .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

..................................................................................................................98 Writing the Loadable Module Configuration Entry Points .....................................................................................................................................97 Writing the Template Driver ........................................95 Overview of the Template Driver Example .................94 12 Writing a Template Character Device Driver ...................120 Building and Installing the Template Driver ...........................................................................................................132 ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................124 Dummy Driver Source ............................................................................................122 Reading and Writing the Device ..........................................................................................122 Adding the Template Driver ..............................................................................Configuring RAID-Z ........................... 113 Writing the Device Configuration File .................................................................123 Removing the Template Driver .....98 Writing the Autoconfiguration Entry Points ...............................102 Writing the User Context Entry Points ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 110 Writing the Driver Data Structures ...125 13 Debugging Drivers With DTrace .............................................................................................................121 Testing the Template Driver ...........131 Porting the smbfs Driver from Linux to the Solaris OS .................................................

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we’ll work through the following labs which are designed to demonstrate typical operating system issues by using OpenSolaris: I Process Debugging I I I I Enabling Simple DTrace Probes Listing Traceable Probes Programming in D Enabling User Mode DTrace Probes I Application Debugging I I DTracing Applications Using DTrace to Profile and Debug a C++ Program I Memory Management I Using DTrace and MDB to Examine Virtual Memory I Observing Processes I DTracing a Process Running in a Zone I Configuring Filesystems I I Creating Mirrored ZFS Storage Pools Creating a Filesystem and /home Directories 7 . projects. discussions. Finally. and source browser for the OpenSolaris project. Then. we’ll briefly describe how the features and documentation enable straightforward configuration of a development environment and initiation into the development process. We’ll start by showing you where to go to access the code. communities.1 Objectives M O D U L E 1 What is the OpenSolaris Project? The objective of this course is to learn about operating system computing by using the Solaris™ Operating System source code that is freely available through the OpenSolaris project.

What is the OpenSolaris Project? I I Configuring RAID-Z Device Drivers I I Writing a Template Character Device Driver Debugging a Device Driver with DTrace 8 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. 2006 .

It is a nexus for a community development effort where contributors from Sun and elsewhere can collaborate on developing and improving operating system technology. system administrators. Teaching with the OpenSolaris project provides the following advantages over instructional operating systems: I I Access to code for the revolutionary technologies in the Solaris 10 operating system Access to code for a commercial OS that is used in many environments and that scales to large systems Hardware platform support including SPARC. x86 and AMD x64 architectures Leadership on 64–bit computing $0. In the first eight months. seamless.00 for infinite right-to-use Free. complete. other operating system projects. exciting. The OpenSolaris source code will find a variety of uses. including being the basis for future versions of the Solaris OS product.What is the OpenSolaris Project? Relevance The OpenSolaris project was launched on June 14. 2005 to create a community development effort using the Solaris OS code as a starting point. over 12. The engineering community is continually growing and changing to meet the needs of developers. innovative. modification. and derived works I I I I I Module 1 • What is the OpenSolaris Project? 9 . and rock-solid code base Availability under the OSI-approved Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) allows royalty-free use. third-party products and distributions of interest to the community.000 participants have become registered members. and end users of the Solaris Operating System. Inc. The OpenSolaris project is currently sponsored by Sun Microsystems.

the OpenSolaris web site provides search across all of the site content and aggregated blogs.Web Resources for OpenSolaris Web Resources for OpenSolaris You can download the OpenSolaris source. 10 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. communities. In addition.org/os/downloads.opensolaris. view the license terms and access instructions for building source and installing the pre-built archives at: http://www. projects. downloads. The icons in the upper-right of the OpenSolaris web pages link you to discussions. 2006 . and source browser resources as shown in the following graphic. as shown in the upper-left of the graphic.

opensolaris. Module 1 • What is the OpenSolaris Project? 11 .opensolaris.opensolaris.org/os/communities for the complete list.org/os/community/zfs http://www.org/os/discussions for the complete list of forums to which you can subscribe.org/os/community/os_user_groups Academic and Research DTrace ZFS Zones Documentation Device Drivers Tools User Groups These are only a few of over 30 communities actively working on OpenSolaris.org/os/community/dtrace http://www.org/os/community/zones http://www.org/os/community/documentation http://www. See http://www. Projects Projects hosted on the opensolaris.org/os/community/device_drivers http://www.Web Resources for OpenSolaris Discussions Discussions provide you with access to the experts who are working on new open source technologies. or joint-authored products. Discussions also provide an archive of previous conversations that you can reference for answers to your questions.org/os/community/edu http://www.org/os/projects for the current list of new projects. Communities form around interest groups.org/os/community/tools http://www. for example: http://www.opensolaris. See http://www.org web site are collaborative efforts that produce objects such as code changes.opensolaris. technologies. and user groups.opensolaris.opensolaris. graphics. Communities Communities provide connections to other participants with similar interests in the OpenSolaris project.opensolaris. See http://opensolaris. tools. documents.opensolaris. Projects that are submitted and accepted by at least one other interested participant are given space on the projects page to get started. New projects are initiated by participants by request on the discussions. Projects have code repositories and committers and may live within a community or independently. support.opensolaris.

RCS.opensolaris. extensively commented code that reads like a book.org/source to try it out! The first project to be hosted on opensolaris. you can download the complete codebase. If you just need to know how some features work in the Solaris OS. the source code browser provides a convenient alternative.org/os/project/opengrok to find out about the ongoing development project. See http://cvs. so that you can better understand the open source. See http://www.org was OpenGrok. OpenGrok understands various program file formats and version control histories like SCCS. The following graphic shows the results of an OpenGrok file path search on fbt. and CVS. If you’re interested in working on an OpenSolaris project.opensolaris.Web Resources for OpenSolaris OpenGrok OpenGrok™ is the fast and usable source code search and cross reference engine used in OpenSolaris. 12 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. 2006 . Take an online tour of the source and you’ll discover cleanly written.

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M O D U L E Planning the OpenSolaris Environment 2 2 Objectives The objective of this module is to understand the system requirements. 15 . support information and documentation available for the OpenSolaris project installation and configuration.

sun.. 2005. and other software development topics.Planning the OpenSolaris Environment Additional Resources I I Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Basic Installations. Sun Studio 11: C User’s Guide. Sun Microsystems.html I 16 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. 2006 . Sun Microsystems. Performance Analyzer. Inc. dmake. 2005. Resources for Running Solaris OS on a Laptop: http://www. Inc..com/bigadmin/features/articles/laptop_resources. Click Sun Studio 11 Collection to see Sun Studio books about dbx.

and Xeon EM64T. and documentation provided for the OpenSolaris project.PLATFORM.tar.Development Environment Configuration Development Environment Configuration There is no substitute for hands-on experience with operating system code and direct access to kernel modules. Pentium.org/gswiki/Download-form.bz2 file is provided if you build from source. For supported systems. Build 32 or newer. The unique challenges of kernel development and access to root privileges for a system are made simpler by the tools. AMD64. Pre-built OpenSolaris distributions are limited to the Solaris Express: Community Release [DVD Version]. Source files Install images BFU archives The on-bfu-DATE.sun. see the Solaris OS Hardware Compatibility List at http://www.tar.gnusolaris.org/os/downloads for detailed instructions about how how to build from source. The SUNWonbld-DATE. SPARC64. For the OpenSolaris kernel with the GNU user environment. forums. Consider the following features of OpenSolaris as you plan your development environment: TABLE 2–1 Configurable Lab Component Support Configurable Component Support From the OpenSolaris Project Hardware OpenSolaris supports systems that use the SPARC® and x86 families of processor architectures: UltraSPARC®.PLATFORM.bz2 file is provided if you are installing from pre-built archives.opensolaris. See http://www. Build tools Module 2 • Planning the OpenSolaris Environment 17 . try http://www.com/bigadmin/hcl.

See http://www.opensolaris. Networking The OpenSolaris project meets future networking challenges by radically improving your network performance without requiring changes to your existing applications. Also.opensolaris.org/ os/community/tools/gcc for the gcc community. I Memory/Disk Requirements I Memory requirement: 256M minimum. refer to http://www. an open-source virtual machine monitor developed by the Xen team at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. 1GB recommended Disk space requirement: 350M bytes Virtual OS environments Zones and Branded Zones in OpenSolaris provide protected and virtualized operating system environments within an instance of Solaris. allowing one or more processes to run in isolation from other activity on the system.org/ os/community/xen/ for details and links to the Xen project. See http://www.org/ os/community/tools/sun_studio_tools/ for instructions about how to download and install the latest versions. see http://opensolaris.org/os/project/content/articles/vmware for draft version of a recent article describing how to get started. I Speeds application performance by about 50 percent by using an enhanced TCP/IP stack 18 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. OpenSolaris supports Xen. Refer to Module 2 for more information about how Zones and Branded Zones enable kernel and user mode development of Solaris and Linux applications without impacting developers in separate zones. OpenSolaris is also a VMWare™ guest.opensolaris.Development Environment Configuration TABLE 2–1 Configurable Lab Component Support Configurable Component (Continued) Support From the OpenSolaris Project Compilers and tools Sun Studio 10 compilers and tools are freely available for use by OpenSolaris developers. 2006 .

wireless networking. empowered to update it yourself. Participation in the OpenSolaris project can improve overall performance across your network with the latest technologies. and Voice over IP (VoIP) networking features through extended routing and protocol support Supports current IPv6 specifications I I Find out more about ongoing networking developments in the OpenSolaris project here: http://opensolaris.Development Environment Configuration I Supports many of the latest networking technologies. Module 2 • Planning the OpenSolaris Environment 19 . streaming. Your lab environment becomes self-sustaining when hosted on OpenSolaris because you are always running the latest and greatest environment.org/os/community/networking/. such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet. and hardware offloading Accommodates high-availability.

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21 .M O D U L E OpenSolaris Policies 3 3 Objectives The objective of this module is to understand at a high-level the development process steps and the coding style that is used in the OpenSolaris project.

http://www.org/os/community/onnv/os_dev_process/ C Style and Coding Standards for SunOS.org/os/community/documentation/getting_started_docs/ I 22 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. 2006 . http://www.opensolaris.OpenSolaris Policies Additional Resources I OpenSolaris Development Process.opensolaris.

Idea First.Development Process and Coding Style Development Process and Coding Style The development process for the OpenSolaris project follows the following high-level steps: 1. The Integration phase is to make sure everything that was supposed to be done has in fact been done. If a formal review is needed. if needed Identifying code reviewers in preparation for integration 4.opensolaris. Module 3 • OpenSolaris Policies 23 . Next.org web page. and completeness. documentation. someone has an idea for an enhancement or has a gripe about a defect.org/os/community/documentation/getting_started_docs/ I I I I Writing the test suites Passing various unit and pre-integration tests Writing or updating the user documentation. complete the following next steps: I I I I Identify design and architectural reviewers Write a design document Write a test plan Conduct design reviews and get the appropriate approvals 3.opensolaris. which means conducting reviews for code. Integration Integration happens after all reviews have been completed and permission to integrate has been granted. Implementation The Implementation phase consists of the following: I Writing of the actual code in accordance with policies and standards Download C Style and Coding Standards for SunOS here:http://www. announce it to other developers on the appropriate E-mail list. Design The Design phase determines whether or not a formal design review is even needed. Search for an existing bug or file a new bug or request for enhancement (RFE) by using the http://bugs. The announcement has the following benefits: I I I I Precipitate discussion of the change or enhancement Determine the complexity of the proposed change(s) Gauge community interest Identify potential team members 2.

opensolaris. Two tools for checking many elements of the coding style are available as part of the OpenSolaris distribution. automate the diagnosis. Compatibility – New subsystems and interfaces must be extensible and versioned in order to allow for future enhancements and changes without sacrificing compatibility. These tools are cstyle(1) for verifying compliance of C code with most style guidelines. with mechanisms in place in order to audit changes done to the system and by whom. 24 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. providing accurate results with no data loss or corruption. regardless of its source.org/os/community/onnv/. Maintainability – OpenSolaris must be architected so that common subroutines are combined into libraries or kernel modules that can be used by an arbitrary number of consumers. Performance – The performance of OpenSolaris must be second to none when compared to other operating systems running on identical environments. I I I I I I I I Refer to http://www. OpenSolaris enforces a coding style on contributed code. in a consistent and straightforward manner. Manageability – It must allow for the management of individual components.org/os/community/onnv/os_dev_process/ for more detailed information about the process that is used for collaborative development of OpenSolaris code. with flow charts that illustrate the development phases.Development Process and Coding Style The formal process document for OpenSolaris describes the previous steps in greater detail. Security – OpenSolaris security must be designed into the operating system. Like many projects. and hdrchk(1) for checking the style of C and C++ headers. This style is described in detail at http://opensolaris. Availability – Services must be designed to be restartable in the event of an application failure and OpenSolaris itself must be able to recover from non-fatal hardware failures. Platform Neutrality – OpenSolaris must continue to be platform neutral and lower level abstractions must be designed with multiple and future platforms in mind. Serviceability – It must be possible to diagnose both fatal and transient issues and wherever possible. 2006 . That document also details the following design principles and core values that are to be applied to source code development for the OpenSolaris project: I Reliability – OpenSolaris must perform correctly. software or hardware.

25 .M O D U L E Features of the OpenSolaris Project 4 4 Objectives The objective of this module is to describe the major features of the OpenSolaris project and how the features have fundamentally changed operating system computing.

let’s briefly talk about the following features of the operating environment: I I I I I I I Security Technology: Least Privilege Services Management Facility (SMF) Zones Branded Zones (BrandZ) Zetabyte File System (ZFS) Dynamic Tracing Facility (DTrace) Modular Debugger (MDB) Security Technology: Least Privilege UNIX® has historically had an all-or-nothing privilege model that imposes the following restrictions: I I I I No way to limit root user privileges No way for non-root users to perform privileged operations Applications needing only a few privileged operations must run as root Very few are trusted with root privileges and virtually no students are so trusted In the Solaris OS we’ve developed fine-grained privileges. This section describes the new Fault Management Architecture and Services Management Facility that make up the self-healing technology. and maintain a portion of the campus or department infrastructure. processes.Overview Overview Now that you have considered the components. Fault Management Architecture (FMA) The Solaris OS provides a new architecture. the UltraSPARC 26 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. error telemetry. response agents. Many parts of Solaris are already participating in FMA. The least privilege allows students to be granted the privileges that they need to complete their course work. for building resilient error handlers. automated diagnosis software. Fine-grained privileges allows applications and users to run with just the privileges they need. Predictive Self-Healing Predictive self-healing was implemented in two ways in the Solaris 10 OS. participate in research. 2006 . including the CPU and Memory error handling for UltraSPARC III and IV. and guidelines for OpenSolaris development. FMA. and a consistent model of system failures for a management stack.

d(4) startup mechanism and includes an enhanced inetd(1M) . The smf(5) framework replaces (in a compatible manner) the existing init. In addition to service-level management improvements. See http://opensolaris. the OpenSolaris project provides application-level features and functionality to create separate and protected run-time environments. Opteron support is scheduled for build 34. Beyond consistent error handling. Module 4 • Features of the OpenSolaris Project 27 . A variety of projects are underway. for both microscopic and macroscopic system resources.Overview PCI HBAs. The sophisticated resource management facilities of zones addresss the unique challenges of application development and testing in shared environments. Memory. and integration with various management stacks. such as email delivery. and more. and remote command execution in the OpenSolaris project. SMF gives developers the following: I Automated restart of services in dependency order due to administrative errors. configuration. conversion of key device drivers.org/os/community/smf/scfdot to see a graph of the SMF services and their dependencies on an x86 system freshly installed with the Solaris OS Nevada build 24. and observation Access to service-based resource management Simplified boot-process debugging I I I See http://opensolaris.org/os/community/fm for information about how to participate in the Fault Management community or to download the Fault Management MIB that is currently in development. and telemetry events are produced that drive automated diagnosis and response. and I/O faults on Opteron. ftp requests. Services Management Facility (SMF) SMF creates a supported. The Fault Management tools and architecture enable development of self-healing content for software and hardware failures. including full support for CPU. unified model for management of an enormous number of services. simple view for administrators and system management software. all with a unified. When a subsystem is converted to participate in Fault Management. promoting the service to a first-class operating system object. or uncorrectable hardware errors A single API for service management. software bugs. error handling is made resilient so that the system can continue to operate despite some underlying failure.

