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Re: rpctrace improvement for the Google Summer of Code

From: olafBuddenhagen
Subject: Re: rpctrace improvement for the Google Summer of Code
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 05:45:03 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)


On Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 10:50:49AM +0000, Tim Retout wrote:
> 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.

Well, it depends on the student. I can imagine that *some* would be able
to create such a tool in three months, so I think it's not wrong to list
it as a possibility -- as long as it's clear that the student is also
free to choose some of the simpler suggestions.


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