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1# Common Trace Format (CTF) Specification (v1.8.2)
2
3**Author**: Mathieu Desnoyers, [EfficiOS Inc.](http://www.efficios.com/)
4
5The goal of the present document is to specify a trace format that suits
6the needs of the embedded, telecom, high-performance and kernel
7communities. It is based on the
8[Common Trace Format Requirements (v1.4)](http://git.efficios.com/?p=ctf.git;a=blob_plain;f=common-trace-format-reqs.txt;hb=master)
9document. It is designed to allow traces to be natively generated by the
10Linux kernel, Linux user space applications written in C/C++, and
11hardware components. One major element of CTF is the Trace Stream
12Description Language (TSDL) which flexibility enables description of
13various binary trace stream layouts.
14
15The latest version of this document can be found at:
16
17 * Git: `git clone git://git.efficios.com/ctf.git`
18 * [Gitweb](http://git.efficios.com/?p=ctf.git)
19
20A reference implementation of a library to read and write this trace
21format is being implemented within the
22[Babeltrace](http://www.efficios.com/babeltrace) project, a converter
23between trace formats. The development tree is available at:
24
25 * Git: `git clone git://git.efficios.com/babeltrace.git`
26 * [Gitweb](http://git.efficios.com/?p=babeltrace.git)
27
28The [CE Workgroup](http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/celf)
29of the Linux Foundation, [Ericsson](http://www.ericsson.com/), and
30[EfficiOS](http://www.efficios.com/) have sponsored this work.
31
32**Contents**:
33
34 1. Preliminary definitions
35 2. High-level representation of a trace
36 3. Event stream
37 4. Types
38 4.1 Basic types
39 4.1.1 Type inheritance
40 4.1.2 Alignment
41 4.1.3 Byte order
42 4.1.4 Size
43 4.1.5 Integers
44 4.1.6 GNU/C bitfields
45 4.1.7 Floating point
46 4.1.8 Enumerations
47 4.2 Compound types
48 4.2.1 Structures
49 4.2.2 Variants (discriminated/tagged unions)
50 4.2.3 Arrays
51 4.2.4 Sequences
52 4.2.5 Strings
53 5. Event packet header
54 5.1 Event packet header description
55 5.2 Event packet context description
56 6. Event structure
57 6.1 Event header
58 6.1.1 Type 1: few event IDs
59 6.1.2 Type 2: many event IDs
60 6.2 Stream event context and event context
61 6.3 Event payload
62 6.3.1 Padding
63 6.3.2 Alignment
64 7. Trace Stream Description Language (TSDL)
65 7.1 Metadata
66 7.2 Declaration vs definition
67 7.3 TSDL scopes
68 7.3.1 Lexical scope
69 7.3.2 Static and dynamic scopes
70 7.4 TSDL examples
71 8. Clocks
72 A. Helper macros
73 B. Stream header rationale
74 C. TSDL Grammar
75 C.1 Lexical grammar
76 C.1.1 Lexical elements
77 C.1.2 Keywords
78 C.1.3 Identifiers
79 C.1.4 Universal character names
80 C.1.5 Constants
81 C.1.6 String literals
82 C.1.7 Punctuators
83 C.2 Phrase structure grammar
84 C.2.2 Declarations:
85 C.2.3 CTF-specific declarations
86
87
88## 1. Preliminary definitions
89
90 * **Event trace**: an ordered sequence of events.
91 * **Event stream**: an ordered sequence of events, containing a
92 subset of the trace event types.
93 * **Event packet**: a sequence of physically contiguous events within
94 an event stream.
95 * **Event**: this is the basic entry in a trace. Also known as
96 a _trace record_.
97 * An **event identifier** (ID) relates to the class (a type) of
98 event within an event stream, e.g. event `irq_entry`.
99 * An **event** (or event record) relates to a specific instance of
100 an event class, e.g. event `irq_entry`, at time _X_, on CPU _Y_.
101 * Source architecture: architecture writing the trace.
102 * Reader architecture: architecture reading the trace.
103
104
105## 2. High-level representation of a trace
106
107A _trace_ is divided into multiple event streams. Each event stream
108contains a subset of the trace event types.
109
110The final output of the trace, after its generation and optional
111transport over the network, is expected to be either on permanent or
112temporary storage in a virtual file system. Because each event stream
113is appended to while a trace is being recorded, each is associated with
114a distinct set of files for output. Therefore, a stored trace can be
115represented as a directory containing zero, one or more files
116per stream.
117
118Metadata description associated with the trace contains information on
119trace event types expressed in the _Trace Stream Description Language_
120(TSDL). This language describes:
121
122 * Trace version
123 * Types available
124 * Per-trace event header description
125 * Per-stream event header description
126 * Per-stream event context description
127 * Per-event
128 * Event type to stream mapping
129 * Event type to name mapping
130 * Event type to ID mapping
131 * Event context description
132 * Event fields description
133
134
135## 3. Event stream
136
137An _event stream_ can be divided into contiguous event packets of
138variable size. An event packet can contain a certain amount of padding
139at the end. The stream header is repeated at the beginning of each
140event packet. The rationale for the event stream design choices is
141explained in [Stream header rationale](#specB).
142
143The event stream header will therefore be referred to as the
144_event packet header_ throughout the rest of this document.
145
146
147## 4. Types
148
149Types are organized as type classes. Each type class belong to either
150of two kind of types: _basic types_ or _compound types_.
151
152
153### 4.1 Basic types
154
155A basic type is a scalar type, as described in this section. It
156includes integers, GNU/C bitfields, enumerations, and floating
157point values.
158
159
160#### 4.1.1 Type inheritance
161
162Type specifications can be inherited to allow deriving types from a
163type class. For example, see the uint32_t named type derived from the
164[_integer_ type](#spec4.1.5) class. Types have a precise binary
165representation in the trace. A type class has methods to read and write
166these types, but must be derived into a type to be usable in an event
167field.