Additionally. 2006 . Refer to http://opensolaris. the resource management facilities can be used to prevent processes in one zone from using too much of a system resource or to guarantee them a certain service level. The lx brand enables Linux binary applications to run unmodified on Solaris. zones and resource management are often referred to as containers. name space and fault isolation. Branded Zones (BrandZ) BrandZ is a framework that extends the zones infrastructure to create Branded Zones. porting to SPARC might be an interesting community project because BrandZ lx is still very much a work in progress.Overview Zones A zone is a virtual operating system abstraction that provides a protected environment in which applications run.org/os/community/brandz/install/ for the installation requirements and instructions. This feature is only available for x86 and AMD x64 architectures at this time. they co-exist within one operating system instance. However. The lx brand will run on x86/x64 systems booted with either a 32-bit or 64-bit kernel. A branded zone may be as simple as an environment where the standard Solaris utilities are replaced by their GNU equivalents. isolated environments. using BrandZ. the OpenSolaris project takes zones a step further and provides separate and protected run-time environments. To ease the labor of managing multiple applications and their environments. The OpenSolaris project addresses the unique challenges of operating system development and testing for application performance using features like zones. or as complex as a complete Linux user space. and are usually managed as one entity. 28 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. and includes the tools necessary to install a CentOS or Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution inside a zone on a Solaris system. Zones provide protected environments for Solaris applications.org/os/community/zones/faq/ for answers to a large number of common questions about zones and links to the latest administration documentation. only 32-bit Linux applications are able to run. Zones can be combined with the resource management facilities which are present in OpenSolaris to provide more complete. for Linux applications. While the zone supplies the security. within zones that are running a complete Linux user space. Regardless of the underlying kernel. which are zones that contain non-native operating environments. See http://opensolaris. for example. The applications are protected from each other to provide software fault isolation. The lx brand enables user-level Linux software to run on a machine with a OpenSolaris kernel. Together. filesystem partitioning for kernel development is simplified by the ZFS code in the OpenSolaris project.

similar to RAID-5. In addition to pooled storage. so they can be created easily and quickly like directories. They grow automatically within the space allocated to the storage pool. Each storage pool is comprised of one or more virtual devices. and stranded storage. In RAID-Z. ZFS uses variable-width RAID stripes so that all writes are full-stripe writes. RAID-Z is a virtual device that stores data and parity on multiple disks. provisioning. DTrace enables you to do the following: I I I I I I Dynamically enable and manage thousands of probes Dynamically associate predicates and actions with probes Dynamically manage trace buffers and probe overhead Examine trace data from a live system or from a system crash dump Implement new trace data providers that plug into DTrace Implement trace data consumers that provide data display 29 Module 4 • Features of the OpenSolaris Project . developers. This is only possible because ZFS integrates filesystem and device management in such a way that the filesystem’s metadata has enough information about the underlying data replication model to handle variable-width RAID stripes. Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) DTrace provides a powerful infrastructure to permit administrators. In addition to enhanced configuration and administration features that simplify and support developer requirements. the code made available in the OpenSolaris project provides a sophisticated dynamic tracing facility (DTrace) for debugging kernel and application behavior. which describe the layout of physical storage and its fault characteristics.opensolaris. See http://www. wasted bandwidth. ZFS presents a pooled storage model that eliminates the concept of volumes and the associated problems of partitions.org/os/community/zfs/demos/basics/ for 100 Mirrored Filesystems in 5 Minutes. and service personnel to concisely answer arbitrary questions about the behavior of the operating system and user programs.Overview Zettabyte Filesystem (ZFS) ZFS filesystems are not constrained to specific devices. The combined I/O bandwidth of all devices in the pool is available to all filesystems at all times. a demonstration of administering mirrored pools with ZFS. RAID-Z is the world’s first software-only solution to the RAID-5 write hole. ZFS provides RAID-Z data redundancy configuration.

user process core files. In addition to DTrace.opensolaris. Modular Debugger (MDB) MDB is a debugger designed to facilitate analysis of problems that require low-level debugging facilities. the OpenSolaris project provides debugging facilities for low-level types of development.org/os/community/dtrace. kernel and device developers rely on mdb to determine why and where their code went wrong. Generally. You can use the kmdb command to debug the live operating system kernel and device drivers when you also need to control and halt the execution of the kernel. where you can ask the experts or review previous conversations and common questions.opensolaris. for example. 2006 . object files. You can use the mdb command interactively or in scripts to debug live user processes. See http://www. MDB is available as two commands that share common features: mdb and kmdb.Overview I Implement tools that configure DTrace probes Find the DTrace community pages here http://www. There is an active community for MDB. and knowledge of assembly language to diagnose and correct. examination of core files.org/os/community/mdb 30 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. the live operating system. device driver development. kernel crash dumps. and other files.

as follows: Threaded Programming Kernel Overview CPU Scheduling Process Debugging 31 .M O D U L E Programming Concepts 5 I I I I 5 Objectives This module provides a high-level description of the fundamental concepts of the OpenSolaris programming environment.

Inc.. Prentice Hall PTR (May 12. Prentice Hall PTR (August 19. Inc.. Inc. STREAMS Programming Guide. 2004). by Rich Teer Multithreaded Programming Guide. Sun Microsystems.Programming Concepts Additional Resources I Solaris Internals (2nd Edition). I I I I 32 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.. 2006 . 2005. 2005. Solaris 64-bit Developer’s Guide. 2006) by Jim Mauro and Richard McDougall Solaris Systems Programming. 2005. Sun Microsystems. Sun Microsystems.

we find that the code comments provide a graphical representation of these relationships: 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * The operation that binds tasks and projects to pools is atomic. and labelled such that workload components are associated with a subset of a system’s total resources. Processor sets and other entities are configured. grouped. or (in case of an error) they will be all left bound to the old pool. each user is assigned by the system administrator to a project. and processor sets are managed through the pset() system call. Module 5 • Programming Concepts 33 . Also. By default. Processes in a given task or a given project can only be bound to different pools if they were rebound individually one by one as single processes. The resource pools facility brings together process-bindable resources into a common abstraction called a pool. all processes belong to the same pool. When the pools facility is enabled.c. If we search OpenGrok for pool. A task contains the login process as well as subsequent child processes. which is a grouping mechanism for processes. processor sets must be managed by using the pools facility. Processes may be bound to pools that have non-empty resource sets. When the pools facility is disabled. That is. Two pools (default and foo) are associated with the same processor set (default). and are bound to the same resource sets associated with the resource pool of that process. The following picture shows one possible pool configuration with three pools and three processor sets.Process and System Management Process and System Management The basic unit of workload is the process. Note that processor set "foo" is not associated with any pools and therefore cannot have any processes bound to it. which is a network-wide administrative identifier. either all processes in a given task or a project will be bound to a new pool. Each successful login to a project creates a new task. Process IDs (PIDs) are numbered sequentially throughout the system. New pools can be created and associated with processor sets. pool_default. note that processes in Task 2 are bound to different pools. Threads or LWPs of the same process do not have pool bindings.

..... A zone can be thought of as a container in which one or more applications run isolated from all other applications on the system. pools..d|............. 34 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March......... projects.Process and System Management 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Processor Sets +---------+ +--------------+========================> | default | a| | +---------+ s| | || s| | +---------+ o| | | foo | c| | +---------+ i| | || a| | +---------+ t| | +------> | bar | e| | | +---------+ d| | | | | +---------+ +---------+ +---------+ Pools | default |======| foo |======| bar | +---------+ +---------+ +---------+ @ @ @ @ @ @ b| | | | | | o| | | | | | u| +-----+ | +-------+ | +---+ n| | | | | | ......... 2006 ................. Processes can be optionally be run inside a zone.. tasks.::. and processor sets..|........|.| p | : : +---+ :: +---+ +---+ +---+ :: +---+ +---+ : :.....::..|...|....... : | :: | | | :: | | : : +---+ :: +---+ +---+ +---+ :: +---+ +---+ : Processes : | p | :: | p | | p | | p | :: | p |... Zones are setup by system administrators... New types of resource sets will be added in the future...|. often for security purposes... in order to isolate groups of users or processes from one another..: Task 1 Task 2 Task N | | | | | | | +-----------+ | +-----------+ +--| Project 1 |--+ | Project N | +-----------+ +-----------+ This is just an illustration of relationships between processes.

At each of these points. The few applications which fall into this category may need applications to run properly inside a zone or in some cases. However. Each brand may provide pre-boot and post-boot scripts that allow us to do any final boot-time setup or configuration. a disk partition. process loading path. should continue to be used within the global zone. I I I Module 5 • Programming Concepts 35 . Applications should instead use one of the many IP services. a brand may choose to supplement or replace the standard behavior of the Solaris OS. Since zones do not change the OpenSolaris Application Programming Interface (APIs) or Application Binary Interface (ABI). Here are some guidelines: I An application which accesses the network and files. which allows us to install an arbitrary collection of software in the branded zone. The zonecfg and zoneadm tools can set and report a zone’s brand type. will usually work if the zone is configured correctly. Fundamentally different brands may require new interposition points. should work correctly. I I BrandZ extends the Zones infrastructure in user space in the following ways: I I A brand is an attribute of a zone. and performs no other I/O. A small number of applications which are normally run as root or with certain privileges may not run inside a zone if they rely on being able to access or change some global resource. An example might be the ability to change the system’s time-of-day clock. thread creation path. or a network device. in some cases this may increase security risks. For example. Applications which require direct access to these devices may need to be modified to work correctly. etc. Each brand provides its own installation routine. Applications which require direct access to certain devices. recompiling an application is not necessary in order to run it inside a zone. I I BrandZ provides a set of interposition points in the kernel: I These points are found in the syscall path. set at zone configuration time. These interposition points are only applied to processes in a branded zone. for example. /dev/kmem.Process and System Management Most software that runs on OpenSolaris will run unmodified in a zone.

and branded zones. or to access specific data. Counting semaphores typically coordinate access to resources. In OpenSolaris. let’s discuss processes in the context of threads. a process is also an address space. 2006 . Thread synchronization enables you to control program flow and access to shared data for concurrently executing threads. void *arg). I I I 36 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.spec in OpenGrok for the complete list of pthread functions and declarations. pthread_create() returns zero when the call completes successfully. the thread that is trying to access the resource blocks. resource pools. Any other return value indicates that an error occurred. zones. The four synchronization objects are mutex locks. read/write locks. void*(*start_routine)(void *). The libraries are libpthread for POSIX threads. Use pthread_create(3C) to add a new thread of control to the current process. Communication between the threads of one process is simple because the threads share everything. Go to /on/usr/src/lib/libc/spec/threads. so programming with multiple processes is programming with multiple threads. The count is the limit on how many threads can have access to a semaphore. and creating a process involves creating a new address space. and libthread for OpenSolaris threads. When start_routine returns. const pthread_attr_t *tattr. int pthread_create(pthread_t *tid. Condition variables block threads until a particular condition is true. An exclusive write lock is not permitted until all read locks have been released. Each process contains a single thread. But. The pthread_create() function is called with attr that has the necessary state behavior. condition variables. Read/write locks permit concurrent reads and exclusive writes to a protected shared resource. start_routine is the function with which the new thread begins execution. So.Process and System Management Threaded Programming Now that we’ve learned about processes in the context of tasks. multithreading support for both sets of interfaces is provided by the standard C library. inlcuding a common address space and open file descriptors. To modify a resource. a thread must first acquire the exclusive write lock. Multithreading provides flexibility by decoupling kernel-level and user-level resources. the thread exits with the exit status set to the value returned by start_routine. and semaphores. projects. data produced by one thread is immediately available to all the other threads. Traditional UNIX already supports the concept of threads. When the count is reached. I Mutex locks allow only one thread at a time to execute a specific section of code.

Under lib/libthread these interfaces provided _sigon/_sigoff (unlike lwp/libthread that provided signal blocking via bind_guard/bind_clear.c file reveal the following: 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 . Code comments in the mutex. This removes recursive problems encountered when obtaining locking interfaces from libthread. Threads in different processes can communicate with each other through synchronization objects that are placed in threads-controlled shared memory.Process and System Management Synchronization Synchronization objects are variables in memory that you access just like data. Lower level locking is derived from internally bound _lwp_ interfaces. The synchronization objects can have lifetimes beyond the life of the creating process.init has completed). through which we vector all rt_mutex_lock/rt_mutex_unlock calls. Two models are supported: TI_VERSION == 1 Under this model libthread provides rw_rwlock/rw_unlock. The threads can communicate with each other even though the threads in different processes are generally invisible to each other. Both libthreads block signals under the bind_guard/bind_clear interfaces. The use of mutexes over reader/writer locks also enables the use of condition variables for controlling thread concurrency (allows access to objects only after their . When called via _ld_concurrency() from libthread these vectors are reassigned to real threads interfaces. In a non-threaded environment all thread interfaces are vectored to noops.so.1 and libthread. TI_VERSION == 2 Under this model only libthreads bind_guard/bind_clear and thr_self interfaces are used. Synchronization objects can also be placed in files. Module 5 • Programming Concepts 37 . * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Implementation of all threads interfaces between ld...

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OpenGrok results for a full search on POSIX reveal the POSIX.pod file that includes the module, as described in the following comments:
POSIX 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ... Perl interface to IEEE Std 1003.1 =head1 SYNOPSIS use POSIX; use POSIX qw(setsid); use POSIX qw(:errno_h :fcntl_h); printf "EINTR is %d\n", EINTR; $sess_id = POSIX::setsid(); $fd = POSIX::open($path, O_CREAT|O_EXCL|O_WRONLY, 0644); # note: that’s a filedescriptor, *NOT* a filehandle =head1 DESCRIPTION The POSIX module permits you to access all (or nearly all) the standard POSIX 1003.1 identifiers. Many of these identifiers have been given Perl-ish interfaces. Things which are C<#defines> in C, like EINTR or O_NDELAY, are automatically exported into your namespace. All functions are only exported if you ask for them explicitly. Most likely people will prefer to use the fully-qualified function names. This document gives a condensed list of the features available in the POSIX module.

Now that you understand a bit about how synchronization objects are defined in multi-threaded programming, let’s learn how these objects are managed by using scheduling classes.

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A scheduling class is maintained for each lightweight process (LWP). Threads have the scheduling class and priority of their underlying LWPs. Each LWP in a process can have a unique scheduling class and priority that are visible to the kernel. Thread priorities regulate contention for synchronization objects. The RT and TS scheduling classes both call priocntl(2) to set the priority level of processes or LWPs within a process. Using OpenGrok to search the code base for priocntl, we find the variables that are used in the RT and TS scheduling classes in the rtsched.c file as follows:
27 #pragma ident "@(#)rtsched.c 1.10 05/06/08 SMI" 28 29 #include "lint.h" 30 #include "thr_uberdata.h" 31 #include <sched.h> 32 #include <sys/priocntl.h> 33 #include <sys/rtpriocntl.h> 34 #include <sys/tspriocntl.h> 35 #include <sys/rt.h> 36 #include <sys/ts.h> 37 38 /* 39 * The following variables are used for caching information 40 * for priocntl TS and RT scheduling classs. 41 */

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struct pcclass ts_class, rt_class; static static static static static static static rtdpent_t *rt_dptbl; int rt_rrmin; int rt_rrmax; int rt_fifomin; int rt_fifomax; int rt_othermin; int rt_othermax; /* RT class parameter table */

Typing the man priocntl command in a terminal window shows the details of each scheduling class and describes attributes and usage. For example:
% man priocntl Reformatting page. Please Wait... done User Commands NAME priocntl - display or set scheduling parameters of specified process(es) SYNOPSIS priocntl -l priocntl -d [-i idtype] [idlist] priocntl -s [-c class] [ class-specific i idtype] [idlist] priocntl -e [-c class] [ class-specific [argument(s)] options] [priocntl(1)

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Kernel modules do not execute sequentially. Kernel modules have higher execution privilege. let’s discuss the kernel and how kernel modules are different from user programs. virtual memory. An application runs in user space. the --More--(4%) Kernel Overview Now that you have a high-level understanding of processes. and services hardware interrupts and exceptions. A kernel module registers itself in order to serve future requests. Inter-Active Class. A module runs in kernel space. Coordinates interactions of all user processes and system resources. The characteristics of these classes and the class-specific options they accept are described below in the USAGE section under the headings Real-Time Class. and Fixed-Priority Class. Provides applications with system services such as I/O management. services resource requests. Kernel space and user space have their own memory address spaces. Code that runs in kernel space has greater privilege than code that runs in user space. Fair-Share Class. Assigns priorities. 41 I I Module 5 • Programming Concepts . A kernel module does not execute sequentially. pages memory. processes. With appropriate permissions. Schedules and switches threads. and swaps processes. and scheduling. A user program typically executes sequentially and performs a single task from beginning to end. Execution Differences Between Kernel Modules and User Programs The following characteristics of kernel modules highlight important differences between the execution of kernel modules and the execution of user programs: I Kernel modules have separate address space.Process and System Management priority class. TimeSharing Class. The Solaris kernel does the following: I I Manages the system resources. I I I The following section discusses several important differences between kernel modules and user programs. including file systems. and physical devices. threads. System software is protected from user programs. and scheduling.

Using this prefix for private symbols within the module also is a good practice. The only functions a kernel module can call are functions that are exported by the kernel. In a symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) system. an interrupt handler can request your driver at the same time that your driver is serving a system call. otherwise customized code can be written for both kernel and user/libraries. For example. So. 2006 . give them a prefix that is unique within the kernel. your driver could be executing concurrently on more than one CPU. You cannot assume that your driver code is safe just because your driver code does not block. Avoiding global variables in kernel modules is even more important than avoiding global variables in user programs. Kernel modules require a different set of header files than user programs require. When you must use global symbols. Kernel modules use different header files. Kernel modules can share data. have no main() routine. Your driver must be able to handle contention issues that result from multiple requests. Kernel modules. As much as possible. including device drivers. Kernel modules can include header files that are shared by user programs if the user and kernel interfaces within such shared header files are defined conditionally using the _KERNEL macro. Kernel modules should avoid global variables. the data structures and routines that constitute a driver are shared by all threads that use the driver. I I Structural Differences Between Kernel Modules and User Programs The following characteristics of kernel modules highlight important differences between the structure of kernel modules and the structure of user programs: I Kernel modules do not define a main program.Process and System Management I Kernel modules can be interrupted. Kernel modules are linked only to the kernel. Design your driver assuming your driver might be preempted. Kernel modules must be preemptable. Design your driver data structures carefully to keep multiple threads of execution separate. By contrast. Kernel modules can be customized for hardware. a kernel module is a collection of subroutines and data. something which OpenSolaris has for some of the more recent x86/x64 and UltraSPARC platforms. Kernel modules do not link in the same libraries that user programs link in. declare symbols as static. I I I I 42 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. while the kernel can dedicate certain registers to certain roles. Different threads of an application program need not share data. Kernel modules can dedicate process registers to specific roles. You can also have customized libraries as well. Instead. More than one process can request your driver at the same time. The required header files are listed in the man page for each function. Kernel code can be optimized for a specific processor.

one using /usr/lib/libthread. reveals the following code comments in the mdb_tdb.so and 46 * the other using /usr/lib/lwp/libthread.Process and System Management I Kernel modules can be loaded and unloaded on demand. mdb is designed so that multiple targets can be 43 * active simultaneously.so. You can add functionality to the kernel while the system is up and running. and if it is 49 * not already open. we don’t bother unloading it unless the entire cache is explicitly 52 * flushed. so we 38 * must be prepared to switch modes on-the-fly.4 05/06/08 SMI" 28 29 /* 30 * libthread_db (tdb) cache 31 * 32 * In order to properly debug multi-threaded programs. so the debugger starts up faster. or using the services provided by libthread_db (if 36 * the process is linked with libthread). 54 */ Module 5 • Programming Concepts 43 . a process may begin 37 * life as a single-threaded process and then later dlopen() libthread.c 1. This loadable module can then be statically or dynamically linked into the kernel and unlinked from the kernel. Additionally. A full search for libthread in OpenGrok.so the victim 42 * process has open. instead. so we could even have *both* libthread_db’s open at 44 * the same time. The proc target calls 48 * mdb_tdb_load() with the pathname of a libthread_db to load. the proc target must be 33 * able to query and modify information such as a thread’s register set using 34 * either the native LWP services provided by libproc (if the process is not 35 * linked with libthread). This might happen if you were looking at two multi-threaded 45 * user processes inside of a crash dump. Once an object is 51 * loaded. This mechanism also has the nice property that we don’t bother 53 * loading libthread_db until we need it.c file that describe the connection between multi-threaded debugging and how mdb works: #pragma ident "@(#)mdb_tdb. 50 * and fill in an ops vector which we return to the caller. The collection of subroutines and data that constitute a device driver can be compiled into a single loadable module of object code. we dlopen() it. look up the symbols we need to reference. There are also two possible 39 * libthread implementations (one in /usr/lib and one in /usr/lib/lwp) so we 40 * cannot link mdb against libthread_db directly. You can test new versions of your driver without rebooting your system. Process Debugging Debugging processes at all levels of the development stack is a key part of writing kernel modules. we 47 * implement a libthread_db "cache" in this file. To meet these requirements. we must dlopen the 41 * appropriate libthread_db on-the-fly based on which libthread. Finally.

