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4767a9e7 2RFC: Common Trace Format (CTF) Proposal (pre-v1.7)
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4Mathieu Desnoyers, EfficiOS Inc.
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6The goal of the present document is to propose a trace format that suits the
cc089c3a 7needs of the embedded, telecom, high-performance and kernel communities. It is
5ba9f198 8based on the Common Trace Format Requirements (v1.4) document. It is designed to
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9allow traces to be natively generated by the Linux kernel, Linux user-space
10applications written in C/C++, and hardware components.
11
12The latest version of this document can be found at:
13
14 git tree: git://git.efficios.com/ctf.git
15 gitweb: http://git.efficios.com/?p=ctf.git
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17A reference implementation of a library to read and write this trace format is
18being implemented within the BabelTrace project, a converter between trace
19formats. The development tree is available at:
20
21 git tree: git://git.efficios.com/babeltrace.git
22 gitweb: http://git.efficios.com/?p=babeltrace.git
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24
251. Preliminary definitions
26
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27 - Event Trace: An ordered sequence of events.
28 - Event Stream: An ordered sequence of events, containing a subset of the
29 trace event types.
30 - Event Packet: A sequence of physically contiguous events within an event
31 stream.
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32 - Event: This is the basic entry in a trace. (aka: a trace record).
33 - An event identifier (ID) relates to the class (a type) of event within
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34 an event stream.
35 e.g. event: irq_entry.
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36 - An event (or event record) relates to a specific instance of an event
37 class.
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38 e.g. event: irq_entry, at time X, on CPU Y
39 - Source Architecture: Architecture writing the trace.
40 - Reader Architecture: Architecture reading the trace.
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42
432. High-level representation of a trace
44
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45A trace is divided into multiple event streams. Each event stream contains a
46subset of the trace event types.
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48The final output of the trace, after its generation and optional transport over
49the network, is expected to be either on permanent or temporary storage in a
50virtual file system. Because each event stream is appended to while a trace is
51being recorded, each is associated with a separate file for output. Therefore,
52a stored trace can be represented as a directory containing one file per stream.
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3bf79539 54A metadata event stream contains information on trace event types. It describes:
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56- Trace version.
57- Types available.
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58- Per-stream event header description.
59- Per-stream event header selection.
60- Per-stream event context fields.
5ba9f198 61- Per-event
3bf79539 62 - Event type to stream mapping.
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63 - Event type to name mapping.
64 - Event type to ID mapping.
65 - Event fields description.
66
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3bf79539 683. Event stream
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3bf79539 70An event stream is divided in contiguous event packets of variable size. These
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71subdivisions have a variable size. An event packet can contain a certain
72amount of padding at the end. The stream header is repeated at the
73beginning of each event packet. The rationale for the event stream
74design choices is explained in Appendix B. Stream Header Rationale.
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76The event stream header will therefore be referred to as the "event packet
77header" throughout the rest of this document.
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804. Types
81
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82Types are organized as type classes. Each type class belong to either of two
83kind of types: basic types or compound types.
84
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854.1 Basic types
86
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87A basic type is a scalar type, as described in this section. It includes
88integers, GNU/C bitfields, enumerations, and floating point values.
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904.1.1 Type inheritance
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92Type specifications can be inherited to allow deriving types from a
93type class. For example, see the uint32_t named type derived from the "integer"
94type class below ("Integers" section). Types have a precise binary
95representation in the trace. A type class has methods to read and write these
96types, but must be derived into a type to be usable in an event field.
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984.1.2 Alignment
99
100We define "byte-packed" types as aligned on the byte size, namely 8-bit.
101We define "bit-packed" types as following on the next bit, as defined by the
370eae99 102"Integers" section.
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104All basic types, except bitfields, are either aligned on an architecture-defined
105specific alignment or byte-packed, depending on the architecture preference.
106Architectures providing fast unaligned write byte-packed basic types to save
5ba9f198 107space, aligning each type on byte boundaries (8-bit). Architectures with slow
3bf79539 108unaligned writes align types on specific alignment values. If no specific
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109alignment is declared for a type, it is assumed to be bit-packed for
110integers with size not multiple of 8 bits and for gcc bitfields. All
111other types are byte-packed.
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3bf79539 113Metadata attribute representation of a specific alignment:
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115 align = value; /* value in bits */
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1174.1.3 Byte order
118
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119By default, the native endianness of the source architecture the trace is used.
120Byte order can be overridden for a basic type by specifying a "byte_order"
121attribute. Typical use-case is to specify the network byte order (big endian:
122"be") to save data captured from the network into the trace without conversion.
123If not specified, the byte order is native.
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125Metadata representation:
126
127 byte_order = native OR network OR be OR le; /* network and be are aliases */
128
1294.1.4 Size
130
131Type size, in bits, for integers and floats is that returned by "sizeof()" in C
132multiplied by CHAR_BIT.
133We require the size of "char" and "unsigned char" types (CHAR_BIT) to be fixed
134to 8 bits for cross-endianness compatibility.