168
169
170#### 4.1.2 Alignment
171
172We define _byte-packed_ types as aligned on the byte size, namely 8-bit.
173We define _bit-packed_ types as following on the next bit, as defined
174by the [Integers](#spec4.1.5) section.
175
176Each basic type must specify its alignment, in bits. Examples of
177possible alignments are: bit-packed (`align = 1`), byte-packed
178(`align = 8`), or word-aligned (e.g. `align = 32` or `align = 64`).
179The choice depends on the architecture preference and compactness vs
180performance trade-offs of the implementation. Architectures providing
181fast unaligned write byte-packed basic types to save space, aligning
182each type on byte boundaries (8-bit). Architectures with slow unaligned
183writes align types on specific alignment values. If no specific
184alignment is declared for a type, it is assumed to be bit-packed for
185integers with size not multiple of 8 bits and for gcc bitfields. All
186other basic types are byte-packed by default. It is however recommended
187to always specify the alignment explicitly. Alignment values must be
188power of two. Compound types are aligned as specified in their
189individual specification.
190
191The base offset used for field alignment is the start of the packet
192containing the field. For instance, a field aligned on 32-bit needs to
193be at an offset multiple of 32-bit from the start of the packet that
194contains it.
195
196TSDL metadata attribute representation of a specific alignment:
197
198~~~ tsdl
199align = /* value in bits */;
200~~~
201
202#### 4.1.3 Byte order
203
204By default, byte order of a basic type is the byte order described in
205the trace description. It can be overridden by specifying a
206`byte_order` attribute for a basic type. Typical use-case is to specify
207the network byte order (big endian: `be`) to save data captured from
208the network into the trace without conversion.
209
210TSDL metadata representation:
211
212~~~ tsdl
213/* network and be are aliases */
214byte_order = /* native OR network OR be OR le */;
215~~~
216
217The `native` keyword selects the byte order described in the trace
218description. The `network` byte order is an alias for big endian.
219
220Even though the trace description section is not per se a type, for
221sake of clarity, it should be noted that `native` and `network` byte
222orders are only allowed within type declaration. The `byte_order`
223specified in the trace description section only accepts `be` or `le`
224values.
225
226
227#### 4.1.4 Size
228
229Type size, in bits, for integers and floats is that returned by
230`sizeof()` in C multiplied by `CHAR_BIT`. We require the size of `char`
231and `unsigned char` types (`CHAR_BIT`) to be fixed to 8 bits for
232cross-endianness compatibility.
233
234TSDL metadata representation:
235
236~~~ tsdl
237size = /* value is in bits */;
238~~~
239
240
241#### 4.1.5 Integers
242
243Signed integers are represented in two-complement. Integer alignment,
244size, signedness and byte ordering are defined in the TSDL metadata.
245Integers aligned on byte size (8-bit) and with length multiple of byte
246size (8-bit) correspond to the C99 standard integers. In addition,
247integers with alignment and/or size that are _not_ a multiple of the
248byte size are permitted; these correspond to the C99 standard bitfields,
249with the added specification that the CTF integer bitfields have a fixed
250binary representation. Integer size needs to be a positive integer.
251Integers of size 0 are **forbidden**. An MIT-licensed reference
252implementation of the CTF portable bitfields is available
253[here](http://git.efficios.com/?p=babeltrace.git;a=blob;f=include/babeltrace/bitfield.h).
254
255Binary representation of integers:
256
257 * On little and big endian:
258 * Within a byte, high bits correspond to an integer high bits, and
259 low bits correspond to low bits
260 * On little endian:
261 * Integer across multiple bytes are placed from the less significant
262 to the most significant
263 * Consecutive integers are placed from lower bits to higher bits
264 (even within a byte)
265 * On big endian:
266 * Integer across multiple bytes are placed from the most significant
267 to the less significant
268 * Consecutive integers are placed from higher bits to lower bits
269 (even within a byte)
270
271This binary representation is derived from the bitfield implementation
272in GCC for little and big endian. However, contrary to what GCC does,
273integers can cross units boundaries (no padding is required). Padding
274can be [explicitly added](#spec4.1.6) to follow the GCC layout if needed.
275
276TSDL metadata representation:
277
278~~~ tsdl
279integer {
280 signed = /* true OR false */; /* default: false */
281 byte_order = /* native OR network OR be OR le */; /* default: native */
282 size = /* value in bits */; /* no default */
283 align = /* value in bits */;
284
285 /* base used for pretty-printing output; default: decimal */
286 base = /* decimal OR dec OR d OR i OR u OR 10 OR hexadecimal OR hex
287 OR x OR X OR p OR 16 OR octal OR oct OR o OR 8 OR binary
288 OR b OR 2 */;
289
290 /* character encoding */
291 encoding = /* none or UTF8 or ASCII */; /* default: none */
292}
293~~~
294
295Example of type inheritance (creation of a `uint32_t` named type):
296
297~~~ tsdl
298typealias integer {
299 size = 32;
300 signed = false;
301 align = 32;
302} := uint32_t;
303~~~
304
305Definition of a named 5-bit signed bitfield:
306
307~~~ tsdl
308typealias integer {
309 size = 5;
310 signed = true;
311 align = 1;
312} := int5_t;
313~~~
314
315The character encoding field can be used to specify that the integer
316must be printed as a text character when read. e.g.:
317
318~~~ tsdl
319typealias integer {
320 size = 8;
321 align = 8;
322 signed = false;
323 encoding = UTF8;
324} := utf_char;
325~~~
326
327#### 4.1.6 GNU/C bitfields
328
329The GNU/C bitfields follow closely the integer representation, with a
330particularity on alignment: if a bitfield cannot fit in the current
331unit, the unit is padded and the bitfield starts at the following unit.
332The unit size is defined by the size of the type `unit_type`.