2006 . ::release Releases the previously attached process or core file. or process ID. addr ::delete [id | all] Delete the event specifiers with the given ID number.. Set a breakpoint at the specified locations. The process can subsequently be continued by prun(1) or it can be resumed by applying MDB or another debugger. pid::attach Attaches to process by using the pid. 44 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.. address::context Context switch to the specified process. [ addr ] ::bp [+/-dDestT] [-c cmd] [-n count] sym . $L Prints the LWP IDs of each LWP in the target if the target is a user process. We’ll start the hands-on lab exercises with DTrace and then add MDB when the debugging becomes more complex. These commands to set conditional breakpoints are often useful.Process and System Management The following mdb commands can be used to access the LWPs of a multi-threaded program: I I I I $l Prints the LWP ID of the representative thread if the target is a user process. I I I DTrace probes are constructed in a manner similar to MDB queries.

M O D U L E Getting Started With DTrace 6 6 Objectives The objective of this lab is to introduce you to DTrace using a probe script for a system call using DTrace. 45 .

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You can use the dtrace(1M) utility’s -n option to enable a probe using its string name. the CPU column indicates that the dtrace command was executing on CPU 0 when the probe fired. We’re going to start learning DTrace by building some very simple requests using the probe named BEGIN. you will see dtrace tell you that one probe was enabled and you will see a line of output indicating that the BEGIN probe fired. Notice that by default. are printed. 1. which fires once each time you start a new tracing request. Enable the probe: # dtrace -n BEGIN After a brief pause. the integer name of the CPU on which this probe fired is displayed. Once you see this output. In this example. dtrace remains paused waiting for other probes to fire. Module 6 • Getting Started With DTrace 47 . Since you haven’t enabled any other probes and BEGIN only fires once. press Control-C in your shell to exit dtrace and return to your shell prompt: 3 Return to your shell prompt by pressing Control-C: # dtrace -n BEGIN dtrace: description ’BEGIN’ matched 1 probe CPU ID FUNCTION:NAME 0 1 :BEGIN ^C # The output tells you that the probe named BEGIN fired once and both its name and integer ID. 1 2 Open a terminal window.Getting Started With DTrace Enabling Simple DTrace Probes Completion of the lab exercise will result in basic understanding of DTrace probes.

Getting Started With DTrace You can construct DTrace requests using arbitrary numbers of probes and actions. Let’s create a simple request using two probes by adding the END probe to the previous example command. DTrace reports this probe firing before exiting. 4 Add the END probe: # dtrace -n BEGIN -n END dtrace: description ’BEGIN’ matched 1 probe dtrace: description ’END’ matched 1 probe CPU ID FUNCTION:NAME 0 ^C 0 2 :END # 1 :BEGIN The END probe fires once when tracing is completed. 48 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. pressing Control-C to exit DTrace triggers the END probe. 2006 . As you can see. The END probe fires once when tracing is completed.

Name of the Provider. But where did these probes come from? DTrace probes come from a set of kernel modules called providers.The name of the probe. When you use DTrace. you learned to use two simple probes named BEGIN and END. each provider is given an opportunity to publish the probes it can provide to the DTrace framework. Module . You can then enable and bind your tracing actions to any of the probes that have been published. Type the following command: # dtrace The dtrace command options are printed to the output. Provider . 49 I I I Module 6 • Getting Started With DTrace . This is also the method of instrumentation. 1 2 Open a terminal window. For example.Getting Started With DTrace Listing Traceable Probes The objective of this lab is to explore probes in more detail and to show you how to list the probes on a system.The name of the Unix module or application library of the probe.The name of the function in which the probe exists.Internal ID of the probe listed. Function . the syscall provider provides probes in every system call and the fbt provider provides probes into every function in the kernel. each of which performs a particular kind of instrumentation to create probes. In the preceding examples. 3 Type the dtrace command with the -l option: # dtrace -l | more ID PROVIDER 1 dtrace 2 dtrace 3 dtrace 4 lockstat 5 lockstat 6 lockstat 7 lockstat --More-MODULE FUNCTION NAME BEGIN END ERROR mutex_enter adaptive-acquire mutex_enter adaptive-block mutex_enter adaptive-spin mutex_exit adaptive-release genunix genunix genunix genunix The probes that are available on your system are listed with the following five pieces of data: I I ID . Name . Providers are used to classify the probes.

# dtrace -l -n start ID PROVIDER 506 proc 2766 io 2768 io 5909 io MODULE unix genunix genunix nfs FUNCTION lwp_rtt_initial default_physio aphysio nfs4_bio NAME start start start start 50 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. # dtrace -l -f open ID PROVIDER 4 syscall 5 syscall 116 fbt 117 fbt MODULE FUNCTION open open open open NAME entry return entry return genunix genunix Only the probes with the function name open are listed. # dtrace -l -m ufs ID PROVIDER 15 sysinfo 16 sysinfo 356 fbt MODULE FUNCTION NAME ufs ufs_idle_free ufsinopage ufs ufs_iget_internal ufsiget ufs allocg entry Only the probes that are in the UFS module are listed in the output. 5 Add one of the following options to filter the list: I I I I -P for provider -m for module -f for function -n for name Consider the following examples: # dtrace -l -P lockstat ID PROVIDER MODULE 4 lockstat genunix 5 lockstat genunix 6 lockstat genunix 7 lockstat genunix FUNCTION mutex_enter mutex_enter mutex_enter mutex_exit NAME adaptive-acquire adaptive-block adaptive-spin adaptive-release Only the probes that are available in the lockstat provider are listed in the output. The number will vary depending on your system type. 2006 .Getting Started With DTrace 4 Pipe the previous command to wc to find the total number of probes in your system: # dtrace -l | wc -l 30122 The number of probes that your system is currently aware of is listed in the output.

Module 6 • Getting Started With DTrace 51 .Getting Started With DTrace The above command lists all the probes that have the probe name start.

Unlike the previous example. 52 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.d.d dtrace: script ’hello. create a new file called hello. The actions are listed as a series of statements enclosed in braces { } following the probe name. These changes were the result of the actions you specified for your BEGIN probe in hello. exit(0). world # As you can see.d file. World.Getting Started With DTrace Programming in D Now that you understand a little bit about naming." This lab demonstrates that. in addition to constructing DTrace experiments on the command line. Run the program by using the dtrace -s option: # dtrace -s hello. The second statement uses the function exit() to indicate that DTrace should cease tracing and exit the dtrace command. Your first statement uses the function trace() to indicate that DTrace should record the specified argument. "Hello.d. world"). you did not have to wait and press Control-C. } 4 5 Save the hello. and listing probes. Each D program consists of a series of clauses. In a text editor. when the BEGIN probe fires. Type in your first D program: BEGIN { trace("hello. each clause describing one or more probes to enable.). world”. dtrace printed the same output as before followed by the text “hello. 1 2 3 Open a terminal window. and an optional set of actions to perform when the probe fires. 2006 . world”. and then print it out. you can also write them in text files using the D programming language. enabling. the string “hello. Let’s explore the structure of your D program in more detail in order to understand what happened. either.d’ matched 1 probe CPU ID FUNCTION:NAME 0 1 :BEGIN hello. you’re ready to write the DTrace version of everyone’s first program. Each statement ends with a semicolon (.

D is derived from a large subset of C combined with a special set of functions and variables to help make tracing easy. and then we’ll return to learning how to build more interesting D programs. But first. let’s take a step back from language rules and learn more about how DTrace works. If you’ve written a C program before.Getting Started With DTrace DTrace provides a set of useful functions like trace() and exit() for you to call in your D programs. you will be able to immediately transfer most of your knowledge to building tracing programs in D. If you’ve never written a C program before. you specify its name followed by a parenthesized list of arguments. By now. if you’re familiar with the C programming language. Module 6 • Getting Started With DTrace 53 . you’ve probably realized from the name and our examples that DTrace’s D programming language is very similar to C and awk(1). To call a function. learning D is still very easy. The complete set of D functions is described in Solaris Dynamic Tracing Guide. Indeed.

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out(executable) name of the function entry for function entry return for function return function: Module 7 • Debugging Applications With DTrace 57 . or even a restart. A probe description has the following syntax: pid:mod:function:name I I I I pid: mod: name: format pidprocessid (for example pid5234) name of the library or a. DTrace probes can be turned on just by calling the provider. The user code does not need any recompilation.Enabling User Mode Probes Enabling User Mode Probes DTrace allows you to dynamically add probes into user level functions. special flags.

create a new file called proc_func. start the calculator. leave the predicate part empty. Press Control+C in the window where you ran the D-script. # dtrace -qs proc_func. add an aggregate to count the number of times the function is called using the aggregate statement @[probefunc]=count(). Use pid$1:::entry as the probe-description. we will call it procid. } d. 58 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. Find the process ID of the process you just started # pgrep gcalctool 8198 This number is the process ID of the calc process. b. f. In the action section. $1 is the first argument that you will send to your script. c.Enabling User Mode Probes DTracing Applications In this exercise we will learn to use DTrace on user applications. 2006 . increasing the amount and depth of information about the application behavior that is output. Perform a calculation on the calculator. This lab builds on the use of a process ID in the probe description to trace the associated application. 3 Follow the steps below to create a D-script that counts the number of times any function in the gcalctool is called.d procid Replace procid with the process ID of your gcalctool e. In a text editor.d. 1 2 From the Application or Program menu. a. The steps increase in complexity to the end of the exercise. pid$1:::entry { @[probefunc]=count(). Run the script that you just wrote.

Enabling User Mode Probes Note – The DTrace script collects data and waits for you to stop the collection by pressing Control+C. Press Control+C in the window where you ran the D-script to see the output. Timestamp is a DTrace built-in that counts the number of nanoseconds from a point in the past.d to proc_libc. Modify the probe description in the proc_libc. If you do not need to print the aggregation you collected. b. Write the second probe as follows: pid$1:::return d.d. a. save timestamp in variable ts. Copy the proc_func. Your new script should look like the following: pid$1:libc::entry { } 5 @[probefunc]=count(). Module 7 • Debugging Applications With DTrace 59 . We will use two probe descriptions in func_time. Perform a calculation on the calculator. 4 Now. DTrace will print it for you. modify the script to only count functions from the libc library.d.d procid Replace procid with the process ID of your gcalctool a.d file to the following: pid$1:libc::entry c. # dtrace -qs proc_libc. b. Now run the script. Write the first probe as follows: pid$1:::entry c. In the action section of the first probe. b.d. modify the script to find how much time is spent in each function. a. 6 Finally. Create a file and name it func_time.

ts) f. In the action section of the second probe calculate nanoseconds that have passed using the following aggregation: @[probefunc]=sum(timestamp .d procid Replace procid with the process ID of your gcalctool a. b. 2006 .Enabling User Mode Probes e.ts).. 2468 2998 3092 The left column shows you the name of the function and the right column shows you the amount of wall clock time that was spent in that function. The time is in nanoseconds. pid$1:::return /ts/ @[probefunc]=sum(timestamp . Press Control+C in the window where you ran the D-script to see the output..d script should match the following: pid$1:::entry { } { } 7 ts = timestamp. 60 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. Run the new func_time. The new func_time.d script: # dtrace -qs func_time. Perform a calculation on the calculator. ^C gdk_xid__equal _XSetLastRequestRead _XDeq .

61 . including Sun Studio 10 software and mdb. These examples are also used to compare DTrace with other application debugging tools.M O D U L E Debugging C++ Applications With DTrace 8 8 Objectives The examples in this module demonstrate the use of DTrace to diagnose C++ application errors.

in addition to c++filt. you may notice that your compiler converts some C++ names into mangled. and to distinguish instances of the same name declared in different namespaces and classes. 2006 . destructors. you may correctly assume that a number of these mangled symbols are associated with a class named TestClass.. but you cannot readily determine whether these symbols are associated with constructors. using nm to extract the symbol table from a sample program named CCtest produces the following output: # /usr/ccs/bin/nm .. In many cases. dem. This name mangling is an implementation detail required for support of C++ function overloading. semi-intelligible strings of characters and digits. to provide valid external names for C++ function names that include special characters.the memory leak. The Sun Studio compiler includes the following three utilities that can be used to translate the mangled symbols to their C++ counterparts: nm -C. but the examples were tested with both Sun Studio 9 and 10. which recognizes both Sun Studio and 62 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. For example. or class functions. If your C++ application was compiled with gcc/g++. [61] | 134549248| [85] | 134549301| [76] | 134549136| [62] | 134549173| [64] | 134549136| [89] | 134549173| [80] | 134616000| [91] | 134549348| . and such is the case with the program contained in this module. Note – Sun Studio 10 software is used here. but never destroyed. you have an additional choice for demangling your application -. a memory leak occurs when an object is created. From this output. When debugging a C++ program.Using DTrace to Profile and Debug A C++ Program Using DTrace to Profile and Debug A C++ Program A sample program CCtest was created to demonstrate an error common to C++ applications -.. CCtest 53|FUNC 47|FUNC 37|FUNC 71|FUNC 37|FUNC 71|FUNC 16|OBJT 16|FUNC |GLOB |GLOB |GLOB |GLOB |GLOB |GLOB |GLOB |GLOB |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |9 |9 |9 |9 |9 |9 |18 |9 |__1cJTestClass2T5B6M_v_ |__1cJTestClass2T6M_v_ |__1cJTestClass2t5B6M_v_ |__1cJTestClass2t5B6Mpc_v_ |__1cJTestClass2t6M_v_ |__1cJTestClass2t6Mpc_v_ |__1cJTestClassG__vtbl_ |__1cJTestClassJClassName6kM_pc_ Note – Source code and makefile for CCtest are included at the end of this module. and c++filt..

. CCtest | grep TestClass | c++filt | 134549280| 37|FUNC |GLOB |0 |9 |TestClass::TestClass() | 134549352| 54|FUNC |GLOB |0 |9 |TestClass::TestClass(int) | 134549317| 35|FUNC |GLOB |0 |9 |TestClass::TestClass(char*) g++ symbols without gc++filt: [86] | 134550070| 41|FUNC |GLOB |0 |12 |_ZN9TestClassC1EPc [110] | 134550180| 68|FUNC |GLOB |0 |12 |_ZN9TestClassC1Ei [114] | 134549984| 43|FUNC |GLOB |0 |12 |_ZN9TestClassC1Ev . g++ symbols with gc++filt: # nm gCCtest | grep TestClass | gc++filt [86] | 134550070| 41|FUNC |GLOB |0 |12 |TestClass::TestClass(char*) [110] | 134550180| 68|FUNC |GLOB |0 |12 |TestClass::TestClass(int) [114] | 134549984| 43|FUNC |GLOB |0 |12 |TestClass::TestClass() . And finally. We can use the DTrace pid provider to enable probes associated with our mangled C++ symbols.. CCtest | grep TestClass | 134549280| 37|FUNC |GLOB |0 |9 |__1cJTestClass2t6M_v_ | 134549352| 54|FUNC |GLOB |0 |9 |__1cJTestClass2t6Mi_v_ | 134549317| 35|FUNC |GLOB |0 |9 |__1cJTestClass2t6Mpc_v_ Sun Studio symbols with c++filt: # nm [65] [56] [92] ..Using DTrace to Profile and Debug A C++ Program GNU mangled names. Examples: Sun Studio symbols without c++filt: # nm [65] [56] [92] .. To test our constructor/destructor theory. let’s start by counting the following: Module 8 • Debugging C++ Applications With DTrace 63 .. the open source gc++filt found in /usr/sfw/bin can be used to demangle the symbols contained in your g++ application.. displaying symbols with nm -C: [64] | 134549344| 71|FUNC |GLOB |0 |9 |TestClass::TestClass() [__1cJTestClass2t6M_v_] [87] | 134549424| 70|FUNC |GLOB |0 |9 |TestClass::TestClass(const char*) [__1cJTestClass2t6Mpkc_v_] [57] | 134549504| 95|FUNC |GLOB |0 |9 |TestClass::TestClass(int) [__1cJTestClass2t6Mi_v_] Let’s use this information to create a DTrace script to perform an aggregation on the object calls associated with our test program...

then execute the script we just created in another window as follows: # dtrace -s . printa(@d).Using DTrace to Profile and Debug A C++ Program I I The number of objects created -. }’‘ | egrep "new|delete" __1c2k6Fpv_v_ == void operator delete(void*) __1c2n6FI_pv_ == void*operator new(unsigned) The corresponding DTrace script is used to enable probes on new() and delete() (saved as CCagg. To display the output of this command. 2006 . } Start the CCtest program in one window.d): #!/usr/sbin/dtrace -s pid$1::__1c2n6FI_pv_: { @n[probefunc] = count(). Caution – You can’t exit the DTrace script with a ^C as you would do normally because c++filt will be killed along with DTrace and you’re left with no output. go to another window on your system and type: # pkill dtrace Use this sequence of steps for the rest of the exercises: 64 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. } END { printa(@n).d ‘pgrep CCtest‘ | c++filt The DTrace output is piped through c++filt to demangle the C++ symbols.calls to delete() Use the following script to extract the symbols corresponding to the new() and delete() functions from the CCtest program: # dem ‘nm CCtest | awk -F\| ’{ print $NF./CCagg.calls to new() The number of objects destroyed -. } pid$1::__1c2k6Fpv_v_: { @d[probefunc] = count(). with the following caution.

