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Re: rpctrace improvement for the Google Summer of Code

From: Tim Retout
Subject: Re: rpctrace improvement for the Google Summer of Code
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2007 10:50:49 +0000

On Wed, 2007-03-21 at 08:09 +0100, olafBuddenhagen@gmx.net wrote:
> Implementing the possibility of attaching rpctrace to running processes,
> is one possible thing that could be done. But there are many others,
> like adding ability to rpctrace to show the names of the parameters
> (needs rpctrace and mig changes); adding some tool(s) that allow logging
> the interactions between several processes, to help understanding
> complex problems and/or doing system profiling; interactive RPC
> debugging tools (possibly as GDB extension); and so on.

These are all good ideas. The difficulty is, the SoC lasts only three
months, and "most students need the first month just to get their
bearings and actually start producing code".[0] It's important to choose
a project/set of tasks that fit within that timeframe. I personally
would be hesitant about trying to write a whole new debugging tool over
the summer - even with a good mentor.

The rpctrace ideas are my personal favourites at the moment - they have
well-defined ends - you know when and whether you've finished. The only
question then is, can you finish in eight weeks? I'm trying to get a
feel for how large these tasks are, before committing to any of them.

[0] http://code.google.com/p/google-summer-of-code/wiki/AdviceforMentors

Tim Retout <tim@retout.co.uk>

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