333
334TSDL metadata representation:
335
336~~~ tsdl
337unit_type name:size;
338~~~
339
340As an example, the following structure declared in C compiled by GCC:
341
342~~~ tsdl
343struct example {
344 short a:12;
345 short b:5;
346};
347~~~
348
349The example structure is aligned on the largest element (short). The
350second bitfield would be aligned on the next unit boundary, because it
351would not fit in the current unit.
352
353
354#### 4.1.7 Floating point
355
356The floating point values byte ordering is defined in the TSDL metadata.
357
358Floating point values follow the IEEE 754-2008 standard interchange
359formats. Description of the floating point values include the exponent
360and mantissa size in bits. Some requirements are imposed on the
361floating point values:
362
363* `FLT_RADIX` must be 2.
364* `mant_dig` is the number of digits represented in the mantissa. It is
365 specified by the ISO C99 standard, section 5.2.4, as `FLT_MANT_DIG`,
366 `DBL_MANT_DIG` and `LDBL_MANT_DIG` as defined by `<float.h>`.
367* `exp_dig` is the number of digits represented in the exponent. Given
368 that `mant_dig` is one bit more than its actual size in bits (leading
369 1 is not needed) and also given that the sign bit always takes one
370 bit, `exp_dig` can be specified as:
371 * `sizeof(float) * CHAR_BIT - FLT_MANT_DIG`
372 * `sizeof(double) * CHAR_BIT - DBL_MANT_DIG`
373 * `sizeof(long double) * CHAR_BIT - LDBL_MANT_DIG`
374
375TSDL metadata representation:
376
377~~~ tsdl
378floating_point {
379 exp_dig = /* value */;
380 mant_dig = /* value */;
381 byte_order = /* native OR network OR be OR le */;
382 align = /* value */;
383}
384~~~
385
386Example of type inheritance:
387
388~~~ tsdl
389typealias floating_point {
390 exp_dig = 8; /* sizeof(float) * CHAR_BIT - FLT_MANT_DIG */
391 mant_dig = 24; /* FLT_MANT_DIG */
392 byte_order = native;
393 align = 32;
394} := float;
395~~~
396
397TODO: define NaN, +inf, -inf behavior.
398
399Bit-packed, byte-packed or larger alignments can be used for floating
400point values, similarly to integers.
401
402
403#### 4.1.8 Enumerations
404
405Enumerations are a mapping between an integer type and a table of
406strings. The numerical representation of the enumeration follows the
407integer type specified by the metadata. The enumeration mapping table
408is detailed in the enumeration description within the metadata. The
409mapping table maps inclusive value ranges (or single values) to strings.
410Instead of being limited to simple `value -> string` mappings, these
411enumerations map `[ start_value ... end_value ] -> string`, which map
412inclusive ranges of values to strings. An enumeration from the C
413language can be represented in this format by having the same
414`start_value` and `end_value` for each mapping, which is in fact a
415range of size 1. This single-value range is supported without repeating
416the start and end values with the `value = string` declaration.
417Enumerations need to contain at least one entry.
418
419~~~ tsdl
420enum name : integer_type {
421 somestring = /* start_value1 */ ... /* end_value1 */,
422 "other string" = /* start_value2 */ ... /* end_value2 */,
423 yet_another_string, /* will be assigned to end_value2 + 1 */
424 "some other string" = /* value */,
425 /* ... */
426}
427~~~
428
429If the values are omitted, the enumeration starts at 0 and increment
430of 1 for each entry. An entry with omitted value that follows a range
431entry takes as value the `end_value` of the previous range + 1:
432
433~~~ tsdl
434enum name : unsigned int {
435 ZERO,
436 ONE,
437 TWO,
438 TEN = 10,
439 ELEVEN,
440}
441~~~
442
443Overlapping ranges within a single enumeration are implementation
444defined.
445
446A nameless enumeration can be declared as a field type or as part of
447a `typedef`:
448
449~~~ tsdl
450enum : integer_type {
451 /* ... */
452}
453~~~
454
455Enumerations omitting the container type `: integer_type` use the `int`
456type (for compatibility with C99). The `int` type _must be_ previously
457declared, e.g.:
458
459~~~ tsdl
460typealias integer { size = 32; align = 32; signed = true; } := int;
461
462enum {
463 /* ... */
464}
465~~~
466
467### 4.2 Compound types
468
469Compound are aggregation of type declarations. Compound types include
470structures, variant, arrays, sequences, and strings.
471
472
473#### 4.2.1 Structures
474
475Structures are aligned on the largest alignment required by basic types
476contained within the structure. (This follows the ISO/C standard for
477structures)
478
479TSDL metadata representation of a named structure:
480
481~~~ tsdl
482struct name {
483 field_type field_name;
484 field_type field_name;
485 /* ... */
486};
487~~~
488
489Example:
490
491~~~ tsdl
492struct example {
493 integer { /* nameless type */
494 size = 16;
495 signed = true;
496 align = 16;
497 } first_field_name;
498 uint64_t second_field_name; /* named type declared in the metadata */
499};
500~~~
501
502The fields are placed in a sequence next to each other. They each
503possess a field name, which is a unique identifier within the structure.
504The identifier is not allowed to use any [reserved keyword](#specC.1.2).
505Replacing reserved keywords with underscore-prefixed field names is
506**recommended**. Fields starting with an underscore should have their
507leading underscore removed by the CTF trace readers.
508
509A nameless structure can be declared as a field type or as part of
510a `typedef`:
511
512~~~ tsdl
513struct {
514 /* ... */
515}
516~~~
517
518Alignment for a structure compound type can be forced to a minimum
519value by adding an `align` specifier after the declaration of a
520structure body. This attribute is read as: `align(value)`. The value is
521specified in bits. The structure will be aligned on the maximum value
522between this attribute and the alignment required by the basic types
523contained within the structure. e.g.
524
525~~~ tsdl
526struct {
527 /* ... */
528} align(32)
529~~~
530
531#### 4.2.2 Variants (discriminated/tagged unions)
532
533A CTF variant is a selection between different types. A CTF variant must
534always be defined within the scope of a structure or within fields
535contained within a structure (defined recursively). A _tag_ enumeration
536field must appear in either the same static scope, prior to the variant
537field (in field declaration order), in an upper static scope, or in an
538upper dynamic scope (see [Static and dynamic scopes](#spec7.3.2)).