135
136Metadata representation:
137
138 size = value; (value is in bits)
139
1404.1.5 Integers
141
142Signed integers are represented in two-complement. Integer alignment, size,
143signedness and byte ordering are defined in the metadata. Integers aligned on
144byte size (8-bit) and with length multiple of byte size (8-bit) correspond to
145the C99 standard integers. In addition, integers with alignment and/or size that
146are _not_ a multiple of the byte size are permitted; these correspond to the C99
147standard bitfields, with the added specification that the CTF integer bitfields
148have a fixed binary representation. A MIT-licensed reference implementation of
149the CTF portable bitfields is available at:
150
151 http://git.efficios.com/?p=babeltrace.git;a=blob;f=include/babeltrace/bitfield.h
152
153Binary representation of integers:
154
155- On little and big endian:
156 - Within a byte, high bits correspond to an integer high bits, and low bits
157 correspond to low bits.
158- On little endian:
159 - Integer across multiple bytes are placed from the less significant to the
160 most significant.
161 - Consecutive integers are placed from lower bits to higher bits (even within
162 a byte).
163- On big endian:
164 - Integer across multiple bytes are placed from the most significant to the
165 less significant.
166 - Consecutive integers are placed from higher bits to lower bits (even within
167 a byte).
168
169This binary representation is derived from the bitfield implementation in GCC
170for little and big endian. However, contrary to what GCC does, integers can
171cross units boundaries (no padding is required). Padding can be explicitely
172added (see 4.1.6 GNU/C bitfields) to follow the GCC layout if needed.
173
174Metadata representation:
175
80fd2569 176 integer {
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177 signed = true OR false; /* default false */
178 byte_order = native OR network OR be OR le; /* default native */
179 size = value; /* value in bits, no default */
180 align = value; /* value in bits */
2152348f 181 }
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80fd2569 183Example of type inheritance (creation of a uint32_t named type):
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359894ac 185typealias integer {
9e4e34e9 186 size = 32;
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187 signed = false;
188 align = 32;
80af8ac6 189} typename uint32_t;
5ba9f198 190
80fd2569 191Definition of a named 5-bit signed bitfield:
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359894ac 193typealias integer {
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194 size = 5;
195 signed = true;
196 align = 1;
80af8ac6 197} typename int5_t;
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1994.1.6 GNU/C bitfields
200
201The GNU/C bitfields follow closely the integer representation, with a
202particularity on alignment: if a bitfield cannot fit in the current unit, the
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203unit is padded and the bitfield starts at the following unit. The unit size is
204defined by the size of the type "unit_type".
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2152348f 206Metadata representation:
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208 unit_type name:size:
209
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210As an example, the following structure declared in C compiled by GCC:
211
212struct example {
213 short a:12;
214 short b:5;
215};
216
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217The example structure is aligned on the largest element (short). The second
218bitfield would be aligned on the next unit boundary, because it would not fit in
219the current unit.
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2214.1.7 Floating point
222
223The floating point values byte ordering is defined in the metadata.
224
225Floating point values follow the IEEE 754-2008 standard interchange formats.
226Description of the floating point values include the exponent and mantissa size
227in bits. Some requirements are imposed on the floating point values:
228
229- FLT_RADIX must be 2.
230- mant_dig is the number of digits represented in the mantissa. It is specified
231 by the ISO C99 standard, section 5.2.4, as FLT_MANT_DIG, DBL_MANT_DIG and
232 LDBL_MANT_DIG as defined by <float.h>.
233- exp_dig is the number of digits represented in the exponent. Given that
234 mant_dig is one bit more than its actual size in bits (leading 1 is not
235 needed) and also given that the sign bit always takes one bit, exp_dig can be
236 specified as:
237
238 - sizeof(float) * CHAR_BIT - FLT_MANT_DIG
239 - sizeof(double) * CHAR_BIT - DBL_MANT_DIG
240 - sizeof(long double) * CHAR_BIT - LDBL_MANT_DIG
241
242Metadata representation:
243
80fd2569 244floating_point {
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245 exp_dig = value;
246 mant_dig = value;
247 byte_order = native OR network OR be OR le;
2152348f 248}
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250Example of type inheritance:
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359894ac 252typealias floating_point {
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253 exp_dig = 8; /* sizeof(float) * CHAR_BIT - FLT_MANT_DIG */
254 mant_dig = 24; /* FLT_MANT_DIG */
255 byte_order = native;
80af8ac6 256} typename float;
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258TODO: define NaN, +inf, -inf behavior.
259
2604.1.8 Enumerations
261
262Enumerations are a mapping between an integer type and a table of strings. The
263numerical representation of the enumeration follows the integer type specified
264by the metadata. The enumeration mapping table is detailed in the enumeration
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265description within the metadata. The mapping table maps inclusive value ranges
266(or single values) to strings. Instead of being limited to simple
267"value -> string" mappings, these enumerations map
80fd2569 268"[ start_value ... end_value ] -> string", which map inclusive ranges of
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269values to strings. An enumeration from the C language can be represented in
270this format by having the same start_value and end_value for each element, which
271is in fact a range of size 1. This single-value range is supported without
4767a9e7 272repeating the start and end values with the value = string declaration.
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f4208287 274enum name <integer_type> {
359894ac 275 somestring = start_value1 ... end_value1,
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276 "other string" = start_value2 ... end_value2,
277 yet_another_string, /* will be assigned to end_value2 + 1 */
278 "some other string" = value,
279 ...