The DTrace argument variables are used to display the addresses associated with our objects. arg0). Let’s check the memory addresses of our objects and attempt to match the instances of new() and delete(). we may be on the right track with the theory that we are creating more objects than we are deleting./CCaddr. probefunc. named CCaddr.d: #!/usr/sbin/dtrace -s #pragma D option quiet /* __1c2k6Fpv_v_ == void operator delete(void*) __1c2n6FI_pv_ == void*operator new(unsigned) */ /* return from new() */ pid$1::__1c2n6FI_pv_:return { printf("%s: %x\n". Since a pointer to the object is contained in the return value of new(). we should see the same pointer value as arg0 in the call to delete(). we now have the following script. arg1).d ‘pgrep CCtest‘ | c++filt Module 8 • Debugging C++ Applications With DTrace 65 . With a slight modification to our initial script. } /* call to delete() */ pid$1::__1c2k6Fpv_v_:entry { printf("%s: %x\n". } Execute this script: # dtrace -s .Using DTrace to Profile and Debug A C++ Program Window 1: # ./CCtest Window 2: # dtrace -s scriptname | c++filt Window 3: # pkill dtrace The output of our aggregation script in window 2 should look like this: void*operator new(unsigned) void operator delete(void*) 12 8 So. probefunc.

probefunc. a pattern emerges. } Execute CCstack. then type this in window 3: # pkill dtrace Our output looks like a repeating pattern of three calls to new() and two calls to delete(): void*operator void*operator void*operator void operator void operator new(unsigned): new(unsigned): new(unsigned): delete(void*): delete(void*): 809e480 8068a70 809e4a0 8068a70 809e4a0 As you inspect the repeating output. Here’s the modification to our previous script. 2006 . renamed CCstack. At this point we have identified the source of the memory leak! Let’s continue with DTrace and see what else we can learn from this information. arg0). probefunc. We still do not know what type of class is associated with the object created at address 809e480. } pid$1::__1c2k6Fpv_v_:entry { printf("%s: %x\n".Using DTrace to Profile and Debug A C++ Program Wait for a bit.d: #!/usr/sbin/dtrace -s #pragma D option quiet /* __1c2k6Fpv_v_ == void operator delete(void*) __1c2n6FI_pv_ == void*operator new(unsigned) */ pid$1::__1c2n6FI_pv_:entry { ustack(). It seems that the first new() of the repeating pattern does not have a corresponding call to delete(). } pid$1::__1c2n6FI_pv_:return { printf("%s: %x\n". Including a call to ustack() on entry to new() provides a hint.d in Window 2. then type pkill dtrace in Window 3 to print the following output: 66 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. arg1).

%esp main+0x1c: movl %eax.1478 dumped # mdb core. and main+0x9a -we’re interested in the object associated with the first call to new().so.-0x10(%ebp) main+0x1f: movl -0x10(%ebp).-0x38(%ebp) main+0x12: pushl $0x8 main+0x14: call -0x2e4 <PLT=libCrun.%eax main+0x22: pushl %eax main+0x23: call +0x1d5 <__1cJTestClass2t5B6M_v_> . To determine the type of constructor called at main+0x19./CCstack.so.d ‘pgrep CCtest‘ | c++filt libCrun.so.1‘void*operator new(unsigned) CCtest‘main+0x19 CCtest‘0x8050cda void*operator new(unsigned): 80a2bd0 libCrun.-0x34(%ebp) main+0xf: movl %edi.. Module 8 • Debugging C++ Applications With DTrace 67 .%esp main+6: movl %esp.so..1‘__1c2n6FI_pv_> main+0x19: addl $0x4.1‘void*operator new(unsigned) CCtest‘main+0x57 CCtest‘0x8050cda void*operator new(unsigned): 8068a70 libCrun. main+0x57.1478 Loading modules: [ libc.1 ld.%ebp main+3: subl $0x38.so.-0x2c(%ebp) main+9: movl %ebx.1‘void*operator new(unsigned) CCtest‘main+0x9a CCtest‘0x8050cda void*operator new(unsigned): 80a2bf0 void operator delete(void*): 8068a70 void operator delete(void*): 80a2bf0 The ustack() data tells us that new() is called from main+0x19. at main+0x19.-0x30(%ebp) main+0xc: movl %esi.1 ] > main::dis main: pushl %ebp main+1: movl %esp.Using DTrace to Profile and Debug A C++ Program # dtrace -s . we can use mdb as follows: # gcore ‘pgrep CCtest‘ gcore: core.so.

Source files created for this example: EXAMPLE 8–1 TestClass.").. Using dem to demangle this symbol produces: # dem __1cJTestClass2t5B6M_v_ __1cJTestClass2t5B6M_v_ == TestClass::TestClass #Nvariant 1() Thus. The dem and c++filt commands in Sun Studio software and the gc++filt in gcc were used to extract the function probes from the program symbol table and display the DTrace output in a source-compatible format. virtual char *ClassName() const. TestClass(int i). at offset main+0x23. t = new TestClass((const char *)"Hello... we have identified a call to the constructor __1cJTestClass2t5B6M_v_ that is never destroyed."). cout << t->ClassName().Using DTrace to Profile and Debug A C++ Program Our constructor is called after the call to new. The memory leak has been identified and a fix can be implemented. is overwritten by the second use: t = new TestClass((const char *)"Hello. . TestClass(const char *name). 68 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. delete(t). and viewing the user call stack. So.h class TestClass { public: TestClass(). 2006 . cout << tt->ClassName(). a call to new TestClass() at main+0x19 is the cause of the memory leak. t = new TestClass(). cout << t->ClassName(). It’s clear that the first use of the variable t = new TestClass(). tt = new TestClass((const char *)"Goodbye. Examining the CCtest. This example is intended to model the DTrace approach to interactive process debugging."). DTrace features used in this example include: aggregations. The DTrace pid provider allows you to enable a probe at any instruction associated with a process that is being examined.. virtual ~TestClass()..cc source file reveals: . displaying function arguments and return values. delete(tt).

TestClass.Using DTrace to Profile and Debug A C++ Program EXAMPLE 8–1 TestClass. "Integer = %d".cc: #include #include #include #include #include <stdio.").h> <string.h> <unistd.h (Continued) private: char *str. } TestClass::TestClass(int i) { str=(char *)malloc(128).h> <stdio. i). char **argv) Module 8 • Debugging C++ Applications With DTrace 69 . } char *TestClass::ClassName() const { return str. } TestClass::~TestClass() { if ( str ) free(str). }.h> "TestClass.cc #include #include #include #include #include <iostream.h> "TestClass. sprintf(str.h> <unistd. } TestClass::TestClass(const char *name) { str=strdup(name). } EXAMPLE 8–2 CCtest.h" TestClass::TestClass() { str=strdup("empty.h> <stdlib.h> <stdlib.h" int main(int argc.

o TestClass. tt = new TestClass((const char *)"Goodbye. delete(tt). cout << t->ClassName(). while (1) { t = new TestClass(). t = new TestClass((const char *)"Hello. sleep(1).cc. cout << tt->ClassName(). } } EXAMPLE 8–3 Makefile OBJS=CCtest.o PROGS=CCtest CC=CC all: $(PROGS) echo "Done. TestClass *tt. delete(t).cc (Continued) { TestClass *t."). 2006 ." clean: rm $(OBJS) $(PROGS) CCtest: $(OBJS) $(CC) -o CCtest $(OBJS) .").o: $(CC) $(CFLAGS) -c $< 70 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. cout << t->ClassName().Using DTrace to Profile and Debug A C++ Program EXAMPLE 8–2 CCtest.

M O D U L E Managing Memory with DTrace and MDB 9 9 Objectives This module will build on what we’ve learned about using DTrace to observe processes by examining a page fault. we’ll incorporate low-level debugging with MDB to find the problem in the code. Then. 71 .

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h. Most of the data structures involved in the software side of memory management are defined in /usr/include/vm/*. we’ll examine the code and data structures used to handle page faults.Software Memory Management Software Memory Management OpenSolaris memory management uses software constructs called segments to manage virtual memory of processes as well as the kernel itself. Module 9 • Managing Memory with DTrace and MDB 73 . In this module.

We’ll use the output of the script to determine what source code needs to be examined for more detail. 2006 . and then traces every function that is called from the time of the fault until the page fault handler returns. The script prints the user virtual address that caused the fault. We’ll start with a DTrace script to trace the actions of a single page fault for a given process. } pagefault:return /self->in == 1/ { self->in = 0. Create a file called pagefault. self->in = 1. Look for the <----symbol to find associated text in the output.Software Memory Management Using DTrace and MDB to Examine Virtual Memory The objective of this lab is to examine a page fault using DTrace and MDB. Note – In this module. we’ve added text to the extensive code output to guide the exercise. } entry /self->in == 1/ { } return /self->in == 1/ { } 74 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. args[0]).d with the following script: #!/usr/sbin/dtrace -s #pragma D option flowindent pagefault:entry /execname == $$1/ { printf("fault occurred on address = %p\n". exit(0). 1 2 Open a terminal window.

/pagefault.c or sun4/vm/vm_dep.c <. Assertions are turned on only for debug kernels./pagefault. # .as_segcompar -> as_segcompar <.i86pc/vm/vm_machdep.as_segcompar <.htable_lookup -> htable_va2entry <.htable_va2entry Module 9 • Managing Memory with DTrace and MDB 75 .as_segcompar -> as_segcompar <.c -> htable_lookup <. (not SEGV) <-.d’ matched 42626 probes CPU FUNCTION 0 -> pagefault fault occurred on address = fb985ea2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 | pagefault:entry <-.c -> hat_probe <-.avl_find <. Also.c or sfmmu/vm/hat_sfmmu.as_segcompar -> as_segcompar <. for instance. as mozilla is not an exact match with the name. so you’ll see various calls to mutex_owner().i86pc/vm/hat_i86.d mozilla-bin dtrace: script ’.c -> as_fault <-.page tables are hashed on x86 -> htable_getpte <-.c -> htable_getpage <-.common/vm/seg_vn. Note – You need to specify mozilla-bin as the executable name.Software Memory Management 3 Run the script on Mozilla.as_segcompar -> as_segcompar <.generic address space fault common/vm/vm_as.as_segcompar -> as_segcompar <.c -> as_segat -> avl_find <-.as_segat -> segvn_fault <-.look for page table entry for page <-.as_segcompar -> as_segcompar <.segment containing fault is found.as_segcompar <-. assertions are turned on.i86pc/vm/htable.segments are in AVL tree -> as_segcompar <-.containing fault address -> as_segcompar <-.search segments for segment <.common/vm/vm_as. which is only used with ASSERT().

x86pte_access_pagetable -> x86pte_release_pagetable <.setup page(s) for io common/os/bio.create page if needed <.logged ufs read -> bdev_strategy <-.page_create_va -> segvn_kluster <.check for sparse file <.bmap_read -> pvn_read_kluster &lt-.c) -> page_create_va &lt-.c <.dadk_strategy <.driver sets up dma and starts page in <.common disk driver (cmdk(7D)) <-.c -> cmdkstrategy <-.get block number of page from inode -> bread_common -> getblk_common <.common/vm/vm_page.hat_kpm_pfn2va <.Software Memory Management 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -> x86pte_get <-.htable_release <.page wasn’t in memory -> bmap_read <-.pvn_read_kluster -> pageio_setup <-.used for ide disks (common/io/dktp/dcdev/dadk.file is in ufs fs (common/fs/ufs/ufs_vnops.x86pte_get <.htable_getpte <.bmap_has_holes -> page_lookup <-.direct attached disk (dad(7D)) <-.page_lookup -> ufs_getpage_miss <-.common/io/dktp/disk/cmdk.pageio_setup -> lufs_read_strategy <-.c -> dadk_strategy <-.htable_getpage -> htable_release <. 2006 .x86pte_release_pagetable <.read block device (disk) common/os/driver.check for page already in memory -> page_lookup_create <-.bread_common <.create some pages <.file operation to retrieve page(s) -> ufs_getpage <-.c) -> bmap_has_holes <-.c <.segvn_kluster <.return a page table entry -> x86pte_access_pagetable -> hat_kpm_pfn2va <.cmdkstrategy 76 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.c) <-.read some pages (common/vm/vm_pvn.hat_probe -> fop_getpage <-.getblk_common <.page_lookup_create <-.

savectx <-.hment_prepare -> x86pte_set <-.undo pageio_setup <.x86pte_release_pagetable <.let someone else run (common/disp/disp.hati_mkpte -> hati_pte_map <-.intel/ia32/ml/swtch.x86pte_set -> hment_assign <.fill in pte into page table -> x86pte_access_pagetable -> hat_kpm_pfn2va <.dispatch to next thread to run <.fop_getpage -> segvn_faultpage <-.call hat to load pte(s) for page(s) -> hat_memload -> page_pptonum <-.s or sun4/ml/swtch.hat_kpm_pfn2va <.x86_hm_enter -> hment_prepare <.wakeup via sema_v from completion interrupt -> swtch <-..pageio_done -> pvn_plist_init <.sema_p <.c) -> disp <-.Software Memory Management 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 <.get page frame number <. -> restorectx <-.c -> sema_p <-.bdev_strategy -> biowait <-.restorectx <.x86pte_access_pagetable -> x86pte_release_pagetable <.hment_assign Module 9 • Managing Memory with DTrace and MDB 77 .someone else is running here.page_pptonum -> hati_mkpte <-.wait for pagein to complete common/os/bio.s -> savectx <-.actual switching occurs here <-.locate entry in page table -> x86_hm_enter <.pvn_plist_init <.swtch <.resume <..disp -> resume <-.ufs_getpage <.page is in memory <.restore context (we’ve been awakened) <.biowait -> pageio_done <-.save old context <.build page table entry <.ufs_getpage_miss <-.

When the paging I/O has completed.hati_pte_map <. we need to page it in.hat_memload <.segvn_faultpage <. the instruction causing the page fault will be retried and should now complete successfully. Here..pagefault Remember that the above output has been shortened. ufs_getpage() finds the block number(s) of the page(s) within the file system by calling bmap_read(). the thread causing the page fault blocks (i. If no such segment is found. this is segvn_fault() segvn_fault() looks for the faulting page already in memory. so we call ufs_getpage(). 2006 . it is "reclaimed" off the free list. If the page already exists (but has been freed).e. as_fault() walks an AVL tree of seg structures looking for a segment containing the faulting address. the following has happened on the page fault: I I I The pagefault() routine is called to handle page faults. see strategy(9E) for an overview of what the strategy routine is supposed to do. the page is not already in memory. switches out) via a call to swtch(). While the page is being read. Then we call a device driver strategy routine.segvn_fault <. other threads will run. For most segments.Software Memory Management 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 # -> x86_hm_exit <. The pagefault() routine calls as_fault() to handle faults on a given address space. the disk driver interrupt handler wakes up the blocked mozilla-bin thread. At this point. At a high level. segvn_faultpage() calls the HAT (Hardware Address Translation) layer to load the page table entry(s) (PTE)s for the page. At this point. the virtual address that caused the page fault should now be mapped to a valid physical page. If the segment is found. I I I I I I I I I I 78 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.x86_hm_exit <. The disk driver returns through the file system code out to segvn_fault(). a segment specific fault handler is called. If the page does not already exist. When pagefault() returns. segvn_fault() then calls segvn_faultpage(). the process is sent a SIGSEGV (segmentation violation) signal.as_fault <.

Using an AVL tree shortens the search! c.Lots of output has been omitted.Software Memory Management 4 Use mdb to examine the kernel data structures and locate the page of physical memory that corresponds to the fault as follows: a.find the mozilla-bin process R 933 919 887 885 100 0x42014000 ffffffff81d6a040 mozilla-bin > ffffffff81d6a040::print proc_t p_as | ::walk seg | ::print struct seg <-.this is the seg we want. you may want to use: ::log /tmp/logfile in mdb and then !vi /tmp/logfile to search. you can just run mdb within an editor buffer. fault addr (fb985ea2) s_size = 0x561000 <-. # mdb -k Loading modules: [ unix krtld genunix specfs dtrace ufs ip sctp usba random fctl s1394 nca lofs crypto nfs audiosup sppp cpc fcip ptm ipc ] > ::ps !grep mozilla-bin <-.. See calls to as_segcompar in the DTrace output above. Note – The search for the segment containing the fault address found the correct segment after 8 segments.greater/equal to base and < base+size s_szc = 0 s_flags = 0 s_as = 0xffffffff828b61d0 s_tree = { avl_child = [ 0xffffffff82fa7920.. --> { s_base = 0xfb800000 <-. Note – If you want to follow along. Open a terminal window. b. Find the number of segments used by mozilla by using pmap as follows: # pmap -x ‘pgrep mozilla-bin‘ | wc 368 2730 23105 # The output shows that there are approximately 368 segments. 0xffffffff82fa7c80 ] avl_pcb = 0xffffffff82fa796d } s_ops = segvn_ops s_data = 0xffffffff82d85070 } Module 9 • Managing Memory with DTrace and MDB 79 . Use mdb to locate the segment containing the fault address. Or.

rounding down to page boundary gives 185000 (4kpage size) > ffffffff82f9e480::walk page !wc <-.from s_data { lock = { _opaque = [ 0 ] } segp_slock = { _opaque = [ 0 ] } pageprot = 0x1 prot = 0xd maxprot = 0xf type = 0x2 offset = 0 vp = 0xffffffff82f9e480 <-.here is matching page p_vnode = 0xffffffff82f9e480 80 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.Software Memory Management <-.we’ll look at anonymous space later vpage = 0xffffffff82552000 cred = 0xffffffff81f95018 swresv = 0 advice = 0 pageadvice = 0x1 flags = 0x490 softlockcnt = 0 policy_info = { mem_policy = 0x1 mem_reserved = 0 } } > ffffffff82f9e480::print vnode_t v_path v_path = 0xffffffff82f71090 "/usr/sfw/lib/mozilla/components/libgklayout. (not all are necessarily valid) > ffffffff82f9e480::walk page | ::print page_t <-.points to a vnode_t anon_index = 0 amp = 0 <-. 2006 .walk page list on vnode <-.1236 pages.and lots more output omitted --> > ffffffff82d85070::print segvn_data_t <-.so" > fb985ea2-fb800000=K <-.lots of pages omitted in output --> { p_offset = 0x185000 <-.walk list of pages on vnode_t 1236 1236 21012 <-.offset within segment 185ea2 <-.

multiple page frame number time page size (hex) bd62000 <-.10/K <-.the page frame number of page p_share = 0 p_sharepad = 0 p_msresv_1 = 0 p_mlentry = 0x185 p_msresv_2 = 0 } <-.dump 16 64-bit hex values at physical address 0xbd62ea2: 2ccec81ec8b55 e8575653f0e48300 32c3815b00000000 5d89d46589003ea7 840ff6850c758be0 e445c7000007df 1216e8000000 dbe850e4458d5650 7d830cc483ffeeea 791840f00e4 c085e8458904468b 500c498b088b2474 8b17eb04c483d1ff e8458de05d8bd465 c483ffeeeac8e850 458b0000074ce904 Module 9 • Managing Memory with DTrace and MDB 81 .and lots more output omitted --> > bd62*1000=K <-.Software Memory Management p_selock = 0 p_selockpad = 0 p_hash = 0xfffffffffae21c00 p_vpnext = 0xfffffffffaca9760 p_vpprev = 0xfffffffffb3467f8 p_next = 0xfffffffffad8f800 p_prev = 0xfffffffffad8f800 p_lckcnt = 0 p_cowcnt = 0 p_cv = { _opaque = 0 } p_io_cv = { _opaque = 0 } p_iolock_state = 0 p_szc = 0 p_fsdata = 0 p_state = 0 p_nrm = 0x2 p_embed = 0x1 p_index = 0 p_toxic = 0 p_mapping = 0xffffffff82d265f0 p_pagenum = 0xbd62 <-.here is physical address of page > bd62000+ea2.