539The type selection is indicated by the mapping from the enumeration
540value to the string used as variant type selector. The field to use as
541tag is specified by the `tag_field`, specified between `< >` after the
542`variant` keyword for unnamed variants, and after _variant name_ for
543named variants. It is not required that each enumeration mapping appears
544as variant type tag field. It is also not required that each variant
545type tag appears as enumeration mapping. However, it is required that
546any enumeration mapping encountered within a stream has a matching
547variant type tag field.
548
549The alignment of the variant is the alignment of the type as selected
550by the tag value for the specific instance of the variant. The size of
551the variant is the size as selected by the tag value for the specific
552instance of the variant.
553
554The alignment of the type containing the variant is independent of the
555variant alignment. For instance, if a structure contains two fields, a
55632-bit integer, aligned on 32 bits, and a variant, which contains two
557choices: either a 32-bit field, aligned on 32 bits, or a 64-bit field,
558aligned on 64 bits, the alignment of the outmost structure will be
55932-bit (the alignment of its largest field, disregarding the alignment
560of the variant). The alignment of the variant will depend on the
561selector: if the variant's 32-bit field is selected, its alignment will
562be 32-bit, or 64-bit otherwise. It is important to note that variants
563are specifically tailored for compactness in a stream. Therefore, the
564relative offsets of compound type fields can vary depending on the
565offset at which the compound type starts if it contains a variant
566that itself contains a type with alignment larger than the largest field
567contained within the compound type. This is caused by the fact that the
568compound type may contain the enumeration that select the variant's
569choice, and therefore the alignment to be applied to the compound type
570cannot be determined before encountering the enumeration.
571
572Each variant type selector possess a field name, which is a unique
573identifier within the variant. The identifier is not allowed to use any
574[reserved keyword](#C.1.2). Replacing reserved keywords with
575underscore-prefixed field names is recommended. Fields starting with an
576underscore should have their leading underscore removed by the CTF trace
577readers.
578
579A named variant declaration followed by its definition within a
580structure declaration:
581
582~~~ tsdl
583variant name {
584 field_type sel1;
585 field_type sel2;
586 field_type sel3;
587 /* ... */
588};
589
590struct {
591 enum : integer_type { sel1, sel2, sel3, /* ... */ } tag_field;
592 /* ... */
593 variant name <tag_field> v;
594}
595~~~
596
597An unnamed variant definition within a structure is expressed by the
598following TSDL metadata:
599
600~~~ tsdl
601struct {
602 enum : integer_type { sel1, sel2, sel3, /* ... */ } tag_field;
603 /* ... */
604 variant <tag_field> {
605 field_type sel1;
606 field_type sel2;
607 field_type sel3;
608 /* ... */
609 } v;
610}
611~~~
612
613Example of a named variant within a sequence that refers to a single
614tag field:
615
616~~~ tsdl
617variant example {
618 uint32_t a;
619 uint64_t b;
620 short c;
621};
622
623struct {
624 enum : uint2_t { a, b, c } choice;
625 unsigned int seqlen;
626 variant example <choice> v[seqlen];
627}
628~~~
629
630Example of an unnamed variant:
631
632~~~ tsdl
633struct {
634 enum : uint2_t { a, b, c, d } choice;
635
636 /* Unrelated fields can be added between the variant and its tag */
637 int32_t somevalue;
638 variant <choice> {
639 uint32_t a;
640 uint64_t b;
641 short c;
642 struct {
643 unsigned int field1;
644 uint64_t field2;
645 } d;
646 } s;
647}
648~~~
649
650Example of an unnamed variant within an array:
651
652~~~ tsdl
653struct {
654 enum : uint2_t { a, b, c } choice;
655 variant <choice> {
656 uint32_t a;
657 uint64_t b;
658 short c;
659 } v[10];
660}
661~~~
662
663Example of a variant type definition within a structure, where the
664defined type is then declared within an array of structures. This
665variant refers to a tag located in an upper static scope. This example
666clearly shows that a variant type definition referring to the tag `x`
667uses the closest preceding field from the static scope of the type
668definition.
669
670~~~ tsdl
671struct {
672 enum : uint2_t { a, b, c, d } x;
673
674 /*
675 * "x" refers to the preceding "x" enumeration in the
676 * static scope of the type definition.
677 */
678 typedef variant <x> {
679 uint32_t a;
680 uint64_t b;
681 short c;
682 } example_variant;
683
684 struct {
685 enum : int { x, y, z } x; /* This enumeration is not used by "v". */
686
687 /* "v" uses the "enum : uint2_t { a, b, c, d }" tag. */
688 example_variant v;
689 } a[10];
690}
691~~~
692
693
694#### 4.2.3 Arrays
695
696Arrays are fixed-length. Their length is declared in the type
697declaration within the metadata. They contain an array of _inner type_
698elements, which can refer to any type not containing the type of the
699array being declared (no circular dependency). The length is the number
700of elements in an array.
701
702TSDL metadata representation of a named array:
703
704~~~ tsdl
705typedef elem_type name[/* length */];
706~~~
707
708A nameless array can be declared as a field type within a
709structure, e.g.:
710
711~~~ tsdl
712uint8_t field_name[10];
713~~~
714
715Arrays are always aligned on their element alignment requirement.
716
717
718#### 4.2.4 Sequences
719
720Sequences are dynamically-sized arrays. They refer to a _length_
721unsigned integer field, which must appear in either the same static
722scope, prior to the sequence field (in field declaration order),
723in an upper static scope, or in an upper dynamic scope
724(see [Static and dynamic scopes](#spec7.3.2)). This length field represents
725the number of elements in the sequence. The sequence per se is an
726array of _inner type_ elements.