280};
281
282If the values are omitted, the enumeration starts at 0 and increment of 1 for
283each entry:
284
f4208287 285enum name <unsigned int> {
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286 ZERO,
287 ONE,
288 TWO,
289 TEN = 10,
290 ELEVEN,
3bf79539 291};
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80fd2569 293Overlapping ranges within a single enumeration are implementation defined.
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296
297enum <integer_type> {
298 ...
299}
300
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3024.2 Compound types
303
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304Compound are aggregation of type declarations. Compound types include
305structures, variant, arrays, sequences, and strings.
306
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3074.2.1 Structures
308
309Structures are aligned on the largest alignment required by basic types
310contained within the structure. (This follows the ISO/C standard for structures)
311
80fd2569 312Metadata representation of a named structure:
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314struct name {
315 field_type field_name;
316 field_type field_name;
317 ...
318};
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320Example:
321
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322struct example {
323 integer { /* Nameless type */
324 size = 16;
325 signed = true;
326 align = 16;
327 } first_field_name;
328 uint64_t second_field_name; /* Named type declared in the metadata */
3bf79539 329};
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331The fields are placed in a sequence next to each other. They each possess a
332field name, which is a unique identifier within the structure.
333
2152348f 334A nameless structure can be declared as a field type or as part of a typedef:
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336struct {
337 ...
2152348f 338}
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77a98c82 3404.2.2 Variants (Discriminated/Tagged Unions)
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342A CTF variant is a selection between different types. A CTF variant must
343always be defined within the scope of a structure or within fields
344contained within a structure (defined recursively). A "tag" enumeration
345field must appear in either the same lexical scope, prior to the variant
346field (in field declaration order), in an uppermost lexical scope (see
347Section 7.2.1), or in an uppermost dynamic scope (see Section 7.2.2).
348The type selection is indicated by the mapping from the enumeration
349value to the string used as variant type selector. The field to use as
350tag is specified by the "tag_field", specified between "< >" after the
351"variant" keyword for unnamed variants, and after "variant name" for
352named variants.
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354The alignment of the variant is the alignment of the type as selected by the tag
355value for the specific instance of the variant. The alignment of the type
356containing the variant is independent of the variant alignment. The size of the
357variant is the size as selected by the tag value for the specific instance of
358the variant.
359
360A named variant declaration followed by its definition within a structure
361declaration:
362
363variant name {
364 field_type sel1;
365 field_type sel2;
366 field_type sel3;
367 ...
368};
369
370struct {
f4208287 371 enum <integer_type> { sel1, sel2, sel3, ... } tag_field;
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373 variant name <tag_field> v;
374}
375
376An unnamed variant definition within a structure is expressed by the following
377metadata:
378
379struct {
f4208287 380 enum <integer_type> { sel1, sel2, sel3, ... } tag_field;
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382 variant <tag_field> {
383 field_type sel1;
384 field_type sel2;
385 field_type sel3;
386 ...
387 } v;
388}
389
390Example of a named variant within a sequence that refers to a single tag field:
391
392variant example {
393 uint32_t a;
394 uint64_t b;
395 short c;
396};
397
398struct {
399 enum <uint2_t> { a, b, c } choice;
15850440 400 variant example <choice> v[unsigned int];
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402
403Example of an unnamed variant:
404
405struct {
406 enum <uint2_t> { a, b, c, d } choice;
407 /* Unrelated fields can be added between the variant and its tag */
408 int32_t somevalue;
409 variant <choice> {
410 uint32_t a;
411 uint64_t b;
412 short c;
413 struct {
414 unsigned int field1;
415 uint64_t field2;
416 } d;
417 } s;
418}
419
420Example of an unnamed variant within an array:
421
422struct {
423 enum <uint2_t> { a, b, c } choice;
424 variant <choice> {
425 uint32_t a;
426 uint64_t b;
427 short c;
15850440 428 } v[10];
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430
431Example of a variant type definition within a structure, where the defined type
432is then declared within an array of structures. This variant refers to a tag
433located in an upper lexical scope. This example clearly shows that a variant
434type definition referring to the tag "x" uses the closest preceding field from
435the lexical scope of the type definition.
436
437struct {
438 enum <uint2_t> { a, b, c, d } x;
439
440 typedef variant <x> { /*
441 * "x" refers to the preceding "x" enumeration in the
442 * lexical scope of the type definition.
443 */
444 uint32_t a;
445 uint64_t b;
446 short c;
447 } example_variant;
448
449 struct {
450 enum <int> { x, y, z } x; /* This enumeration is not used by "v". */
451 example_variant v; /*
452 * "v" uses the "enum <uint2_t> { a, b, c, d }"
453 * tag.
454 */
455 } a[10];
456}
457
4584.2.3 Arrays
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460Arrays are fixed-length. Their length is declared in the type declaration within
461the metadata. They contain an array of "inner type" elements, which can refer to
462any type not containing the type of the array being declared (no circular
3bf79539 463dependency). The length is the number of elements in an array.
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2152348f 465Metadata representation of a named array:
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467typedef elem_type name[length];
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2152348f 469A nameless array can be declared as a field type within a structure, e.g.:
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2152348f 471 uint8_t field_name[10];
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fcba70d4 4744.2.4 Sequences
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476Sequences are dynamically-sized arrays. They start with an integer that specify
477the length of the sequence, followed by an array of "inner type" elements.
3bf79539 478The length is the number of elements in the sequence.