%esp 0xbd62eae: pushq %rbx 0xbd62eaf: pushq %rsi 0xbd62eb0: pushq %rdi 0xbd62eb1: call +0x5 <0xbd62eb6> 0xbd62eb6: popq %rbx 0xbd62eb7: addl $0x3ea732.%esp 0xfb985eae: pushq %rbx 0xfb985eaf: pushq %rsi 0xfb985eb0: pushq %rdi 0xfb985eb1: call +0x5 <0xfb985eb6> 0xfb985eb6: popq %rbx 0xfb985eb7: addl $0x3ea732.%esp 0xbd62eab: andl $0xfffffff0.get as for mozilla-bin 82 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.-0x2c(%rbp) 0xbd62ec0: movl %ebx.Software Memory Management > bd62000+ea2.%ebx 0xfb985ebd: movl %esp.-0x20(%rbp) 0xbd62ec3: movl 0xc(%rbp).-0x1c(%rbp) > ffffffff81d6a040::context <-.change context from kernel to mozilla-bin debugger context set to proc ffffffff81d6a040.-0x20(%rbp) 0xfb985ec3: movl 0xc(%rbp).%ebp 0xfb985ea5: subl $0x2cc.10/ai <-.-0x1c(%rbp) > 0::context debugger context set to kernel > ffffffff81d6a040::print proc_t p_as <-.%esp 0xfb985eab: andl $0xfffffff0.looks like a match 0xfb985ea3: movl %esp.%esi 0xfb985ec8: je +0x7e5 <0xfb9866ad> 0xfb985ece: movl $0x0.data looks like code. the address of the process > fb985ea2. 2006 .%esi 0xbd62ec8: je +0x7e5 <0xbd636ad> 0xbd62ece: movl $0x0.%esi 0xbd62ec6: testl %esi.10/ai <-.%ebp 0xbd62ea5: subl $0x2cc.%ebx 0xbd62ebd: movl %esp.%esi 0xfb985ec6: testl %esi.and dump from faulting virtual address 0xfb985ea2: 0xfb985ea2: pushq %rbp <-.-0x2c(%rbp) 0xfb985ec0: movl %ebx. let’s try dumping as code 0xbd62ea2: 0xbd62ea2: pushq %rbp 0xbd62ea3: movl %esp.

we have the page frame number. The vnode_t contains a list of pages that "belong to" the vnode_t. We then check the physical address by using the vtop (virtual-to-physical) mdb command. Once the page_t is located.check our work virtual fb985ea2 mapped to physical bd62ea2 <-. We locate the page corresponding to the offset within the segment. we print the segvn_data structure. We then convert the page frame number to a physical address and examine some of the data at the address. Module 9 • Managing Memory with DTrace and MDB 83 . a vnode_t maps the segment data. It turns out this data is code. In this segment.physical address matches Once the segment is found.Software Memory Management p_as = 0xffffffff828b61d0 > fb985ea2::vtop -a ffffffff828b61d0 <-.

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85 .10 M O D U L E 1 0 Observing Processes in Zones With DTrace Objectives The objective of this module is to build on knowledge of DTrace to observe processes that run inside a zone.

2006 .Observing Processes in Zones With DTrace Additional Resources I System Administration Guide: Solaris Containers-Resource Management and Solaris Zones 86 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.

scheduler property set to a valid scheduling class. a single zone can be bound to a specific pool. The global administrator can log in to the installed zone by using the zlogin command. By default. who uses the zone administration command zoneadm to install software at the package level into the file system hierarchy established for the zone. let’s work on debugging applications that run in zones. Percentage of the CPU the zone is entitled to is the ratio of its shares and the total number of shares for all zones bound to a particular resource pool. If the zone is associated with a pool that has its pool. Every OpenSolaris system contains a global zone. The scheduling class for a non-global zone is set to the scheduling class for the system. The zoneadm command is then used to boot the zone. Module 10 • Observing Processes in Zones With DTrace 87 . You can also set the scheduling class for a zone through the dynamic resource pools facility. The global zone is both the default zone for the system and the zone used for system-wide administrative control. the internal configuration for the zone is completed.Global and Non-Global Zones Global and Non-Global Zones Now that we have some knowledge of debugging applications. The zone is then installed by the global administrator. all zones including the global zone have one (1) fair share scheduler share assigned to them. At first login. Multiple zones can share a resource pool or in order to meet service guarantees. The whole root zone model provides the maximum file system configurability. There are two types of non-global zone root file system models: sparse and whole root. then processes running in the zone run in that scheduling class by default. The sparse root zone model optimizes the sharing of objects. The global administrator uses the zonecfg command to configure a zone by specifying various parameters for the zone’s virtual platform and application environment. The global zone has a dual function.

Global and Non-Global Zones DTracing a Process Running in a Zone This lab will focus on observing processes running in a zone. 1 2 Open a terminal window. 2006 . process tools like prstat(1M). ps(1) and truss(1) can be used to observe processes in other zones. From the global zone. DTrace may be used from the global zone and supports a zonename variable and the pr_zoneid field in psinfo_t for use with the proc provider. Log into the global zone: % zlogin password: # 3 Count the number of I/O operations per zone: # dtrace -n io:::start{@[zonename] = count()} 88 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.

89 .11 M O D U L E 1 1 Configuring Filesystems With ZFS Objectives The objective of this lesson is to provide an introduction to ZFS by showing you how to create a simple ZFS pool with a mirrored filesystem.

org/os/community/zfs/docs/ 90 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.Configuring Filesystems With ZFS Additional Resources ZFS Administration Guide and man pages: http://opensolaris. 2006 .

In this module. ZFS formats the disk using an EFI label to contain a single.Creating Pools With Mounted Filesystems Creating Pools With Mounted Filesystems Each storage pool is comprised of one or more virtual devices. The value of shared storage is the ability to repair damaged data. large slice. The recommended mode of operation is to use an entire disk. ZFS uses pooled storage to eliminate the management problems associated with volumes and to enable all storage to be shared. In traditional storage configurations which use partitions or volumes. The most basic building block for a storage pool is a piece of physical storage. this is a hard drive that is visible to the system in the /dev/dsk directory. we’ll start by learning about mirrored storage pool configuration. in which case the disk does not need to be specially formatted. Typically. Module 11 • Configuring Filesystems With ZFS 91 . which describe the layout of physical storage and its fault characteristics. This can be any block device of at least 128 Mbytes in size. A storage device can be a whole disk (c0t0d0) or an individual slice (c0t0d0s7). Then we’ll show you how to configure RAID-Z. the storage is fragmented across disks.

ZFS is easy. so let’s get on with it! It’s time to create your first pool: 1 2 Open a terminal window. 2006 .Creating Pools With Mounted Filesystems Creating Mirrored Storage Pools The objective of this lab exercise is to create and list a mirrored storage pool using the zpool command.3G AVAIL 47.0G USED 22. Create a single-disk storage pool named tank: # zpool create tank c1t2d0 You now have a single-disk storage pool named tank. with a single filesystem mounted at /tank. 3 Validate that the pool was created: # zpool list NAME tank SIZE 80. 92 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.7G CAP HEALTH 28% ONLINE ALTROOT - 4 Create a mirror of tank: # zpool create tank mirror c1t2d0 c2t2d0 The storage pool is mirrored on c2t2d0.

create home directories for all of your developers: # zfs create tank/home/developer1 # zfs create tank/home/developer2 # zfs create tank/home/developer3 # zfs create tank/home/developer4 The mountpoint property is inherited as a pathname prefix. Module 11 • Configuring Filesystems With ZFS 93 . Create the /var/mail filesystem: # zfs create tank/mail 3 Set the mount point for the /var/mail filesystem: # zfs set mountpoint=/var/mail tank/mail 4 Create the home directory: # zfs create tank/home 5 Then. That is.Creating Pools With Mounted Filesystems Creating a Filesystem and /home Directories The objective of this lab exercise is to learn how to set up a filesystem with several /home directories. we’ll use the zfs command to create a filesystem and set its mountpoint. 1 2 Open a terminal window. tank/home/developer1 is automatically mounted at /export/home/developer1 because tank/home is mounted at /export/home. In this lab. set the mount point for the home directory: # zfs set mountpoint=/export/home tank/home 6 Finally.

/dev/dsk/c0t0d4s0 is identical to c0t0d4s0 by itself.Creating Pools With Mounted Filesystems Configuring RAID-Z The objective of this lab exercise is to introduce you to the RAID-Z configuration. the disk must have been pre-formatted to have an appropriately sized slice zero. Disks can be specified using their full path. 2006 . Other than that. You need at least two disks for a RAID-Z configuration. Create a pool with a single RAID-Z device consisting of 5 disk slices: # zpool create tank raidz c0t0d0s0 c0t0d1s0 c0t0d2s0 c0t0d3s0 c0t0d4s0 In the above example. 1 2 Open a terminal window. You might want to configure RAID-Z instead of mirrored pools for greater redundancy. no special hardware is required to create a RAID-Z configuration. except that the raidz keyword is used instead of mirror. 94 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. The above command is just an example of using disk slices in a storage pool. Creating a RAID-Z pool is identical to a mirrored pool. Note that there is no requirement to use disk slices in a RAID-Z configuration.

working driver. The driver that is shown in this module is a pseudo device driver that merely writes a message to a system log every time an entry point is entered. 95 . This driver demonstrates the minimum functionality that any character driver must implement. load the driver. You can use this driver as a template for building a complex driver. This module explains how to write the driver and configuration file.12 M O D U L E 1 2 Writing a Template Character Device Driver Objectives This module shows you how to develop a very simple. and test the driver. compile the driver.

2005. Sun Microsystems.. 2006 . Sun Microsystems. Inc. 2005. 96 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. Inc. Solaris Modular Debugger Guide.Writing a Template Character Device Driver Additional Resources I I Writing Device Drivers..

2. Create the driver configuration file dummy. and prop_op(9E). _info(9E). Create a directory where you can develop your driver and open a new text file named dummy. Test the driver by loading the driver. and _fini(9E).conf. and the module linkage structures modldrv(9S) and modlinkage(9S). detach(9E). reading from and writing to the device node.Overview of the Template Driver Example Overview of the Template Driver Example This example guides you through the following steps: 1. close(9E). 3. Build and install the driver. 8. 4. and unloading the driver. Write the entry points for user context: open(9E). Module 12 • Writing a Template Character Device Driver 97 . Write the entry points for autoconfiguration: attach(9E). Define the data structures: the character and block operations structure cb_ops(9S). 6. the device operations structure dev_ops(9S). getinfo(9E). 5. and write(9E).c. Write the entry points for loadable module configuration: _init(9E). read(9E). 7.

The _init(9E) routine must at least call the mod_install(9F) function and return the success or failure value that is returned by mod_install(9F). You do not need to investigate what the values of the arguments of these functions should be. 2006 .c.Writing the Template Driver Writing the Template Driver This section describes the entry points and data structures that are included in this driver and shows you how to define them. The _fini(9E) routine must at least call the mod_remove(9F) function and return the success or failure value that is returned by mod_remove(9F). Next. the following code is added to the dummy. The _info(9E) routine returns information about a loadable module. I I The mod_install(9F). In this section. When mod_remove(9F) is successful.c source file: 98 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. All of these data structures and almost all of these entry points are required for any character device driver. Writing the Loadable Module Configuration Entry Points Every kernel module of any type must define at least the following three loadable module configuration entry points: I The _init(9E) routine initializes a loadable module. the _fini(9E) routine must undo everything that the _init(9E) routine did. This driver is named dummy because this driver does not do any real work. create a directory where you can develop your driver. The _info(9E) routine must at least call the mod_info(9F) function and return the value that is returned by mod_info(9F). regardless of the functionality of the driver. This section describes the following entry points and data structures: I I I I I I Loadable module configuration entry points Autoconfiguration entry points User context entry points Character and block operations structure Device operations structure Module linkage structures First. You can copy these function calls from this example and paste them into every driver you write. The _fini(9E) routine prepares a loadable module for unloading. mod_info(9F). and mod_remove(9F) functions are used in exactly the same way in every driver. open a new text file named dummy.

"Inside _init"). The cmn_err(9F) function usually is used to report an error condition. The cmn_err(9F) function takes two arguments. and _fini(9E) routine names are not unique to any particular kernel module.c file.Writing the Template Driver /* Loadable module configuration entry points */ int _init(void) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. "Inside _fini"). The cmn_err(9F) function requires you to include the cmn_err. } Declaring the Loadable Module Configuration Entry Points The _init(9E). Do not declare these three routines in dummy. return(mod_remove(&ml)). The _init(9E) routine must call the mod_install(9F) function and return the success or failure value that is returned by mod_install(9F). the ddi. "Inside _info"). return(mod_info(&ml.h header file. The mod_install(9F) function takes an argument that is a modlinkage(9S) structure. Use the cmn_err(9F) function to write a message to a system log. Defining the Module Initialization Entry Point The _init(9E) routine returns type int and takes no arguments. } int _info(struct modinfo *modinfop) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE.h header file.h header file. but the names of these routines are not unique. and the sunddi. These three routines are declared in the modctl. The cmn_err(9F) function also is useful for debugging in the same way that you might use print statements in a user program. You customize the behavior of these routines when you define them in your module. _info(9E).c. } int _fini(void) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. This driver is supposed to write a message each time an entry point is entered. modinfop)). The first Module 12 • Writing a Template Character Device Driver 99 .h header file.h header file in your dummy. return(mod_install(&ml)). You need to include the modctl.

2006 . The ml structure is the modlinkage(9S) structure. int _info(struct modinfo *modinfop) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. The second argument the cmn_err(9F) function takes is a string message. The _fini(9E) routine must call the mod_remove(9F) function and return the success or failure value that is returned by mod_remove(9F).c file.Writing the Template Driver argument is a constant that indicates the severity of the error message. "Inside _info"). modinfop)).c file. Use the cmn_err(9F) function to write a message to the system log in the same way that you used the cmn_err(9F) function in your _init(9E) entry point. } Defining the Module Information Entry Point The _info(9E) routine returns type int and takes an argument that is a pointer to an opaque modinfo structure. The modinfop argument is a pointer to an opaque structure that the system uses to pass module information. Use CE_NOTE for the value of this severity constant. The message written by this driver is not an error message but is simply a test message. The mod_info(9F) function takes two arguments. return(mod_info(&ml. "Inside _init"). The _info(9E) routine must return the value that is returned by the mod_info(9F) function. int _init(void) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. The following code is the _init(9E) routine that you should enter into your dummy. The second argument to mod_info(9F) is the same modinfo structure pointer that is the argument to the _info(9E) routine. 100 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. The first argument to mod_info(9F) is a modlinkage(9S) structure. The mod_info(9F) function returns the module information or returns zero if an error occurs. } Defining the Module Unload Entry Point The _fini(9E) routine returns type int and takes no arguments. The following code is the _info(9E) routine that you should enter into your dummy. return(mod_install(&ml)).

The _fini(9E) routine must call mod_remove(9F) because the _init(9E) routine called mod_install(9F). close anything that was opened. int _fini(void) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. The following actions take place when mod_remove(9F) is called: I The kernel checks whether this driver is busy. In normal operation. Another module that depends on this driver is open. If the driver is not busy. The following code is the _fini(9E) routine that you should enter into your dummy. Use the cmn_err(9F) function to write a message to the system log in the same way that you used the cmn_err(9F) function in your _init(9E) entry point. then mod_remove(9F) succeeds. the _fini(9E) routine must undo everything that the _init(9E) routine did. A module depends on this driver if the module was linked using the -N option with this driver named as the argument to that -N option. If mod_remove(9F) fails. the _fini(9E) routine often fails. This behavior is normal because the kernel allows the module to determine whether the module can be unloaded. See the ld(1) man page for more information. return(mod_remove(&ml)).c file. If detach(9E) succeeds. The _fini(9E) routine must deallocate anything that was allocated. and destroy anything that was created in the _init(9E) routine. then mod_remove(9F) fails and _fini(9E) fails. If mod_remove(9F) is successful. and _fini(9E) continues its cleanup work. the module determines that devices were not detached. This driver is busy if one of the following conditions is true: I I A device node that is managed by this driver is open. The _fini(9E) routine can be called at any time when a module is loaded. I I If the driver is busy. and the module cannot be unloaded. I I If detach(9E) fails. } Module 12 • Writing a Template Character Device Driver 101 . then the kernel calls the detach(9E) entry point of the driver. and the module can be unloaded.Writing the Template Driver When mod_remove(9F) is successful. then mod_remove(9F) fails and _fini(9E) fails. the module determines that devices were detached. "Inside _fini"). The mod_remove(9F) function takes an argument that is a modlinkage(9S) structure.