727
728TSDL metadata representation for a sequence type definition:
729
730~~~ tsdl
731struct {
732 unsigned int length_field;
733 typedef elem_type typename[length_field];
734 typename seq_field_name;
735}
736~~~
737
738A sequence can also be declared as a field type, e.g.:
739
740~~~ tsdl
741struct {
742 unsigned int length_field;
743 long seq_field_name[length_field];
744}
745~~~
746
747Multiple sequences can refer to the same length field, and these length
748fields can be in a different upper dynamic scope, e.g., assuming the
749`stream.event.header` defines:
750
751~~~ tsdl
752stream {
753 /* ... */
754 id = 1;
755 event.header := struct {
756 uint16_t seq_len;
757 };
758};
759
760event {
761 /* ... */
762 stream_id = 1;
763 fields := struct {
764 long seq_a[stream.event.header.seq_len];
765 char seq_b[stream.event.header.seq_len];
766 };
767};
768~~~
769
770The sequence elements follow the [array](#spec4.2.3) specifications.
771
772
773#### 4.2.5 Strings
774
775Strings are an array of _bytes_ of variable size and are terminated by
776a `'\0'` "NULL" character. Their encoding is described in the TSDL
777metadata. In absence of encoding attribute information, the default
778encoding is UTF-8.
779
780TSDL metadata representation of a named string type:
781
782~~~ tsdl
783typealias string {
784 encoding = /* UTF8 OR ASCII */;
785} := name;
786~~~
787
788A nameless string type can be declared as a field type:
789
790~~~ tsdl
791string field_name; /* use default UTF8 encoding */
792~~~
793
794Strings are always aligned on byte size.
795
796
797## 5. Event packet header
798
799The event packet header consists of two parts: the
800_event packet header_ is the same for all streams of a trace. The
801second part, the _event packet context_, is described on a per-stream
802basis. Both are described in the TSDL metadata.
803
804Event packet header (all fields are optional, specified by
805TSDL metadata):
806
807 * **Magic number** (CTF magic number: 0xC1FC1FC1) specifies that this is
808 a CTF packet. This magic number is optional, but when present, it
809 should come at the very beginning of the packet.
810 * **Trace UUID**, used to ensure the event packet match the metadata used.
811 Note: we cannot use a metadata checksum in every cases instead of a
812 UUID because metadata can be appended to while tracing is active.
813 This field is optional.
814 * **Stream ID**, used as reference to stream description in metadata.
815 This field is optional if there is only one stream description in
816 the metadata, but becomes required if there are more than one
817 stream in the TSDL metadata description.
818
819Event packet context (all fields are optional, specified by
820TSDL metadata):
821
822 * Event packet **content size** (in bits).
823 * Event packet **size** (in bits, includes padding).
824 * Event packet content checksum. Checksum excludes the event packet
825 header.
826 * Per-stream event **packet sequence count** (to deal with UDP packet
827 loss). The number of significant sequence counter bits should also
828 be present, so wrap-arounds are dealt with correctly.
829 * Time-stamp at the beginning and timestamp at the end of the event
830 packet. Both timestamps are written in the packet header, but
831 sampled respectively while (or before) writing the first event and
832 while (or after) writing the last event in the packet. The inclusive
833 range between these timestamps should include all event timestamps
834 assigned to events contained within the packet. The timestamp at the
835 beginning of an event packet is guaranteed to be below or equal the
836 timestamp at the end of that event packet. The timestamp at the end
837 of an event packet is guaranteed to be below or equal the
838 timestamps at the end of any following packet within the same stream.
839 See [Clocks](#spec8) for more detail.
840 * **Events discarded count**. Snapshot of a per-stream
841 free-running counter, counting the number of events discarded that
842 were supposed to be written in the stream after the last event in
843 the event packet. Note: producer-consumer buffer full condition can
844 fill the current event packet with padding so we know exactly where
845 events have been discarded. However, if the buffer full condition
846 chooses not to fill the current event packet with padding, all we
847 know about the timestamp range in which the events have been
848 discarded is that it is somewhere between the beginning and the end
849 of the packet.
850 * Lossless **compression scheme** used for the event packet content.
851 Applied directly to raw data. New types of compression can be added
852 in following versions of the format.
853 * 0: no compression scheme
854 * 1: bzip2
855 * 2: gzip
856 * 3: xz
857 * **Cypher** used for the event packet content. Applied after
858 compression.
859 * 0: no encryption
860 * 1: AES
861 * **Checksum scheme** used for the event packet content. Applied after
862 encryption.
863 * 0: no checksum
864 * 1: md5
865 * 2: sha1
866 * 3: crc32
867
868
869### 5.1 Event packet header description
870
871The event packet header layout is indicated by the
872`trace.packet.header` field. Here is a recommended structure type for
873the packet header with the fields typically expected (although these
874fields are each optional):
875
876~~~ tsdl
877struct event_packet_header {
878 uint32_t magic;
879 uint8_t uuid[16];
880 uint32_t stream_id;
881};
882
883trace {
884 /* ... */
885 packet.header := struct event_packet_header;
886};
887~~~
888
889If the magic number is not present, tools such as `file` will have no
890mean to discover the file type.
891
892If the uuid is not present, no validation that the metadata actually
893corresponds to the stream is performed.
894
895If the stream_id packet header field is missing, the trace can only
896contain a single stream. Its `id` field can be left out, and its events
897don't need to declare a `stream_id` field.
898
899
900### 5.2 Event packet context description
901
902Event packet context example. These are declared within the stream
903declaration in the metadata. All these fields are optional. If the
904packet size field is missing, the whole stream only contains a single
905packet. If the content size field is missing, the packet is filled
906(no padding). The content and packet sizes include all headers.