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2152348f 480Metadata representation for a named sequence:
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482typedef elem_type name[length_type];
483
484A nameless sequence can be declared as a field type, e.g.:
485
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486long field_name[int];
487
488The length type follows the integer types specifications, and the sequence
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489elements follow the "array" specifications.
490
fcba70d4 4914.2.5 Strings
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493Strings are an array of bytes of variable size and are terminated by a '\0'
494"NULL" character. Their encoding is described in the metadata. In absence of
495encoding attribute information, the default encoding is UTF-8.
496
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497Metadata representation of a named string type:
498
359894ac 499typealias string {
5ba9f198 500 encoding = UTF8 OR ASCII;
80af8ac6 501} typename name;
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505string field_name; /* Use default UTF8 encoding */
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508
509The event packet header consists of two part: one is mandatory and have a fixed
510layout. The second part, the "event packet context", has its layout described in
511the metadata.
5ba9f198 512
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513- Aligned on page size. Fixed size. Fields either aligned or packed (depending
514 on the architecture preference).
515 No padding at the end of the event packet header. Native architecture byte
5ba9f198 516 ordering.
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518Fixed layout (event packet header):
519
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520- Magic number (CTF magic numbers: 0xC1FC1FC1 and its reverse endianness
521 representation: 0xC11FFCC1) It needs to have a non-symmetric bytewise
522 representation. Used to distinguish between big and little endian traces (this
523 information is determined by knowing the endianness of the architecture
524 reading the trace and comparing the magic number against its value and the
525 reverse, 0xC11FFCC1). This magic number specifies that we use the CTF metadata
526 description language described in this document. Different magic numbers
527 should be used for other metadata description languages.
3bf79539 528- Trace UUID, used to ensure the event packet match the metadata used.
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529 (note: we cannot use a metadata checksum because metadata can be appended to
530 while tracing is active)
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531- Stream ID, used as reference to stream description in metadata.
532
533Metadata-defined layout (event packet context):
534
535- Event packet content size (in bytes).
536- Event packet size (in bytes, includes padding).
537- Event packet content checksum (optional). Checksum excludes the event packet
538 header.
539- Per-stream event packet sequence count (to deal with UDP packet loss). The
540 number of significant sequence counter bits should also be present, so
541 wrap-arounds are deal with correctly.
542- Timestamp at the beginning and timestamp at the end of the event packet.
543 Both timestamps are written in the packet header, but sampled respectively
544 while (or before) writing the first event and while (or after) writing the
545 last event in the packet. The inclusive range between these timestamps should
546 include all event timestamps assigned to events contained within the packet.
5ba9f198 547- Events discarded count
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548 - Snapshot of a per-stream free-running counter, counting the number of
549 events discarded that were supposed to be written in the stream prior to
550 the first event in the event packet.
5ba9f198 551 * Note: producer-consumer buffer full condition should fill the current
3bf79539 552 event packet with padding so we know exactly where events have been
5ba9f198 553 discarded.
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554- Lossless compression scheme used for the event packet content. Applied
555 directly to raw data. New types of compression can be added in following
556 versions of the format.
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557 0: no compression scheme
558 1: bzip2
559 2: gzip
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561- Cypher used for the event packet content. Applied after compression.
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563 1: AES
3bf79539 564- Checksum scheme used for the event packet content. Applied after encryption.
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565 0: no checksum
566 1: md5
567 2: sha1
568 3: crc32
569
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5705.1 Event Packet Header Fixed Layout Description
571
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572struct event_packet_header {
573 uint32_t magic;
574 uint8_t trace_uuid[16];
3bf79539 575 uint32_t stream_id;
80fd2569 576};
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579
580Event packet context example. These are declared within the stream declaration
581in the metadata. All these fields are optional except for "content_size" and
582"packet_size", which must be present in the context.
583
584An example event packet context type:
585
80fd2569 586struct event_packet_context {
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587 uint64_t timestamp_begin;
588 uint64_t timestamp_end;
589 uint32_t checksum;
590 uint32_t stream_packet_count;
591 uint32_t events_discarded;
592 uint32_t cpu_id;
593 uint32_t/uint16_t content_size;
594 uint32_t/uint16_t packet_size;
595 uint8_t stream_packet_count_bits; /* Significant counter bits */
596 uint8_t compression_scheme;
597 uint8_t encryption_scheme;
3b0f8e4d 598 uint8_t checksum_scheme;
3bf79539 599};
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6026. Event Structure
603
604The overall structure of an event is:
605
fcba70d4 6061 - Stream Packet Context (as specified by the stream metadata)
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607 2 - Event Header (as specified by the stream metadata)
608 3 - Stream Event Context (as specified by the stream metadata)
609 4 - Event Context (as specified by the event metadata)
610 5 - Event Payload (as specified by the event metadata)
5ba9f198 611
fdf2bb05 612This structure defines an implicit dynamic scoping, where variants
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613located in inner structures (those with a higher number in the listing
614above) can refer to the fields of outer structures (with lower number in
615the listing above). See Section 7.2 Metadata Scopes for more detail.
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fdf2bb05 6176.1 Event Header
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619Event headers can be described within the metadata. We hereby propose, as an
620example, two types of events headers. Type 1 accommodates streams with less than
62131 event IDs. Type 2 accommodates streams with 31 or more event IDs.