"Inside dummy_attach").h> <sys/sunddi. The getinfo(9E) routine returns requested device driver information through one of its arguments.0) 102 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.Writing the Template Driver Including Loadable Module Configuration Header Files The _init(9E). The ddi_create_minor_node(9F) function provides the information the system needs to create the device files.h header file. The cmn_err(9F) function requires you to include the cmn_err. ddi_get_instance(dip). The detach(9E) routine must call ddi_remove_minor_node(9F) to deallocate everything that was allocated by ddi_create_minor_node(9F). "0". switch(cmd) { case DDI_ATTACH: dummy_dip = dip.c file. The following header files are required by the three loadable module configuration routines that you have written in this section. #include #include #include #include <sys/modctl. The prop_op(9E) routine returns requested device driver property information through a pointer. the following code is added: /* Device autoconfiguration entry points */ static int dummy_attach(dev_info_t *dip.h> <sys/ddi. and the sunddi. the ddi. I I I In this section. _info(9E).h header file.h header file. 2006 . You can call the ddi_prop_op(9F) function instead of writing your own prop_op(9E) entry point.h header file. Use the prop_op(9E) entry point to customize the behavior of the ddi_prop_op(9F) function. if (ddi_create_minor_node(dip.h> <sys/cmn_err. I The attach(9E) routine must call ddi_create_minor_node(9F). Include this code near the top of your dummy. The kernel calls these routines when the device driver is loaded.h> /* /* /* /* used used used used by by by by _init. The detach(9E) routine must undo everything that the attach(9E) routine did. and mod_install(9F) functions require you to include the modctl. DDI_PSEUDO. _fini */ all entry points for this driver */ all entry points for this driver */ all entry points for this driver */ Writing the Autoconfiguration Entry Points Every character driver must define at least the following autoconfiguration entry points. S_IFCHR. _info. _fini(9E). ddi_attach_cmd_t cmd) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE.

switch(cmd) { case DDI_INFO_DEVT2DEVINFO: *resultp = dummy_dip. Module 12 • Writing a Template Character Device Driver 103 . 0). ddi_prop_op_t prop_op. default: return DDI_FAILURE. ddi_detach_cmd_t cmd) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. "Inside dummy_detach"). return(DDI_FAILURE). return DDI_SUCCESS. "Inside dummy_getinfo"). default: return DDI_FAILURE. return DDI_SUCCESS. return DDI_SUCCESS. case DDI_INFO_DEVT2INSTANCE: *resultp = 0. "dummy".Writing the Template Driver != DDI_SUCCESS) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE.". dev_info_t *dip. void *arg. } else return DDI_SUCCESS. } } static int dummy_detach(dev_info_t *dip. default: return DDI_FAILURE. void **resultp) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. } } static int dummy_getinfo(dev_info_t *dip. ddi_info_cmd_t cmd. } } static int dummy_prop_op(dev_t dev. ddi_remove_minor_node(dip. switch(cmd) { case DDI_DETACH: dummy_dip = 0. NULL). "%s%d: attach: could not add character node.

dev_info_t *dip. All of the autoconfiguration entry point routines take a dev_info argument. "Inside dummy_prop_op"). ddi_attach_cmd_t cmd). you define and manage multiple instances of the driver by using a state structure and the ddi_soft_state(9F) functions.c file. Defining the Device Attach Entry Point The attach(9E) routine returns type int. char *name. The DDI_ATTACH code must initialize a device instance. This practice makes debugging much easier. The second argument is a constant that specifies the attach type. return(ddi_prop_op(dev. void **resultp). Each instance of the driver has its own copy of the state 104 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. 2006 .valuep. Note that each of these functions is declared static. detach(9E). ddi_info_cmd_t cmd. dummy_ is used for the prefix to each function and data name that is unique to this example. All of the autoconfiguration entry point routines except for prop_op(9E) return either DDI_SUCCESS or DDI_FAILURE. Choose a prefix to use with each entry point routine. static int dummy_detach(dev_info_t *dip.name. getinfo(9E). ddi_prop_op_t prop_op. static int dummy_getinfo(dev_info_t *dip. The value that is passed through this second argument is either DDI_ATTACH or DDI_RESUME. int flags. int *lengthp). and prop_op(9E) entry point routines need to be uniquely named for this driver. Use the same prefix throughout the driver. int *lengthp) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. the prefix used for function and data names that are unique to this driver is either the name of this driver or an abbreviation of the name of this driver. static int dummy_prop_op(dev_t dev. In a realistic driver. ddi_detach_cmd_t cmd). The attach(9E) routine takes two arguments.lengthp)). char *name. These two constants are defined in sunddi. Note – By convention.dip. Every attach(9E) routine must define behavior for at least DDI_ATTACH. static int dummy_attach(dev_info_t *dip. The attach(9E) routine must return either DDI_SUCCESS or DDI_FAILURE.prop_op. caddr_t valuep. The following declarations are the autoconfiguration entry point declarations you should have in your dummy. } Declaring the Autoconfiguration Entry Points The attach(9E).Writing the Template Driver int flags. caddr_t valuep. The first argument is a pointer to the dev_info structure for this driver.flags. void *arg. In the example shown in this module.h.

One of the pieces of data that is specific to each instance is the device instance pointer.Writing the Template Driver structure that holds data specific to that instance.c file. static int dummy_attach(dev_info_t *dip. use cmn_err(9F) to write a message to the system log.c to declare a device instance pointer for this driver: dev_info_t *dummy_dip. ddi_attach_cmd_t cmd) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. Each device instance file is pointed to by a separate device instance pointer. this driver does not use a state structure. } else return DDI_SUCCESS. "0". Within the DDI_ATTACH code. first assign the device instance pointer from the dummy_attach() argument to the dummy_dip variable that you declared above. } } First.". This dummy driver allows only one instance. "%s%d: attach: could not add character node. switch(cmd) { case DDI_ATTACH: dummy_dip = dip. "Inside dummy_attach"). The device instance pointer and the instance number both are used by ddi_create_minor_node(9F) to create a new device node.0) != DDI_SUCCESS) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. This driver still must declare a device instance pointer and initialize the pointer value in the attach(9E) routine. In this dummy_attach() routine. if (ddi_create_minor_node(dip. ddi_get_instance(dip). Enter the following code near the beginning of dummy. You need to save this pointer value in the global variable so that you can use this pointer to get information about this instance from dummy_getinfo() and detach this instance in dummy_detach(). "dummy". the device instance pointer is used by the ddi_get_instance(9F) function to return the instance number. Each instance of the device driver is represented by a separate device file in /devices. Module 12 • Writing a Template Character Device Driver 105 . /* keep track of one instance */ The following code is the dummy_attach() routine that you should enter into your dummy. as you did in your _init(9E) entry point. return(DDI_FAILURE). default: return DDI_FAILURE. Because this driver allows only one instance. Then provide DDI_ATTACH behavior. DDI_PSEUDO. S_IFCHR. 0).

close anything that was opened. The first argument to the ddi_create_minor_node(9F) function is the device instance pointer that points to the dev_info structure of this device. You also need to call the ddi_remove_minor_node(9F) function to remove this node. This number is also called the instance number. return DDI_FAILURE. "Inside dummy_detach"). The second argument is a constant that specifies the detach type. The DDI_PSEUDO node type is for pseudo devices. Every detach(9E) routine must define behavior for at least DDI_DETACH. In the DDI_ATTACH code in your attach(9E) routine. The first argument is a pointer to the dev_info structure for this driver. The fourth argument to the ddi_create_minor_node(9F) function is the minor number of this minor device. The third argument is S_IFCHR if this device is a character minor device or is S_IFBLK if this device is a block minor device.Writing the Template Driver A realistic driver probably would use the ddi_soft_state(9F) functions to create and manage a device node. This dummy driver uses the ddi_create_minor_node(9F) function to create a device node. The second argument is the name of this minor node. The fifth argument to the ddi_create_minor_node(9F) function is the node type. so set this argument value to 0. If the ddi_create_minor_node(9F) call is not successful. In the DDI_DETACH code in this detach(9E) routine. This is not a clone device. return DDI_SUCCESS. If this dummy_attach() routine receives any cmd other than DDI_ATTACH. ddi_detach_cmd_t cmd) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. you need to reset the variable that pointed to the dev_info structure for this node. The ddi_create_minor_node(9F) function takes six arguments. The ddi_create_minor_node(9F) man page lists the possible node types. Defining the Device Detach Entry Point The detach(9E) routine takes two arguments. The value that is passed through this second argument is either DDI_DETACH or DDI_SUSPEND. The following code is the dummy_detach() routine that you should enter into your dummy. and destroy anything that was created in the attach(9E) routine. write a message to the system log and return DDI_FAILURE. The DDI_DETACH code must undo everything that the DDI_ATTACH code did. you saved the address of a new dev_info structure and you called the ddi_create_minor_node(9F) function to create a new node. 2006 . static int dummy_detach(dev_info_t *dip. The ddi_get_instance(9F) function returns this instance number. The detach(9E) routine must deallocate anything that was allocated. switch(cmd) { case DDI_DETACH: 106 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. This dummy driver is a character driver. If the ddi_create_minor_node(9F) call is successful. The sixth argument to the ddi_create_minor_node(9F) function specifies whether this is a clone device.c file.

If this dummy_detach() routine receives any cmd other than DDI_DETACH. ddi_remove_minor_node(dip. Module 12 • Writing a Template Character Device Driver 107 . The second argument is the name of the minor node you want to remove. remove all instances of this device and return DDI_SUCCESS. The first argument is the device instance pointer that points to the dev_info structure of this device. call the ddi_remove_minor_node(9F) function to remove this device node. The value of this second argument is either DDI_INFO_DEVT2DEVINFO or DDI_INFO_DEVT2INSTANCE. The getinfo(9E) routine takes four arguments. } } First. The information stored at this location depends on the value you passed in the second argument to the getinfo(9E) routine. If the value of the cmd argument to this dummy_detach() routine is DDI_DETACH. first reset the dummy_dip variable that you set in dummy_attach() above. return DDI_FAILURE. as you did in your _init(9E) entry point. Because the DDI_DETACH code of this driver always removes all instances.Writing the Template Driver dummy_dip = 0. The second argument to the getinfo(9E) routine is a constant that specifies what information the getinfo(9E) routine must return. use cmn_err(9F) to write a message to the system log. Defining the Get Driver Information Entry Point The getinfo(9E) routine takes a pointer to a device number and returns a pointer to a device information structure or returns a device instance number. The pointer or instance number requested from the getinfo(9E) routine is returned through a pointer argument. The first argument is a pointer to the dev_info structure for this driver. This dummy driver supports only one instance. If the value of the minor node argument is NULL. NULL). Within the DDI_DETACH code. The ddi_remove_minor_node(9F) function takes two arguments. The return value of the getinfo(9E) routine is DDI_SUCCESS or DDI_FAILURE. The fourth argument is a pointer to the place where the getinfo(9E) routine must store the requested information. Then provide DDI_DETACH behavior. then ddi_remove_minor_node(9F) removes all instances of this device. The third argument to the getinfo(9E) routine is a pointer to a device number. return DDI_SUCCESS. This dev_info structure argument is obsolete and is no longer used by the getinfo(9E) routine. Next. default: return DDI_FAILURE. this dummy driver supports only one instance. You cannot reset this device instance pointer unless you remove all instances of the device.

Then provide DDI_INFO_DEVT2DEVINFO behavior. 2006 . Within the DDI_INFO_DEVT2INSTANCE code. The instance number of that one instance is 0. 108 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. A realistic driver would then call the ddi_get_soft_state(9F) function and return the device information structure pointer from that state structure. return DDI_SUCCESS. In the DDI_INFO_DEVT2DEVINFO code of this dummy_getinfo() routine. static int dummy_getinfo(dev_info_t *dip. A realistic driver would use arg to get the instance number of this device node. simply return 0. void *arg. default: return DDI_FAILURE. case DDI_INFO_DEVT2INSTANCE: *resultp = 0. Next. This dummy driver supports only one instance and does not use a state structure. This dummy driver supports only one instance.Writing the Template Driver The following table describes the relationship between the second and fourth arguments to the getinfo(9E) routine. switch(cmd) { case DDI_INFO_DEVT2DEVINFO: *resultp = dummy_dip.c file. ddi_info_cmd_t cmd. } } First. "Inside dummy_getinfo"). simply return the one device information structure pointer that the dummy_attach() routine saved. use cmn_err(9F) to write a message to the system log. return DDI_SUCCESS. TABLE 12–1 Get Driver Information Entry Point Arguments cmd arg resultp DDI_INFO_DEVT2DEVINFO DDI_INFO_DEVT2INSTANCE Device number Device number Device information structure pointer Device instance number The following code is the dummy_getinfo() routine that you should enter into your dummy. as you did in your _init(9E) entry point. void **resultp) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. provide DDI_INFO_DEVT2INSTANCE behavior.

} First. int *lengthp) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. dev_info_t *dip.dip.h> /* used by _init. ddi_prop_op_t prop_op. Including Autoconfiguration Header Files All of the autoconfiguration entry point routines and all of the user context entry point routines require that you include the ddi.h> /* used by prop_op. then your driver can use the ddi_prop_op(9F) function for the prop_op(9E) entry point.valuep. The following code is the list of header files that you now should have included in your dummy. Drivers that create and manage their own properties need a custom prop_op(9E) routine. Then call the ddi_prop_op(9F) function with exactly the same arguments as the dummy_prop_op() function.c file.h header file. The prop_op(9E) entry point and the ddi_prop_op(9F) function both take the same seven arguments. The dummy_attach() routine calls the ddi_create_minor_node(9F) function.name. The ddi_create_minor_node(9F) function requires the stat. The prop_op(9E) entry point and the ddi_prop_op(9F) function both require that you include the types.h and sunddi.c file for the four autoconfiguration routines you have written in this section and the three loadable module configuration routines you wrote in the previous section.flags.h header file. See the prop_op(9E) man page to learn about the prop_op(9E) arguments. as you did in your _init(9E) entry point. _fini */ #include <sys/types. The following code is the dummy_prop_op() routine that you should enter into your dummy. You already included these two header files for the cmn_err(9F) function. caddr_t valuep. return(ddi_prop_op(dev. _info. static int dummy_prop_op(dev_t dev. ddi_prop_op */ #include <sys/stat. This dummy driver uses a prop_op(9E) routine to call cmn_err(9F) before calling the ddi_prop_op(9F) function. "Inside dummy_prop_op").h> /* defines S_IFCHR used by ddi_create_minor_node */ Module 12 • Writing a Template Character Device Driver 109 .h header file. #include <sys/modctl. char *name.prop_op. If your driver does not need to customize the behavior of the prop_op(9E) entry point.Writing the Template Driver Defining the Report Driver Property Information Entry Point The prop_op(9E) entry point is required for every driver. The prop_op(9E) and the ddi_prop_op(9F) functions require the types. These arguments are not discussed here because this dummy driver does not create and manage its own properties. int flags.h header files.lengthp)). use cmn_err(9F) to write a message to the system log.

int otyp. The close(9E) routine relinquishes access to the device. The read(9E) routine reads data from the device node. "Inside dummy_read"). int otyp. The close(9E) routine must undo everything that the open(9E) routine did. 2006 . cred_t *credp) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. } static int dummy_close(dev_t dev.h> /* /* /* used by all entry points for this driver */ used by all entry points for this driver */ also used by ddi_get_instance. 110 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. The close(9E). cred_t *cred) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. "Inside dummy_open"). I I In this section. return DDI_SUCCESS. "Inside dummy_close"). the following code is added: /* Use context entry points */ static int dummy_open(dev_t *devp. */ ddi_get_instance. and write(9E) user context routines are optional. int flag. All character and block drivers must define the open(9E) user context entry point. When a system call opens a device file. The write(9E) routine writes data to the device node. and ddi_prop_op */ Writing the User Context Entry Points User context entry points correspond closely to system calls. int flag.h> /* /* #include <sys/sunddi. cred_t *cred) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. return DDI_SUCCESS. then the open(9E) routine in the driver for that device is called. the open(9E) routine can be nulldev(9F).h> /* #include <sys/ddi.Writing the Template Driver #include <sys/cmn_err. } static int dummy_read(dev_t dev. However. I I The open(9E) routine gains access to the device. ddi_prop_op */ used by all entry points for this driver */ also used by ddi_create_minor_node. read(9E). struct uio *uiop.