907
908An example event packet context type:
909
910~~~ tsdl
911struct event_packet_context {
912 uint64_t timestamp_begin;
913 uint64_t timestamp_end;
914 uint32_t checksum;
915 uint32_t stream_packet_count;
916 uint32_t events_discarded;
917 uint32_t cpu_id;
918 uint64_t content_size;
919 uint64_t packet_size;
920 uint8_t compression_scheme;
921 uint8_t encryption_scheme;
922 uint8_t checksum_scheme;
923};
924~~~
925
926
927## 6. Event Structure
928
929The overall structure of an event is:
930
931 1. Event header (as specified by the stream metadata)
932 2. Stream event context (as specified by the stream metadata)
933 3. Event context (as specified by the event metadata)
934 4. Event payload (as specified by the event metadata)
935
936This structure defines an implicit dynamic scoping, where variants
937located in inner structures (those with a higher number in the listing
938above) can refer to the fields of outer structures (with lower number
939in the listing above). See [TSDL scopes](#spec7.3) for more detail.
940
941The total length of an event is defined as the difference between the
942end of its event payload and the end of the previous event's event
943payload. Therefore, it includes the event header alignment padding, and
944all its fields and their respective alignment padding. Events of length
9450 are forbidden.
946
947
948### 6.1 Event header
949
950Event headers can be described within the metadata. We hereby propose,
951as an example, two types of events headers. Type 1 accommodates streams
952with less than 31 event IDs. Type 2 accommodates streams with 31 or
953more event IDs.
954
955One major factor can vary between streams: the number of event IDs
956assigned to a stream. Luckily, this information tends to stay
957relatively constant (modulo event registration while trace is being
958recorded), so we can specify different representations for streams
959containing few event IDs and streams containing many event IDs, so we
960end up representing the event ID and timestamp as densely as possible
961in each case.
962
963The header is extended in the rare occasions where the information
964cannot be represented in the ranges available in the standard event
965header. They are also used in the rare occasions where the data
966required for a field could not be collected: the flag corresponding to
967the missing field within the `missing_fields` array is then set to 1.
968
969Types `uintX_t` represent an `X`-bit unsigned integer, as declared with
970either:
971
972~~~ tsdl
973typealias integer {
974 size = /* X */;
975 align = /* X */;
976 signed = false;
977} := uintX_t;
978~~~
979
980or
981
982~~~ tsdl
983typealias integer {
984 size = /* X */;
985 align = 1;
986 signed = false;
987} := uintX_t;
988~~~
989
990For more information about timestamp fields, see [Clocks](#spec8).
991
992
993#### 6.1.1 Type 1: few event IDs
994
995 * Aligned on 32-bit (or 8-bit if byte-packed, depending on the
996 architecture preference)
997 * Native architecture byte ordering
998 * For `compact` selection, fixed size of 32 bits
999 * For "extended" selection, size depends on the architecture and
1000 variant alignment
1001
1002~~~ tsdl
1003struct event_header_1 {
1004 /*
1005 * id: range: 0 - 30.
1006 * id 31 is reserved to indicate an extended header.
1007 */
1008 enum : uint5_t { compact = 0 ... 30, extended = 31 } id;
1009 variant <id> {
1010 struct {
1011 uint27_t timestamp;
1012 } compact;
1013 struct {
1014 uint32_t id; /* 32-bit event IDs */
1015 uint64_t timestamp; /* 64-bit timestamps */
1016 } extended;
1017 } v;
1018} align(32); /* or align(8) */
1019~~~
1020
1021
1022#### 6.1.2 Type 2: many event IDs
1023
1024 * Aligned on 16-bit (or 8-bit if byte-packed, depending on the
1025 architecture preference)
1026 * Native architecture byte ordering
1027 * For `compact` selection, size depends on the architecture and
1028 variant alignment
1029 * For `extended` selection, size depends on the architecture and
1030 variant alignment
1031
1032~~~ tsdl
1033struct event_header_2 {
1034 /*
1035 * id: range: 0 - 65534.
1036 * id 65535 is reserved to indicate an extended header.
1037 */
1038 enum : uint16_t { compact = 0 ... 65534, extended = 65535 } id;
1039 variant <id> {
1040 struct {
1041 uint32_t timestamp;
1042 } compact;
1043 struct {
1044 uint32_t id; /* 32-bit event IDs */
1045 uint64_t timestamp; /* 64-bit timestamps */
1046 } extended;
1047 } v;
1048} align(16); /* or align(8) */
1049~~~
1050
1051
1052### 6.2 Stream event context and event context
1053
1054The event context contains information relative to the current event.
1055The choice and meaning of this information is specified by the TSDL
1056stream and event metadata descriptions. The stream context is applied
1057to all events within the stream. The stream context structure follows
1058the event header. The event context is applied to specific events. Its
1059structure follows the stream context structure.
1060
1061An example of stream-level event context is to save the event payload
1062size with each event, or to save the current PID with each event.
1063These are declared within the stream declaration within the metadata:
1064
1065~~~ tsdl
1066stream {
1067 /* ... */
1068 event.context := struct {
1069 uint pid;
1070 uint16_t payload_size;
1071 };
1072};
1073~~~
1074
1075An example of event-specific event context is to declare a bitmap of
1076missing fields, only appended after the stream event context if the
1077extended event header is selected. `NR_FIELDS` is the number of fields
1078within the event (a numeric value).
1079
1080~~~ tsdl
1081event {
1082 context := struct {
1083 variant <id> {
1084 struct { } compact;
1085 struct {
1086 /* missing event fields bitmap */
1087 uint1_t missing_fields[NR_FIELDS];
1088 } extended;
1089 } v;
1090 };
1091 /* ... */
1092}
1093~~~
1094
1095
1096### 6.3 Event payload
1097
1098An event payload contains fields specific to a given event type. The
1099fields belonging to an event type are described in the event-specific
1100metadata within a structure type.
1101
1102
1103#### 6.3.1 Padding
1104
1105No padding at the end of the event payload. This differs from the ISO/C
1106standard for structures, but follows the CTF standard for structures.
1107In a trace, even though it makes sense to align the beginning of a
1108structure, it really makes no sense to add padding at the end of the
1109structure, because structures are usually not followed by a structure
1110of the same type.