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624a stream. Luckily, this information tends to stay relatively constant (modulo
5ba9f198 625event registration while trace is being recorded), so we can specify different
3bf79539 626representations for streams containing few event IDs and streams containing
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627many event IDs, so we end up representing the event ID and timestamp as densely
628as possible in each case.
629
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630The header is extended in the rare occasions where the information cannot be
631represented in the ranges available in the standard event header. They are also
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633collected: the flag corresponding to the missing field within the missing_fields
634array is then set to 1.
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636Types uintX_t represent an X-bit unsigned integer.
637
638
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641 - Aligned on 32-bit (or 8-bit if byte-packed, depending on the architecture
642 preference).
5ba9f198 643 - Native architecture byte ordering.
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645 - Fixed size: 32 bits.
646 - For "extended" selection
647 - Size depends on the architecture and variant alignment.
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80fd2569 649struct event_header_1 {
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651 * id: range: 0 - 30.
652 * id 31 is reserved to indicate an extended header.
653 */
654 enum <uint5_t> { compact = 0 ... 30, extended = 31 } id;
655 variant <id> {
656 struct {
657 uint27_t timestamp;
658 } compact;
659 struct {
660 uint32_t id; /* 32-bit event IDs */
661 uint64_t timestamp; /* 64-bit timestamps */
662 } extended;
663 } v;
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665
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fdf2bb05 6676.1.2 Type 2 - Many event IDs
5ba9f198 668
fcba70d4 669 - Aligned on 16-bit (or 8-bit if byte-packed, depending on the architecture
5ba9f198 670 preference).
5ba9f198 671 - Native architecture byte ordering.
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673 - Size depends on the architecture and variant alignment.
674 - For "extended" selection
675 - Size depends on the architecture and variant alignment.
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679 * id: range: 0 - 65534.
680 * id 65535 is reserved to indicate an extended header.
681 */
682 enum <uint16_t> { compact = 0 ... 65534, extended = 65535 } id;
683 variant <id> {
684 struct {
685 uint32_t timestamp;
686 } compact;
687 struct {
688 uint32_t id; /* 32-bit event IDs */
689 uint64_t timestamp; /* 64-bit timestamps */
690 } extended;
691 } v;
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693
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6956.2 Event Context
696
697The event context contains information relative to the current event. The choice
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699"event" information. The "stream" context is applied to all events within the
700stream. The "stream" context structure follows the event header. The "event"
701context is applied to specific events. Its structure follows the "stream"
702context stucture.
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705each event, or to save the current PID with each event. These are declared
706within the stream declaration within the metadata:
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709 ...
710 event {
711 ...
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714 uint16_t payload_size;
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717 };
718
719An example of event-specific event context is to declare a bitmap of missing
720fields, only appended after the stream event context if the extended event
721header is selected. NR_FIELDS is the number of fields within the event (a
722numeric value).
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725 context = struct {
726 variant <id> {
727 struct { } compact;
728 struct {
729 uint1_t missing_fields[NR_FIELDS]; /* missing event fields bitmap */
730 } extended;
731 } v;
732 };
733 ...
734 }
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7366.3 Event Payload
737
738An event payload contains fields specific to a given event type. The fields
739belonging to an event type are described in the event-specific metadata
740within a structure type.
741
7426.3.1 Padding
743
744No padding at the end of the event payload. This differs from the ISO/C standard
745for structures, but follows the CTF standard for structures. In a trace, even
746though it makes sense to align the beginning of a structure, it really makes no
747sense to add padding at the end of the structure, because structures are usually
748not followed by a structure of the same type.
749
750This trick can be done by adding a zero-length "end" field at the end of the C
751structures, and by using the offset of this field rather than using sizeof()
3bf79539 752when calculating the size of a structure (see Appendix "A. Helper macros").
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7546.3.2 Alignment
755
756The event payload is aligned on the largest alignment required by types
757contained within the payload. (This follows the ISO/C standard for structures)
758
759
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761
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763It is made of "event packets", which each start with an event packet
764header. The event type within the metadata stream have no event header
765nor event context. Each event only contains a null-terminated "string"
766payload, which is a metadata description entry. The events are packed
767one next to another. Each event packet start with an event packet
768header, which contains, amongst other fields, the magic number and trace
769UUID. In the event packet header, the trace UUID is represented as an
770array of bytes. Within the string-based metadata description, the trace
771UUID is represented as a string of hexadecimal digits and dashes "-".
772
773The metadata can be parsed by reading through the metadata strings,
774skipping null-characters. Type names are made of a single identifier,
775and can be surrounded by prefix/postfix. Text contained within "/*" and
776"*/", as well as within "//" and end of line, are treated as comments.
777Boolean values can be represented as true, TRUE, or 1 for true, and
778false, FALSE, or 0 for false.
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7817.1 Declaration vs Definition
782
783A declaration associates a layout to a type, without specifying where
784this type is located in the event structure hierarchy (see Section 6).
785This therefore includes typedef, typealias, as well as all type
786specifiers. In certain circumstances (typedef, structure field and
787variant field), a declaration is followed by a declarator, which specify
788the newly defined type name (for typedef), or the field name (for
789declarations located within structure and variants). Array and sequence,
790declared with square brackets ("[" "]"), are part of the declarator,
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792(both specified with "<" ">") are part of the type specifier.