} Declaring the User Context Entry Points The user context entry point routines need to be uniquely named for this driver.c file. int flags. The following declarations are the entry point declarations you should have in your dummy. The open(9E) routine takes four arguments. dev_info_t *dip. int otyp. ddi_detach_cmd_t cmd). static int dummy_prop_op(dev_t dev. This dummy driver is so simple that this dummy_open() routine does not use any of the open(9E) arguments. void **resultp). static int dummy_open(dev_t *devp. int *lengthp). ddi_info_cmd_t cmd. ddi_attach_cmd_t cmd). struct uio *uiop. cred_t *credp) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. void *arg. static int dummy_getinfo(dev_info_t *dip. cred_t *credp). struct uio *uiop. The open(9E) routine should return either DDI_SUCCESS or the appropriate error number. struct uio *uiop. static int dummy_read(dev_t dev. static int dummy_open(dev_t *devp. cred_t *cred) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. char *name. } Module 12 • Writing a Template Character Device Driver 111 . return DDI_SUCCESS. return DDI_SUCCESS. caddr_t valuep. int otyp. cred_t *credp). int otyp. The following code is the dummy_open() routine that you should enter into your dummy. } static int dummy_write(dev_t dev. ddi_prop_op_t prop_op. Write a message to the system log and return success. "Inside dummy_write"). cred_t *cred).Writing the Template Driver return DDI_SUCCESS. Defining the Open Device Entry Point The open(9E) routine returns type int. "Inside dummy_open"). Use the same prefix for each of the user context entry points that you used for each of the autoconfiguration entry point routines.c file: static int dummy_attach(dev_info_t *dip. static int dummy_detach(dev_info_t *dip. cred_t *cred). int flag. int flag. static int dummy_write(dev_t dev. static int dummy_close(dev_t dev. int flag.

the open(9E) routine is so simple that nothing needs to be reclaimed or undone in the close(9E) routine. struct uio *uiop. int flag. } Defining the Write Device Entry Point The write(9E) routine returns type int. 112 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. Write a message to the system log and return success.Writing the Template Driver Defining the Close Device Entry Point The close(9E) routine returns type int. int otyp. "Inside dummy_close"). static int dummy_read(dev_t dev. The close(9E) routine takes four arguments. static int dummy_close(dev_t dev. cred_t *credp) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. and destroy anything that was created in the open(9E) routine. cred_t *cred) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. The following code is the dummy_close() routine that you should enter into your dummy. The read(9E) routine takes three arguments. "Inside dummy_read"). The close(9E) routine must undo everything that the open(9E) routine did. return DDI_SUCCESS. The close(9E) routine should return either DDI_SUCCESS or the appropriate error number. The read(9E) routine should return either DDI_SUCCESS or the appropriate error number. The write(9E) routine should return either DDI_SUCCESS or the appropriate error number. This dummy driver is so simple that this dummy_close() routine does not use any of the close(9E) arguments. return DDI_SUCCESS. This dummy driver is so simple that this dummy_read() routine does not use any of the read(9E) arguments. This dummy driver is so simple that this dummy_write() routine does not use any of the write(9E) arguments. } Defining the Read Device Entry Point The read(9E) routine returns type int. The close(9E) routine must deallocate anything that was allocated. close anything that was opened. In this dummy driver. 2006 . The write(9E) routine takes three arguments.c file. Write a message to the system log and return success. The following code is the dummy_read() routine that you should enter into your dummy.c file.

close. the ddi. and the sunddi. You already have included the types.h> /* #include <sys/cred. static int dummy_write(dev_t dev. read */ used by read */ defines S_IFCHR used by ddi_create_minor_node */ used by all entry points for this driver */ used by all entry points for this driver */ also used by ddi_get_instance and */ ddi_prop_op */ used by all entry points for this driver */ also used by ddi_create_minor_node. close. Because the dev_ops(9S) structure includes a pointer to the cb_ops(9S) character and block operations structure. read.h> /* #include <sys/open. The modldrv(9S) linkage structure for loadable Module 12 • Writing a Template Character Device Driver 113 . write. write */ used by open.h> /* #include <sys/uio.h> /* #include <sys/cmn_err. */ and ddi_prop_op */ used by open. */ and _fini */ used by open.h> /* #include <sys/stat. _init.c file for all the entry points you have written in this section and the previous two sections: #include <sys/modctl. Write a message to the system log and return success. open. close.h> /* /* /* used by modlinkage.h> /* #include <sys/ddi.h header files.h> /* /* #include <sys/file. return DDI_SUCCESS. read. "Inside dummy_write").h. prop_op.c file. cred_t *credp) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE.h header file. and ddi_prop_op */ Writing the Driver Data Structures All of the data structures described in this section are required for every device driver.h> /* /* #include <sys/types. You need to include the file. write */ used by open. _info. } Including User Context Header Files The four user context entry point routines require your module to include several header files. errno.h. All drivers must define a dev_ops(9S) device operations structure. close. close */ used by open.h. read.h> /* /* /* #include <sys/sunddi.h header file.Writing the Template Driver The following code is the dummy_write() routine that you should enter into your dummy.h> /* #include <sys/errno. modldrv. struct uio *uiop. */ ddi_get_instance.h header file.h. The following code is the list of header files that you now should have included in your dummy. you must define the cb_ops(9S) structure first. and uio. cred.

The modlinkage(9S) module linkage structure includes a pointer to the modldrv(9S) structure. and _fini(9E) entry points are required for all kernel modules and are not specific to device driver modules. if not NULL. /* no mmap */ nodev. /* no strategy . the following code is added: /* cb_ops structure */ static struct cb_ops dummy_cb_ops = { dummy_open. /* no dump */ dummy_read. /* no ioctl */ nodev. 0. 114 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. /* no identify .h */ CB_REV. nulldev. /* cb_ops revision number */ nodev. /* compatibility flags: see conf. The loadable module configuration entry points are not initialized in driver data structures. /* reference count */ dummy_getinfo. Except for the loadable module configuration entry points. nodev. Initializing the entry points in these data structures enables the driver to be dynamically loaded. /* dev_ops structure */ static struct dev_ops dummy_dev_ops = { DEVO_REV. /* no devmap */ nodev. 2006 . /* no segmap */ nochpoll. dummy_close.Writing the Template Driver drivers includes a pointer to the dev_ops(9S) structure. all of the required entry points for a driver are initialized in the character and block operations structure or in the device operations structure. /* streamtab struct. /* returns ENXIO for non-pollable devices */ dummy_prop_op. In this section. NULL. nodev. all above */ /* fields are ignored */ D_NEW | D_MP. Some optional entry points and other related data also are initialized in these data structures. The _init(9E).nulldev returns 0 */ nulldev. /* no probe */ dummy_attach. /* no print */ nodev.nodev returns ENXIO */ nodev. dummy_write. /* no aread */ nodev /* no awrite */ }. _info(9E).

See the cb_ops(9S) man page to learn what each element is and what the value of each element should be. nodev. /* no print */ nodev. /* no reset .nodev returns ENXIO */ nodev. /* dev_info structure */ dev_info_t *dummy_dip. This dummy driver does not use all of the elements in the cb_ops(9S) structure. The following code is the cb_ops(9S) structure that you should enter into your dummy. See the description that follows the code sample. This is a driver. /* Name of the module. &md. */ "dummy driver". Prepend the static type modifier to the declaration. /* modldrv structure */ static struct modldrv md = { &mod_driverops. When you name this structure. dummy_write. Module 12 • Writing a Template Character Device Driver 115 . /* modlinkage structure */ static struct modlinkage ml = { MODREV_1. nodev /* no power */ }.Writing the Template Driver dummy_detach.nodev returns ENXIO */ &dummy_cb_ops.c file: static struct cb_ops dummy_cb_ops = { dummy_open. use the same dummy_ prefix that you used for the names of the autoconfiguration routines and the names of the user context routines. /* keep track of one instance */ Defining the Character and Block Operations Structure The cb_ops(9S) structure initializes standard character and block interfaces. (struct bus_ops *)NULL. /* no dump */ dummy_read. */ &dummy_dev_ops }. NULL }. /* no strategy . dummy_close. nodev. /* Type of module.

and dump(9E) routines are for block drivers only. Initialize all of these unused function elements to nodev(9F). Specify NULL for the streamtab(9S) STREAMS entity declaration structure because this driver is not a STREAMS driver. mmap(9E). Enter the names of the read(9E) and write(9E) entry points for this driver as the values of the sixth and seventh elements of this structure. Specify the nochpoll(9F) function for the chpoll(9E) element of the cb_ops(9S) structure because this driver is not for a pollable device. 2006 .h header file for more compatibility flags. dummy_prop_op. This dummy driver does not define these three routines because this driver is a character driver. Enter the name of the prop_op(9E) entry point for this driver as the value of the thirteenth element in this structure. nodev. 116 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. NULL. nodev. CB_REV is defined in the devops. all above */ fields are ignored */ compatibility flags: see conf. The strategy(9E). The nodev(9F) function returns the ENXIO error code. The CB_REV element of the cb_ops(9S) structure is the cb_ops(9S) revision number.Writing the Template Driver nodev. This driver does not define an ioctl(9E) entry point because this driver does not use I/O control commands.h header file.h header file. The D_MP flag means this driver safely allows multiple threads of execution. The compatibility flags are defined in the conf.h */ cb_ops revision number */ no aread */ no awrite */ Enter the names of the open(9E) and close(9E) entry points for this driver as the values of the first two elements of this structure. nodev. CB_REV. See the conf. nodev }. /* /* /* /* /* /* /* /* /* /* /* no ioctl */ no devmap */ no mmap */ no segmap */ returns ENXIO for non-pollable devices */ streamtab struct. nodev. This driver does not define devmap(9E). The D_NEW flag means this driver is a new-style driver. D_NEW | D_MP. All drivers must be multithreaded-safe. if not NULL. and must specify this D_MP flag. nochpoll. This driver does not does not define aread(9E) or awrite(9E) entry points because this driver does not perform any asynchronous reads or writes. print(9E). The D_64BIT flag means this driver supports 64-bit offsets and block numbers. or segmap(9E) entry points because this driver does not support memory mapping.

probe(9E). use the same dummy_ prefix that you used for the names of the autoconfiguration routines and the names of the user context routines. The next element of the dev_ops(9S) structure is a pointer to the bus operations structure. The driver reference count is the number of instances of this driver that are currently open. /* reference count */ dummy_getinfo. The reset() function is obsolete. The second element in this structure is the driver reference count. /* no probe */ dummy_attach. The DEVO_REV element of the dev_ops(9S) structure is the driver build version. DEVO_REV is defined in the devops. See the dev_ops(9S) man page to learn what each element is and what the value of each element should be. The probe(9E) function determines whether the corresponding device exists and is valid. The nulldev(9F) function returns success. This dummy driver does not use all of the elements in the dev_ops(9S) structure. and reset() functions for this particular driver. The next six elements of the dev_ops(9S) structure are the names of the getinfo(9E). /* no reset . attach(9E). Module 12 • Writing a Template Character Device Driver 117 .c file: static struct dev_ops dummy_dev_ops = { DEVO_REV. nodev. /* no identify . dummy_detach. detach(9E). The identify(9E) function is obsolete. This dummy driver does not define a probe(9E) function.Writing the Template Driver Defining the Device Operations Structure The dev_ops(9S) structure initializes interfaces that are used for operations such as attaching and detaching the driver. Only nexus drivers have bus operations structures. Initialize this structure element to nulldev(9F). 0. Initialize this structure element to nulldev. See the description that follows the code sample. Initialize the reset() function to nodev(9F). (struct bus_ops *)NULL. This dummy driver is not a nexus driver. The following code is the dev_ops(9S) structure that you should enter into your dummy. When you name this structure. Set this value to NULL because this driver is a leaf driver. The next element of the dev_ops(9S) structure is a pointer to the cb_ops(9S) structure for this driver. Initialize this value to zero. nodev /* no power */ }. nulldev. Prepend the static type modifier to the declaration. identify(9E).nulldev returns 0 */ nulldev. Enter &dummy_cb_ops for the value of the pointer to the cb_ops(9S) structure.h header file.nodev returns ENXIO */ &dummy_cb_ops. The driver cannot be unloaded if any instances of the driver are still open.

and _fini(9E) routines to install. Driver modules have only one linkage structure.c file. The following code defines the modldrv(9S) and modlinkage(9S) structures for the driver shown in this module: static struct modldrv md = { &mod_driverops. The mod_driverops structure tells the kernel that the dummy. Defining the Module Linkage Structures Two other module loading structures are required for every driver. This driver does not drive a hardware device. remove. The mod_driverops structure is defined in the modctl.c module is a loadable driver module. */ &dummy_dev_ops }. static struct modlinkage ml = { MODREV_1. This is a driver. You already included the modctl. Set this value to MODREV_1.h header file in your dummy. The power(9E) routine operates on a hardware device.Writing the Template Driver The last element of the dev_ops(9S) structure is the name of the power(9E) routine for this driver. The first element in the modldrv(9S) structure is a pointer to a structure that tells the kernel what kind of module this is. 2006 . The last element of the modldrv(9S) structure is a pointer to the dev_ops(9S) structure for this driver. The second element in the modldrv(9S) structure is a string that describes this module. The modldrv(9S) linkage structure for loadable drivers exports driver-specific information to the kernel. /* Type of module. so do not declare the mod_driverops structure in dummy. The modlinkage(9S) module linkage structure is used by the _init(9E). The first element in the modlinkage(9S) structure is the revision number of the loadable modules system. _info(9E).c. NULL }. Set this value to the address of the mod_driverops structure. /* Name of the module. Usually this string contains the name of this module and the version number of this module. */ "dummy driver". Enter the value NULL to terminate this list of linkage structures.c source file. &md. and retrieve information from a module. Set the value of this structure element to nodev. 118 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. The mod_driverops structure is declared in the modctl.h header file. Enter the address of the md structure for the value of this element of the modlinkage(9S) structure. See the man pages for each structure to learn what each element is and what the value of each element should be. The next element of the modlinkage(9S) structure is the address of a null-terminated array of pointers to linkage structures.

Writing the Template Driver Including Data Structures Header Files The cb_ops(9S) and dev_ops(9S) structures require you to include the conf.h> /* used by dev_ops and cb_ops */ #include <sys/modctl.h> /* used by read */ #include <sys/stat. and */ /* ddi_prop_op */ #include <sys/sunddi.h and devops.h> /* used by open. prop_op. */ /* and ddi_prop_op */ #include <sys/file. You already included the modctl. write */ #include <sys/open. close.h header file for the loadable module configuration entry points.h> /* used by open. read. close. modldrv. The modlinkage(9S) and modldrv(9S) structures require you to include the modctl. close */ #include <sys/errno.h> /* defines S_IFCHR used by ddi_create_minor_node */ #include <sys/cmn_err.h> /* used by open.h> /* used by modlinkage. write */ #include <sys/cred. */ /* ddi_get_instance. ddi_create_minor_node. _init. close.h> /* used by all entry points for this driver */ #include <sys/ddi. close. and ddi_prop_op */ Module 12 • Writing a Template Character Device Driver 119 .h header files.h> /* used by open. _info. ddi_get_instance. read */ #include <sys/uio.h header file.c file: #include <sys/devops. The following code is the complete list of header files that you now should have included in your dummy. */ /* and _fini */ #include <sys/types.h> /* used by open. read.h> /* used by all entry points for this driver */ /* also used by cb_ops. write.h> /* used by dev_ops */ #include <sys/conf. read.h> /* used by all entry points for this driver */ /* also used by cb_ops.

Writing the Device Configuration File

Writing the Device Configuration File
This driver requires a configuration file. The minimum information that a configuration file must contain is the name of the device node and the name or type of the device’s parent. In this simple example, the node name of the device is the same as the file name of the driver. Create a file named dummy.conf in your working directory. Put the following single line of information into dummy.conf:
name="dummy" parent="pseudo";

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Building and Installing the Template Driver

Building and Installing the Template Driver
This section shows you how to build and install the driver for a 32-bit platform. Compile and link the driver. Use the -D_KERNEL option to indicate that this code defines a kernel module. The following example shows compiling and linking for a 32-bit architecture using the Sun Studio C compiler:
% cc -D_KERNEL -c dummy.c % ld -r -o dummy dummy.o

Make sure you are user root when you install the driver. Install drivers in the /tmp directory until you are finished modifying and testing the _info(), _init(), and attach() routines. Copy the driver binary to the /tmp directory. Link to the driver from the kernel driver directory.
# cp dummy /tmp

Link to the following directory for a 32-bit architecture:
# ln -s /tmp/dummy /usr/kernel/drv/dummy

Copy the configuration file to the kernel driver area of the system.
# cp dummy.conf /usr/kernel/drv

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Testing the Template Driver

Testing the Template Driver
This dummy driver merely writes a message to a system log each time an entry point routine is entered. To test this driver, watch for these messages to confirm that each entry point routine is successfully entered. The cmn_err(9F) function writes low priority messages such as the messages defined in this dummy driver to /dev/log. The syslogd(1M) daemon reads messages from /dev/log and writes low priority messages to /var/adm/messages. In a separate window, enter the following command and monitor the output as you perform the tests described in the remainder of this section:
% tail -f /var/adm/messages

Adding the Template Driver
Make sure you are user root when you add the driver. Use the add_drv(1M) command to add the driver:
# add_drv dummy

You should see the following messages in the window where you are viewing /var/adm/messages:
date time machine dummy: [ID 513080 kern.notice] NOTICE: Inside _info date time machine dummy: [ID 874762 kern.notice] NOTICE: Inside _init date time machine dummy: [ID 678704 kern.notice] NOTICE: Inside dummy_attach

The _info(9E), _init(9E), and attach(9E) entry points are called in that order when you add a driver. The dummy driver has been added to the /devices directory:
% ls -l /devices/pseudo | grep dummy drwxr-xr-x 2 root sys 512 date time dummy@0 crw------- 1 root sys 92, 0 date time dummy@0:0

The dummy driver also is the most recent module listed by modinfo(1M):
% modinfo Id Loadaddr 180 ed192b70 Size Info Rev Module Name 544 92 1 dummy (dummy driver)

The module name, dummy driver, is the value you entered for the second member of the modldrv(9S) structure. The value 92 is the major number of this module.
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Testing the Template Driver

% grep dummy /etc/name_to_major dummy 92

The Loadaddr address of ed192b70 is the address of the first instruction in the dummy driver. This address might be useful, for example, in debugging.
% mdb -k > dummy‘_init $m BASE LIMIT ed192b70 ed192ff0 > $q

SIZE NAME 480 dummy

The dummy driver also is the most recent module listed by prtconf(1M) in the pseudo device section:
% prtconf -P pseudo, instance #0 dummy, instance #0 (driver not attached)

A driver is automatically loaded when a device that the driver manages is accessed. A driver might be automatically unloaded when the driver is not in use. If your driver is in the /devices directory but modinfo(1M) does not list your driver, you can use either of the following methods to load your driver:
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Use the modload(1M) command. Access the device. The driver is loaded automatically when a device that the driver manages is accessed. The following section describes how to access the dummy device.