1111
1112This trick can be done by adding a zero-length `end` field at the end
1113of the C structures, and by using the offset of this field rather than
1114using `sizeof()` when calculating the size of a structure
1115(see [Helper macros](#specA)).
1116
1117
1118#### 6.3.2 Alignment
1119
1120The event payload is aligned on the largest alignment required by types
1121contained within the payload. This follows the ISO/C standard for
1122structures.
1123
1124
1125## 7. Trace Stream Description Language (TSDL)
1126
1127The Trace Stream Description Language (TSDL) allows expression of the
1128binary trace streams layout in a C99-like Domain Specific Language
1129(DSL).
1130
1131
1132### 7.1 Meta-data
1133
1134The trace stream layout description is located in the trace metadata.
1135The metadata is itself located in a stream identified by its name:
1136`metadata`.
1137
1138The metadata description can be expressed in two different formats:
1139text-only and packet-based. The text-only description facilitates
1140generation of metadata and provides a convenient way to enter the
1141metadata information by hand. The packet-based metadata provides the
1142CTF stream packet facilities (checksumming, compression, encryption,
1143network-readiness) for metadata stream generated and transported by a
1144tracer.
1145
1146The text-only metadata file is a plain-text TSDL description. This file
1147must begin with the following characters to identify the file as a CTF
1148TSDL text-based metadata file (without the double-quotes):
1149
1150~~~ text
1151"/* CTF"
1152~~~
1153
1154It must be followed by a space, and the version of the specification
1155followed by the CTF trace, e.g.:
1156
1157~~~ text
1158" 1.8"
1159~~~
1160
1161These characters allow automated discovery of file type and CTF
1162specification version. They are interpreted as a the beginning of a
1163comment by the TSDL metadata parser. The comment can be continued to
1164contain extra commented characters before it is closed.
1165
1166The packet-based metadata is made of _metadata packets_, which each
1167start with a metadata packet header. The packet-based metadata
1168description is detected by reading the magic number 0x75D11D57 at the
1169beginning of the file. This magic number is also used to detect the
1170endianness of the architecture by trying to read the CTF magic number
1171and its counterpart in reversed endianness. The events within the
1172metadata stream have no event header nor event context. Each event only
1173contains a special _sequence_ payload, which is a sequence of bits which
1174length is implicitly calculated by using the
1175`trace.packet.header.content_size` field, minus the packet header size.
1176The formatting of this sequence of bits is a plain-text representation
1177of the TSDL description. Each metadata packet start with a special
1178packet header, specific to the metadata stream, which contains,
1179exactly:
1180
1181~~~ tsdl
1182struct metadata_packet_header {
1183 uint32_t magic; /* 0x75D11D57 */
1184 uint8_t uuid[16]; /* Unique Universal Identifier */
1185 uint32_t checksum; /* 0 if unused */
1186 uint32_t content_size; /* in bits */
1187 uint32_t packet_size; /* in bits */
1188 uint8_t compression_scheme; /* 0 if unused */
1189 uint8_t encryption_scheme; /* 0 if unused */
1190 uint8_t checksum_scheme; /* 0 if unused */
1191 uint8_t major; /* CTF spec version major number */
1192 uint8_t minor; /* CTF spec version minor number */
1193};
1194~~~
1195
1196The packet-based metadata can be converted to a text-only metadata by
1197concatenating all the strings it contains.
1198
1199In the textual representation of the metadata, the text contained
1200within `/*` and `*/`, as well as within `//` and end of line, are
1201treated as comments. Boolean values can be represented as `true`,
1202`TRUE`, or `1` for true, and `false`, `FALSE`, or `0` for false. Within
1203the string-based metadata description, the trace UUID is represented as
1204a string of hexadecimal digits and dashes `-`. In the event packet
1205header, the trace UUID is represented as an array of bytes.
1206
1207
1208### 7.2 Declaration vs definition
1209
1210A declaration associates a layout to a type, without specifying where
1211this type is located in the event [structure hierarchy](#spec6).
1212This therefore includes `typedef`, `typealias`, as well as all type
1213specifiers. In certain circumstances (`typedef`, structure field and
1214variant field), a declaration is followed by a declarator, which specify
1215the newly defined type name (for `typedef`), or the field name (for
1216declarations located within structure and variants). Array and sequence,
1217declared with square brackets (`[` `]`), are part of the declarator,
1218similarly to C99. The enumeration base type is specified by
1219`: enum_base`, which is part of the type specifier. The variant tag
1220name, specified between `<` `>`, is also part of the type specifier.
1221
1222A definition associates a type to a location in the event
1223[structure hierarchy](#spec6). This association is denoted by `:=`,
1224as shown in [TSDL scopes](#spec7.3).
1225
1226
1227### 7.3 TSDL scopes
1228
1229TSDL uses three different types of scoping: a lexical scope is used for
1230declarations and type definitions, and static and dynamic scopes are
1231used for variants references to tag fields (with relative and absolute
1232path lookups) and for sequence references to length fields.
1233
1234
1235#### 7.3.1 Lexical Scope
1236
1237Each of `trace`, `env`, `stream`, `event`, `struct` and `variant` have
1238their own nestable declaration scope, within which types can be declared
1239using `typedef` and `typealias`. A root declaration scope also contains
1240all declarations located outside of any of the aforementioned
1241declarations. An inner declaration scope can refer to type declared
1242within its container lexical scope prior to the inner declaration scope.
1243Redefinition of a typedef or typealias is not valid, although hiding an
1244upper scope typedef or typealias is allowed within a sub-scope.
1245
1246
1247#### 7.3.2 Static and dynamic scopes
1248
1249A local static scope consists in the scope generated by the declaration
1250of fields within a compound type. A static scope is a local static scope
1251augmented with the nested sub-static-scopes it contains.
1252
1253A dynamic scope consists in the static scope augmented with the
1254implicit [event structure](#spec6) definition hierarchy.