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794A definition associates a type to a location in the event structure
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796in Section 7.3.
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7997.2 Metadata Scopes
800
801CTF metadata uses two different types of scoping: a lexical scope is
802used for declarations and type definitions, and a dynamic scope is used
803for variants references to tag fields.
804
8057.2.1 Lexical Scope
806
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808nestable declaration scope, within which types can be declared using "typedef"
fdf2bb05 809and "typealias". A root declaration scope also contains all declarations
7d9d7e92 810located outside of any of the aforementioned declarations. An inner
fdf2bb05 811declaration scope can refer to type declared within its container
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813typedef or typealias is not valid, although hiding an upper scope
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815
8167.2.2 Dynamic Scope
817
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819implicit event structure definition hierarchy presented at Section 6.
820The dynamic scope is only used for variant tag definitions. It is used
821at definition time to look up the location of the tag field associated
822with a variant.
823
824Therefore, variants in lower levels in the dynamic scope (e.g. event
825context) can refer to a tag field located in upper levels (e.g. in the
826event header) by specifying, in this case, the associated tag with
827<header.field_name>. This allows, for instance, the event context to
828define a variant referring to the "id" field of the event header as
829selector.
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831The target dynamic scope must be specified explicitly when referring to
832a field outside of the local static scope. The dynamic scope prefixes
833are thus:
834
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836 - Event Header: <stream.event.header. >,
837 - Stream Event Context: <stream.event.context. >,
838 - Event Context: <event.context. >,
839 - Event Payload: <event.fields. >.
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841Multiple declarations of the same field name within a single scope is
842not valid. It is however valid to re-use the same field name in
843different scopes. There is no possible conflict, because the dynamic
844scope must be specified when a variant refers to a tag field located in
845a different dynamic scope.
846
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848current tracing context. At trace production, information about the
849current context is saved into the specified scope field levels. At trace
850consumption, for each event, the current trace context is therefore
851readable by accessing the upper dynamic scopes.
852
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fcba70d4 856The grammar representing the CTF metadata is presented in
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858reading that consists in examples of CTF metadata, with template values:
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860trace {
fdf2bb05 861 major = value; /* Trace format version */
5ba9f198 862 minor = value;
fdf2bb05 863 uuid = "aaaaaaaa-aaaa-aaaa-aaaa-aaaaaaaaaaaa"; /* Trace UUID */
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865};
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868 id = stream_id;
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871 event.context := struct {
77a98c82 872 ...
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4fa992a5 874 packet.context := struct {
77a98c82 875 ...
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877};
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879event {
3d13ef1a 880 name = event_name;
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882 stream = stream_id;
4fa992a5 883 context := struct {
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885 };
4fa992a5 886 fields := struct {
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888 };
3bf79539 889};
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891/* More detail on types in section 4. Types */
892
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894 * Named types:
895 *
4fa992a5 896 * Type declarations behave similarly to the C standard.
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898
80af8ac6 899typedef aliased_type_specifiers new_type_declarators;
2152348f 900
3d13ef1a 901/* e.g.: typedef struct example new_type_name[10]; */
80fd2569 902
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904 * typealias
905 *
906 * The "typealias" declaration can be used to give a name (including
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908 * map basic C types (float, int, unsigned long, ...) to a CTF type.
909 * Typealias is a superset of "typedef": it also allows assignment of a
910 * simple variable identifier to a type. The keyword "typename" is
911 * reserved to separate the aliased type from the newly declared alias
912 * name.
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914
915typealias type_class {
80fd2569 916 ...
80af8ac6 917} typename type_specifiers type_declarator;
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920 * e.g.:
4fa992a5 921 * typealias integer {
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923 * align = 32;
924 * signed = false;
80af8ac6 925 * } typename struct page *;
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927 * typealias integer {
928 * size = 32;
929 * align = 32;
930 * signed = true;
80af8ac6 931 * } typename int;
3d13ef1a 932 */
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934struct name {
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936};
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939 ...
940};
941
f4208287 942enum name <integer_type> {
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944};
945
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948 * Unnamed types, contained within compound type fields, typedef or typealias.
949 */
2152348f 950
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952 ...
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956 ...
957}
958
f4208287 959enum <integer_type> {
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962
963typedef type new_type[length];
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966 type field_name[length];
967}
968
969typedef type new_type[length_type];
970
971struct {
972 type field_name[length_type];
973}
974
975integer {
80fd2569 976 ...
2152348f 977}
3bf79539 978
2152348f 979floating_point {
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982
983struct {
984 integer_type field_name:size; /* GNU/C bitfield */
985}
986
987struct {
988 string field_name;
989}
3bf79539 990
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3bf79539 992A. Helper macros
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994The two following macros keep track of the size of a GNU/C structure without
995padding at the end by placing HEADER_END as the last field. A one byte end field
996is used for C90 compatibility (C99 flexible arrays could be used here). Note
997that this does not affect the effective structure size, which should always be
998calculated with the header_sizeof() helper.
999
1000#define HEADER_END char end_field
1001#define header_sizeof(type) offsetof(typeof(type), end_field)
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1003
1004B. Stream Header Rationale
1005
1006An event stream is divided in contiguous event packets of variable size. These
1007subdivisions allow the trace analyzer to perform a fast binary search by time
1008within the stream (typically requiring to index only the event packet headers)
1009without reading the whole stream. These subdivisions have a variable size to
1010eliminate the need to transfer the event packet padding when partially filled
1011event packets must be sent when streaming a trace for live viewing/analysis.