Reading and Writing the Device
Make sure you are user root when you perform the tests described in this section. If you are not user root, you will receive “Permission denied” error messages when you try to access the /devices/pseudo/dummy@0:0 special file. Test reading from the device. Your dummy device probably is named /devices/pseudo/dummy@0:0. The following command reads from your dummy device even if it has a slightly different name:
# cat /devices/pseudo/dummy*

You should see the following messages in the window where you are viewing /var/adm/messages:
date time machine dummy: [ID 136952 kern.notice] NOTICE: Inside dummy_open date time machine dummy: [ID 623947 kern.notice] NOTICE: Inside dummy_getinfo date time machine dummy: [ID 891851 kern.notice] NOTICE: Inside dummy_prop_op

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Testing the Template Driver date date date date date time time time time time machine machine machine machine machine dummy: dummy: dummy: dummy: dummy: [ID [ID [ID [ID [ID 623947 891851 623947 709590 550206 kern.notice] kern.notice] kern.notice] kern.notice] kern. Removing the Template Driver Make sure you are user root when you unload the driver.notice] kern.notice] NOTICE: Inside _fini The dummy device is no longer in the /devices directory: # ls /devices/pseudo/dummy* /devices/pseudo/dummy*: No such file or directory 124 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.notice] NOTICE: Inside dummy_detach date time machine dummy: [ID 812373 kern.notice] NOTICE: NOTICE: NOTICE: NOTICE: NOTICE: Inside Inside Inside Inside Inside dummy_getinfo dummy_prop_op dummy_getinfo dummy_read dummy_close Test writing to the device: # echo hello > ‘ls /devices/pseudo/dummy*‘ You should see the following messages in the window where you are viewing /var/adm/messages: date date date date date date date date time time time time time time time time machine machine machine machine machine machine machine machine dummy: dummy: dummy: dummy: dummy: dummy: dummy: dummy: [ID [ID [ID [ID [ID [ID [ID [ID 136952 623947 891851 623947 891851 623947 672780 550206 kern.notice] NOTICE: NOTICE: NOTICE: NOTICE: NOTICE: NOTICE: NOTICE: NOTICE: Inside Inside Inside Inside Inside Inside Inside Inside dummy_open dummy_getinfo dummy_prop_op dummy_getinfo dummy_prop_op dummy_getinfo dummy_write dummy_close As you can see.notice] kern. The only difference is in the seventh line of the output.notice] NOTICE: Inside _info date time machine dummy: [ID 617648 kern. Use the rem_drv(1M) command to unload the driver and remove the device from the /devices directory: # rem_drv dummy You should see the following messages in the window where you are viewing /var/adm/messages: date time machine dummy: [ID 513080 kern.notice] kern. this output from the write test is almost identical to the output you saw from the read test. Using the cat(1) command causes the kernel to access the read(9E) entry point of the driver. The text argument that you give to echo(1) is ignored because this driver does not do anything with that data.notice] kern.notice] kern. 2006 .notice] kern.notice] kern. Using the echo(1) command causes the kernel to access the write(9E) entry point of the driver.

close.h> /* used by modlinkage. Then the next time you read from or write to the dummy device. * * Build the driver: * cc -D_KERNEL -c dummy. close. you must load the driver again using add_drv(1M). _init. write */ #include <sys/open. prop_op. Press Control-C to stop tailing the /var/adm/messages messages. write */ Module 12 • Writing a Template Character Device Driver 125 .conf /usr/kernel/drv * cp dummy /tmp * ln -s /tmp/dummy /usr/kernel/drv/dummy * Add the driver: * add_drv dummy * Test (1) read from driver (2) write to driver: * cat /devices/pseudo/dummy@* * echo hello > ‘ls /devices/pseudo/dummy@*‘ * Verify the tests in another window: * tail -f /var/adm/messages * Remove the driver: * rem_drv dummy */ #include <sys/devops. * Writes a message whenever a routine is entered. close. write.h> /* used by dev_ops */ #include <sys/conf.h> /* used by open. read. */ /* and ddi_prop_op */ #include <sys/file.h> /* used by open. the driver is automatically loaded. Dummy Driver Source The following code is the complete source for the dummy driver described in this module: /* * Minimalist pseudo-device. _info. You can use the modunload(1M) command to unload the driver but not remove the device from /devices.Testing the Template Driver The next time you want to read from or write to the dummy device.o * Copy the driver and the configuration file to /usr/kernel/drv: * cp dummy. read. */ /* and _fini */ #include <sys/types.h> /* used by dev_ops and cb_ops */ #include <sys/modctl.h> /* used by open. modldrv.h> /* used by open. close */ #include <sys/errno.c * ld -r -o dummy dummy. read.

h> <sys/ddi. ddi_info_cmd_t cmd. ddi_attach_cmd_t cmd). int otyp. 2006 . /* compatibility flags: see conf. /* no strategy . NULL.Testing the Template Driver #include #include #include #include #include /* /* /* /* /* /* /* #include <sys/sunddi.h */ CB_REV. struct uio *uiop. ddi_create_minor_node.h> <sys/stat. nodev. static int dummy_write(dev_t dev. */ ddi_get_instance. /* no segmap */ nochpoll. 126 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. /* streamtab struct. static int dummy_detach(dev_info_t *dip. int otyp.h> <sys/uio. static int dummy_read(dev_t dev. cred_t *cred). all above */ /* fields are ignored */ D_NEW | D_MP. int flag. /* no ioctl */ nodev. dev_info_t *dip. int flag. void *arg. /* no dump */ dummy_read. ddi_prop_op_t prop_op. and */ ddi_prop_op */ used by all entry points for this driver */ also used by cb_ops. int *lengthp). /* no mmap */ nodev. /* no aread */ nodev /* no awrite */ }. caddr_t valuep.nodev returns ENXIO */ nodev. ddi_get_instance. static int dummy_open(dev_t *devp. void **resultp). close.h> used by open. read */ used by read */ defines S_IFCHR used by ddi_create_minor_node */ used by all entry points for this driver */ used by all entry points for this driver */ also used by cb_ops. /* cb_ops revision number */ nodev. static int dummy_getinfo(dev_info_t *dip. static int dummy_close(dev_t dev. int flags. cred_t *credp). /* no print */ nodev. and ddi_prop_op */ static int dummy_attach(dev_info_t *dip. /* returns ENXIO for non-pollable devices */ dummy_prop_op. nodev. ddi_detach_cmd_t cmd). cred_t *credp).h> /* /* /* <sys/cred. dummy_write. /* cb_ops structure */ static struct cb_ops dummy_cb_ops = { dummy_open. char *name. if not NULL. dummy_close. /* no devmap */ nodev. struct uio *uiop.h> <sys/cmn_err. static int dummy_prop_op(dev_t dev. cred_t *cred).

/* reference count */ dummy_getinfo. nodev /* no power */ }.Testing the Template Driver /* dev_ops structure */ static struct dev_ops dummy_dev_ops = { DEVO_REV. /* no identify . return(mod_install(&ml)). /* Type of module. "Inside _info"). "Inside _init"). nulldev. /* modldrv structure */ static struct modldrv md = { &mod_driverops. /* no probe */ dummy_attach. /* Name of the module. &md. /* dev_info structure */ dev_info_t *dummy_dip. 0. /* no reset .nodev returns ENXIO */ &dummy_cb_ops. nodev. dummy_detach. */ "dummy driver". /* keep track of one instance */ /* Loadable module configuration entry points */ int _init(void) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. (struct bus_ops *)NULL. */ &dummy_dev_ops }. NULL }.nulldev returns 0 */ nulldev. } int _info(struct modinfo *modinfop) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. This is a driver. /* modlinkage structure */ static struct modlinkage ml = { MODREV_1. Module 12 • Writing a Template Character Device Driver 127 .

NULL). switch(cmd) { case DDI_DETACH: dummy_dip = 0. default: return DDI_FAILURE. switch(cmd) { case DDI_ATTACH: dummy_dip = dip. modinfop)).0) != DDI_SUCCESS) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. } else return DDI_SUCCESS. "dummy". "0". "Inside dummy_detach"). return(DDI_FAILURE). "Inside dummy_attach"). DDI_PSEUDO. S_IFCHR. 0).". return(mod_remove(&ml)). "Inside _fini"). return DDI_SUCCESS.Testing the Template Driver return(mod_info(&ml. ddi_remove_minor_node(dip. 2006 . } } static int dummy_detach(dev_info_t *dip. } int _fini(void) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. default: return DDI_FAILURE. "%s%d: attach: could not add character node. } } 128 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. if (ddi_create_minor_node(dip. ddi_get_instance(dip). } /* Device configuration entry points */ static int dummy_attach(dev_info_t *dip. ddi_attach_cmd_t cmd) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. ddi_detach_cmd_t cmd) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE.

} static int dummy_read(dev_t dev. } } /* Main entry points */ static int dummy_prop_op(dev_t dev. int *lengthp) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. switch(cmd) { case DDI_INFO_DEVT2DEVINFO: *resultp = dummy_dip.Testing the Template Driver static int dummy_getinfo(dev_info_t *dip. int otyp. "Inside dummy_getinfo"). default: return DDI_FAILURE.valuep. int otyp. int flags. caddr_t valuep. dev_info_t *dip. return DDI_SUCCESS. "Inside dummy_prop_op"). ddi_prop_op_t prop_op. return DDI_SUCCESS.flags. cred_t *cred) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE.lengthp)). Module 12 • Writing a Template Character Device Driver 129 .prop_op. "Inside dummy_read"). return DDI_SUCCESS. } static int dummy_open(dev_t *devp. return DDI_SUCCESS. "Inside dummy_open"). cred_t *credp) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. int flag. return(ddi_prop_op(dev. case DDI_INFO_DEVT2INSTANCE: *resultp = 0. char *name. int flag. cred_t *cred) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE.name.dip. void **resultp) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. ddi_info_cmd_t cmd. struct uio *uiop. } static int dummy_close(dev_t dev. void *arg. "Inside dummy_close").

Testing the Template Driver return DDI_SUCCESS. } static int dummy_write(dev_t dev. cred_t *credp) { cmn_err(CE_NOTE. "Inside dummy_write"). } 130 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. 2006 . struct uio *uiop. return DDI_SUCCESS.

13 M O D U L E 1 3 Debugging Drivers With DTrace Objectives The objective of this module is to learn about how you can use DTrace to debug your driver development projects by reviewing a case study. 131 .

Developers with a talent for assembly language can use adb and create custom modules in C for mdb to diagnose software errors.c.Porting the smbfs Driver from Linux to the Solaris OS Porting the smbfs Driver from Linux to the Solaris OS This case study focuses on leveraging the DTrace capability for device driver development. First copy the prototype driver to /usr/kernel/fs and attempt to modload it by hand: # modload /usr/kernel/fs/smbfs can’t load module: Out of memory or no room in system tables And the /var/adm/messages file contains: genunix: [ID 104096 kern. and system reboots to uncover software coding errors. This cumbersome process requires guesswork. However. Historically. on a failed call to mod_getsysnum. First. test that the driver can be loaded and unloaded successfully. reveals it is in the function mod_getsysent() in the file modconf. DTrace can be used to capture information on only the events that you as a developer wish to view. Instead of sifting through the /var/adm/messages file or pages of truss output. here’s a simple DTrace script to enable all entry and return events in the fbt (Function Boundary Tracing) provider once mod_getsynum() is entered. After the driver compiles successfully. #!/usr/sbin/dtrace -s #pragma D option flowindent fbt::mod_getsysnum:entry /execname == "modload"/ { self->follow = 1.warning] WARNING: system call missing from bind file Searching for the system call missing message. debugging a device driver required that a developer use function calls like cmn_err() to log diagnostic information to the /var/adm/messages file. } fbt::mod_getsysnum:return { 132 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. create an smbfs driver template based on Sun’s nfs driver. historical approaches to kernel development and debugging are quite time-consuming. re-compilation. 2006 . Instead of manually searching the flow of mod_getsysnum() from source file to source file. DTrace provides a diagnostic short-cut. The magnitude of the benefit provided by DTrace can best be provided through a few simple examples.

trace(arg1).d script: Module 13 • Debugging Drivers With DTrace 133 .nm_hash 0 -> strcmp 0 <./mod_getsysnum. A quick look at find_mbind() reveals that a return value of 0 indicates an error state.d’ matched 35750 probes CPU FUNCTION 0 -> mod_getsysnum 0 -> find_mbind 0 -> nm_hash 0 <. } fbt:::entry /self->follow/ { } fbt:::return /self->follow/ { trace(arg1).d dtrace: script ’.strcmp 0 -> strcmp 0 <. reveals that we’re searching for a char string in a hash table. Executing this script and running the modload command in another window produces the following output: # . To view the contents of the search string we add a strcmp() trace to our previous mod_getsysnum.strcmp 0 <.find_mbind 0 <. } Note – trace(arg1) displays the function’s return value.mod_getsysnum 41 4294967295 7 0 4294967295 Thus either find_mbind() returning ’0’.Porting the smbfs Driver from Linux to the Solaris OS self->follow = 0.c. or nm_hash() returning ’41’ is the culprit./mod_getsysnum. Let’s use DTrace to display the contents of the search string and hash table. Viewing the source to find_mbind() in /usr/src/uts/common/os/modsubr.

} Here are the results of our next attempt to load our driver: # ./mod_getsysnum.d’ matched 35751 probes CPU FUNCTION 0 -> mod_getsysnum 0 -> find_mbind 0 -> nm_hash 0 <.) After rebooting the driver can be loaded successfully./mod_getsysnum.Porting the smbfs Driver from Linux to the Solaris OS fbt::strcmp:entry { printf("name:%s.strcmp 4294967295 0 -> strcmp 0 | strcmp:entry name:smbfs. 2006 . stringof(arg1)).nm_hash 41 0 -> strcmp 0 | strcmp:entry name:smbfs. and a function pointer.c. stringof(arg0). which takes as its arguments a config file. A few more clicks on our source code browser reveal the contents of the config file to be defined as /etc/name_to_sysnum in the file /usr/src/uts/common/os/modctl. the hash table.mod_getsysnum 4294967295 So we’re looking for smbfs in a hash table. hash:%s". # modload /usr/kernel/fs/smbfs Verify that the driver is loaded with the modinfo command: 134 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. ’smbfs 177’ (read_binding_file() is read once at boot time.d dtrace: script ’. and it’s not present. A quick search of the source code reveals that sb_hashtab is initialized with a call to read_binding_file().strcmp 7 0 <. hash:timer_getoverrun 0 <.find_mbind 0 0 <. Add the following to the /etc/name_to_sysnum file and reboot. It looks like we forgot to include a configuration entry for my driver. How does smbfs get into this hash table? Let’s return to find_mbind() and observe that the hash table variable sb_hashtab is passed to the failing nm_hash() function. hash:lwp_sema_post 0 <.

let’s use DTrace to look at modunload with this script: #!/usr/sbin/dtrace -s #pragma D option flowindent fbt::modunload:entry Module 13 • Debugging Drivers With DTrace 135 . we now have access to 1002 entry and return events contained in the driver. client. using this simple DTrace script: #!/usr/sbin/dtrace -s #pragma D option flowindent fbt:smbfs::entry { } fbt:smbfs::return { trace(arg1). since the smbfs driver is a loaded module. we have access to all of the smbfs functions: # dtrace -l fbt:smbfs:: | wc -l 1002 This is amazing! Without any special coding. So. Let’s make sure we can also unload the module: # modunload -i 160 can’t unload the module: Device busy This is most likely due to an EBUSY errno return value. which explains this output. But now. and comm) (network filesystem) (network filesystem version 2) (network filesystem version 3) Note – Remember that this driver was based on an nfs template. These 1002 function handles allow us to debug my work without a special ’instrumented code’ version of the driver! Let’s monitor all smbfs calls when modunload is called.Porting the smbfs Driver from Linux to the Solaris OS # modinfo | grep 160 feb21a58 160 feb21a58 160 feb21a58 160 feb21a58 smbfs 351ac 351ac 351ac 351ac 177 24 25 26 1 1 1 1 smbfs smbfs smbfs smbfs (SMBFS syscall. } It seems that the smbfs code is not being accessed by modunload.

trace(arg0). } Here’s the output of this script: # .moduninstall 16 0 -> mod_release_mod 0 -> mod_release 0 <.mod_release 3602566648 0 <. trace(arg1).mod_release_mod 3602566648 0 <. trace(execname). } fbt::modunload:return { self->follow = 0. } fbt:::entry /self->follow/ { } fbt:::return /self->follow/ { trace(arg1).d dtrace: script ’./modunload.mod_circdep 0 0 -> mod_hold_by_modctl 0 <./modunload.Porting the smbfs Driver from Linux to the Solaris OS { self->follow = 1.d’ matched 36695 probes CPU FUNCTION 0 -> modunload modunload 160 0 | modunload:entry 0 -> mod_hold_by_id 0 -> mod_circdep 0 <.mod_hold_by_id 3602566648 0 -> moduninstall 0 <.modunload 16 136 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March.mod_hold_by_modctl 0 0 <. 2006 .

if ( detach_driver(mp->mod_modname) != 0 ) return (EBUSY). so let’s look at the following possibilities: 1. Module 13 • Debugging Drivers With DTrace 137 . } fbt::moduninstall:return { self->follow = 0. } fbt::kobj_lookup:entry /self->follow/ { } fbt::kobj_lookup:return /self->follow/ { trace(arg1). trace(arg1). A failed call to smbfs _fini() routine We can’t directly access all of these possibilities. if (mp->mod_prim || mp->mod_ref || mp->mod_nenabled != 0) return (EBUSY).Porting the smbfs Driver from Linux to the Solaris OS Observe that the EBUSY return value ’16’ is coming from moduninstall. printf("mod_nenabled:%d\n". printf("mod_prim:%d\n". ((struct modctl *)arg0)->mod_prim). 3. printf("mod_ref:%d\n". Let’s take a look at the source code for moduninstall. but let’s approach them from a process of elimination. We’ll use the following script to display the contents of the various structures and return values in moduninstall: #!/usr/sbin/dtrace -s #pragma D option flowindent fbt::moduninstall:entry { self->follow = 1. printf("mod_loadflags:%d\n". ((struct modctl *)arg0)->mod_ref). ((struct modctl *)arg0)->mod_loadflags). moduninstall returns EBUSY in a few locations. ((struct modctl *)arg0)->mod_nenabled). "_fini") == NULL ) 4. 2. if ( kobj_lookup(mp->mod_mp.

thus we have completed the objectives of this exercise. 138 Introduction to Operating Systems: A Hands-On Approach Using the OpenSolaris Project • March. } This script produces the following output: # . Note that fbt is only one of DTrace’s many providers.d dtrace: script ’. which calls the smbfs _fini() routine.detach_driver 0 -> kobj_lookup 0 <. And here’s what the smbfs _fini() routine contains: int _fini(void) { /* don’t allow module to be unloaded */ return (EBUSY). } Changing the return value to ’0’ and recompiling the code results in a driver that we can now load and unload./moduninstall.d’ matched 6 probes CPU FUNCTION 0 -> moduninstall mod_prim:0 mod_ref:0 mod_nenabled:0 mod_loadflags:1 0 -> detach_driver 0 <. We’ve used the Function Boundary Tracing provider exclusively in these examples.moduninstall 0 4273103456 16 Comparing this output to the code tells us that the failure is not due to the mp structure values or the return values from detach_driver() of kobj_lookup()./moduninstall. it must be the status returned via the status = (*func)().kobj_lookup 0 <. by a process of elimination.Porting the smbfs Driver from Linux to the Solaris OS } fbt::detach_driver:entry /self->follow/ { } fbt::detach_driver:return /self->follow/ { trace(arg1). 2006 . call. Thus.

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