1012An event packet can contain a certain amount of padding at the end. Dividing
1013streams into event packets is also useful for network streaming over UDP and
1014flight recorder mode tracing (a whole event packet can be swapped out of the
1015buffer atomically for reading).
1016
1017The stream header is repeated at the beginning of each event packet to allow
1018flexibility in terms of:
1019
1020 - streaming support,
1021 - allowing arbitrary buffers to be discarded without making the trace
1022 unreadable,
1023 - allow UDP packet loss handling by either dealing with missing event packet
1024 or asking for re-transmission.
1025 - transparently support flight recorder mode,
1026 - transparently support crash dump.
1027
1028The event stream header will therefore be referred to as the "event packet
1029header" throughout the rest of this document.
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1031C. CTF Metadata Grammar
1032
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1034 * Common Trace Format (CTF) Metadata Grammar.
1035 *
1036 * Inspired from the C99 grammar:
1037 * http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg14/www/docs/n1124.pdf (Annex A)
1038 *
1039 * Specialized for CTF needs by including only constant and declarations from
1040 * C99 (excluding function declarations), and by adding support for variants,
1041 * sequences and CTF-specific specifiers.
1042 */
1043
10441) Lexical grammar
1045
10461.1) Lexical elements
1047
1048token:
1049 keyword
1050 identifier
1051 constant
1052 string-literal
1053 punctuator
1054
10551.2) Keywords
1056
1057keyword: is one of
1058
1059const
1060char
1061double
1062enum
1063event
1064floating_point
1065float
1066integer
1067int
1068long
1069short
1070signed
1071stream
1072string
1073struct
1074trace
3e1e1a78 1075typealias
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1079variant
1080void
1081_Bool
1082_Complex
1083_Imaginary
1084
1085
10861.3) Identifiers
1087
1088identifier:
1089 identifier-nondigit
1090 identifier identifier-nondigit
1091 identifier digit
1092
1093identifier-nondigit:
1094 nondigit
1095 universal-character-name
1096 any other implementation-defined characters
1097
1098nondigit:
1099 _
1100 [a-zA-Z] /* regular expression */
1101
1102digit:
1103 [0-9] /* regular expression */
1104
11051.4) Universal character names
1106
1107universal-character-name:
1108 \u hex-quad
1109 \U hex-quad hex-quad
1110
1111hex-quad:
1112 hexadecimal-digit hexadecimal-digit hexadecimal-digit hexadecimal-digit
1113
11141.5) Constants
1115
1116constant:
1117 integer-constant
1118 enumeration-constant
1119 character-constant
1120
1121integer-constant:
1122 decimal-constant integer-suffix-opt
1123 octal-constant integer-suffix-opt
1124 hexadecimal-constant integer-suffix-opt
1125
1126decimal-constant:
1127 nonzero-digit
1128 decimal-constant digit
1129
1130octal-constant:
1131 0
1132 octal-constant octal-digit
1133
1134hexadecimal-constant:
1135 hexadecimal-prefix hexadecimal-digit
1136 hexadecimal-constant hexadecimal-digit
1137
1138hexadecimal-prefix:
1139 0x
1140 0X
1141
1142nonzero-digit:
1143 [1-9]
1144
1145integer-suffix:
1146 unsigned-suffix long-suffix-opt
1147 unsigned-suffix long-long-suffix
1148 long-suffix unsigned-suffix-opt
1149 long-long-suffix unsigned-suffix-opt
1150
1151unsigned-suffix:
1152 u
1153 U
1154
1155long-suffix:
1156 l
1157 L
1158
1159long-long-suffix:
1160 ll
1161 LL
1162
1163digit-sequence:
1164 digit
1165 digit-sequence digit
1166
1167hexadecimal-digit-sequence:
1168 hexadecimal-digit
1169 hexadecimal-digit-sequence hexadecimal-digit
1170
1171enumeration-constant:
1172 identifier
1173 string-literal
1174
1175character-constant:
1176 ' c-char-sequence '
1177 L' c-char-sequence '
1178
1179c-char-sequence:
1180 c-char
1181 c-char-sequence c-char
1182
1183c-char:
1184 any member of source charset except single-quote ('), backslash
1185 (\), or new-line character.
1186 escape-sequence
1187
1188escape-sequence:
1189 simple-escape-sequence
1190 octal-escape-sequence
1191 hexadecimal-escape-sequence
1192 universal-character-name
1193
1194simple-escape-sequence: one of
1195 \' \" \? \\ \a \b \f \n \r \t \v
1196
1197octal-escape-sequence:
1198 \ octal-digit
1199 \ octal-digit octal-digit
1200 \ octal-digit octal-digit octal-digit
1201
1202hexadecimal-escape-sequence:
1203 \x hexadecimal-digit
1204 hexadecimal-escape-sequence hexadecimal-digit
1205
12061.6) String literals
1207
1208string-literal:
1209 " s-char-sequence-opt "
1210 L" s-char-sequence-opt "
1211
1212s-char-sequence:
1213 s-char
1214 s-char-sequence s-char
1215
1216s-char:
1217 any member of source charset except double-quote ("), backslash
1218 (\), or new-line character.
1219 escape-sequence
1220
12211.7) Punctuators
1222
1223punctuator: one of
1224 [ ] ( ) { } . -> * + - < > : ; ... = ,
1225
1226
12272) Phrase structure grammar
1228
1229primary-expression:
1230 identifier
1231 constant
1232 string-literal
1233 ( unary-expression )
1234
1235postfix-expression:
1236 primary-expression
1237 postfix-expression [ unary-expression ]
1238 postfix-expression . identifier
1239 postfix-expressoin -> identifier
1240
1241unary-expression:
1242 postfix-expression
1243 unary-operator postfix-expression
1244
1245unary-operator: one of
1246 + -
1247
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1249 =
1250
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1252 :=
1253
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1255 unary-expression
1256
1257constant-expression-range:
1258 constant-expression ... constant-expression
1259
12602.2) Declarations:
1261
1262declaration:
689e04b4 1263 declaration-specifiers declarator-list-opt ;
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1265
1266declaration-specifiers:
689e04b4 1267 storage-class-specifier declaration-specifiers-opt
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1269 type-qualifier declaration-specifiers-opt
1270
1271declarator-list:
1272 declarator
1273 declarator-list , declarator
1274
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1276 abstract-declarator
1277 abstract-declarator-list , abstract-declarator
1278
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1280 typedef
1281
1282type-specifier:
1283 void
1284 char
1285 short
1286 int
1287 long
1288 float
1289 double
1290 signed
1291 unsigned
1292 _Bool
1293 _Complex
cfdd51ec 1294 _Imaginary
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1296 variant-specifier
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1298 typedef-name
1299 ctf-type-specifier
1300
1301struct-specifier:
3b0f8e4d 1302 struct identifier-opt { struct-or-variant-declaration-list-opt }
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1304
1305struct-or-variant-declaration-list:
1306 struct-or-variant-declaration
1307 struct-or-variant-declaration-list struct-or-variant-declaration
1308
1309struct-or-variant-declaration:
1310 specifier-qualifier-list struct-or-variant-declarator-list ;
550aca33 1311 declaration-specifiers storage-class-specifier declaration-specifiers declarator-list ;
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1313 typealias declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list typename declarator-list ;
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1315specifier-qualifier-list:
1316 type-specifier specifier-qualifier-list-opt
1317 type-qualifier specifier-qualifier-list-opt
1318
1319struct-or-variant-declarator-list:
1320 struct-or-variant-declarator
1321 struct-or-variant-declarator-list , struct-or-variant-declarator
1322
1323struct-or-variant-declarator:
1324 declarator
1325 declarator-opt : constant-expression
1326
1327variant-specifier:
1328 variant identifier-opt variant-tag-opt { struct-or-variant-declaration-list }
1329 variant identifier variant-tag
1330
1331variant-tag:
1332 < identifier >
1333
1334enum-specifier:
1335 enum identifier-opt { enumerator-list }
1336 enum identifier-opt { enumerator-list , }
1337 enum identifier
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1339 enum identifier-opt < declaration-specifiers > { enumerator-list , }
1340 enum identifier < declaration-specifiers >
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1342enumerator-list:
1343 enumerator
1344 enumerator-list , enumerator
1345
1346enumerator:
1347 enumeration-constant
1348 enumeration-constant = constant-expression
1349 enumeration-constant = constant-expression-range
1350
1351type-qualifier:
1352 const
1353
1354declarator:
1355 pointer-opt direct-declarator
1356
1357direct-declarator:
1358 identifier
1359 ( declarator )
1360 direct-declarator [ type-specifier ]
1361 direct-declarator [ constant-expression ]
1362
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1363abstract-declarator:
1364 pointer-opt direct-abstract-declarator
1365
1366direct-abstract-declarator:
1367 identifier-opt
1368 ( abstract-declarator )
1369 direct-abstract-declarator [ type-specifier ]
1370 direct-abstract-declarator [ constant-expression ]
1371 direct-abstract-declarator [ ]
1372
4fa992a5 1373pointer:
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1374 * type-qualifier-list-opt
1375 * type-qualifier-list-opt pointer
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1376
1377type-qualifier-list:
1378 type-qualifier
1379 type-qualifier-list type-qualifier
1380
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1381typedef-name:
1382 identifier
1383
13842.3) CTF-specific declarations
1385
1386ctf-specifier:
1387 event { ctf-assignment-expression-list-opt }
1388 stream { ctf-assignment-expression-list-opt }
1389 trace { ctf-assignment-expression-list-opt }
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1390 typealias declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list typename declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list ;
1391 typealias declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list typename declarator-list ;
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1392
1393ctf-type-specifier:
1394 floating_point { ctf-assignment-expression-list-opt }
1395 integer { ctf-assignment-expression-list-opt }
1396 string { ctf-assignment-expression-list-opt }
1397
1398ctf-assignment-expression-list:
1399 ctf-assignment-expression
1400 ctf-assignment-expression-list ; ctf-assignment-expression
1401
1402ctf-assignment-expression:
1403 unary-expression assignment-operator unary-expression
1404 unary-expression type-assignment-operator type-specifier
550aca33 1405 declaration-specifiers storage-class-specifier declaration-specifiers declarator-list
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1406 typealias declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list typename declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list
1407 typealias declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list typename declarator-list
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