1255
1256Multiple declarations of the same field name within a local static scope
1257is not valid. It is however valid to re-use the same field name in
1258different local scopes.
1259
1260Nested static and dynamic scopes form lookup paths. These are used for
1261variant tag and sequence length references. They are used at the variant
1262and sequence definition site to look up the location of the tag field
1263associated with a variant, and to lookup up the location of the length
1264field associated with a sequence.
1265
1266Variants and sequences can refer to a tag field either using a relative
1267path or an absolute path. The relative path is relative to the scope in
1268which the variant or sequence performing the lookup is located.
1269Relative paths are only allowed to lookup within the same static scope,
1270which includes its nested static scopes. Lookups targeting parent static
1271scopes need to be performed with an absolute path.
1272
1273Absolute path lookups use the full path including the dynamic scope
1274followed by a `.` and then the static scope. Therefore, variants (or
1275sequences) in lower levels in the dynamic scope (e.g., event context)
1276can refer to a tag (or length) field located in upper levels
1277(e.g., in the event header) by specifying, in this case, the associated
1278tag with `<stream.event.header.field_name>`. This allows, for instance,
1279the event context to define a variant referring to the `id` field of
1280the event header as selector.
1281
1282The dynamic scope prefixes are thus:
1283
1284 * Trace environment: `<env. >`
1285 * Trace packet header: `<trace.packet.header. >`
1286 * Stream packet context: `<stream.packet.context. >`
1287 * Event header: `<stream.event.header. >`
1288 * Stream event context: `<stream.event.context. >`
1289 * Event context: `<event.context. >`
1290 * Event payload: `<event.fields. >`
1291
1292The target dynamic scope must be specified explicitly when referring to
1293a field outside of the static scope (absolute scope reference). No
1294conflict can occur between relative and dynamic paths, because the
1295keywords `trace`, `stream`, and `event` are reserved, and thus not
1296permitted as field names. It is recommended that field names clashing
1297with CTF and C99 reserved keywords use an underscore prefix to
1298eliminate the risk of generating a description containing an invalid
1299field name. Consequently, fields starting with an underscore should have
1300their leading underscore removed by the CTF trace readers.
1301
1302The information available in the dynamic scopes can be thought of as the
1303current tracing context. At trace production, information about the
1304current context is saved into the specified scope field levels. At trace
1305consumption, for each event, the current trace context is therefore
1306readable by accessing the upper dynamic scopes.
1307
1308
1309### 7.4 TSDL examples
1310
1311The grammar representing the TSDL metadata is presented in
1312[TSDL grammar](#specC). This section presents a rather lighter reading that
1313consists in examples of TSDL metadata, with template values.
1314
1315The stream ID can be left out if there is only one stream in the
1316trace. The event `id` field can be left out if there is only one event
1317in a stream.
1318
1319~~~ tsdl
1320trace {
1321 major = /* value */; /* CTF spec version major number */
1322 minor = /* value */; /* CTF spec version minor number */
1323 uuid = "aaaaaaaa-aaaa-aaaa-aaaa-aaaaaaaaaaaa"; /* Trace UUID */
1324 byte_order = /* be OR le */; /* Endianness (required) */
1325 packet.header := struct {
1326 uint32_t magic;
1327 uint8_t uuid[16];
1328 uint32_t stream_id;
1329 };
1330};
1331
1332/*
1333 * The "env" (environment) scope contains assignment expressions. The
1334 * field names and content are implementation-defined.
1335 */
1336env {
1337 pid = /* value */; /* example */
1338 proc_name = "name"; /* example */
1339 /* ... */
1340};
1341
1342stream {
1343 id = /* stream_id */;
1344 /* Type 1 - Few event IDs; Type 2 - Many event IDs. See section 6.1. */
1345 event.header := /* event_header_1 OR event_header_2 */;
1346 event.context := struct {
1347 /* ... */
1348 };
1349 packet.context := struct {
1350 /* ... */
1351 };
1352};
1353
1354event {
1355 name = "event_name";
1356 id = /* value */; /* Numeric identifier within the stream */
1357 stream_id = /* stream_id */;
1358 loglevel = /* value */;
1359 model.emf.uri = "string";
1360 context := struct {
1361 /* ... */
1362 };
1363 fields := struct {
1364 /* ... */
1365 };
1366};
1367
1368callsite {
1369 name = "event_name";
1370 func = "func_name";
1371 file = "myfile.c";
1372 line = 39;
1373 ip = 0x40096c;
1374};
1375~~~
1376
1377More detail on [types](#spec4):
1378
1379~~~ tsdl
1380/*
1381 * Named types:
1382 *
1383 * Type declarations behave similarly to the C standard.
1384 */
1385
1386typedef aliased_type_specifiers new_type_declarators;
1387
1388/* e.g.: typedef struct example new_type_name[10]; */
1389
1390/*
1391 * typealias
1392 *
1393 * The "typealias" declaration can be used to give a name (including
1394 * pointer declarator specifier) to a type. It should also be used to
1395 * map basic C types (float, int, unsigned long, ...) to a CTF type.
1396 * Typealias is a superset of "typedef": it also allows assignment of a
1397 * simple variable identifier to a type.
1398 */
1399
1400typealias type_class {
1401 /* ... */
1402} := type_specifiers type_declarator;
1403
1404/*
1405 * e.g.:
1406 * typealias integer {
1407 * size = 32;
1408 * align = 32;
1409 * signed = false;
1410 * } := struct page *;
1411 *
1412 * typealias integer {
1413 * size = 32;
1414 * align = 32;
1415 * signed = true;
1416 * } := int;
1417 */
1418
1419struct name {
1420 /* ... */
1421};
1422
1423variant name {
1424 /* ... */
1425};
1426
1427enum name : integer_type {
1428 /* ... */
1429};
1430~~~
1431
1432Unnamed types, contained within compound type fields, `typedef` or
1433`typealias`:
1434
1435~~~ tsdl
1436struct {
1437 /* ... */
1438}
1439~~~
1440
1441~~~ tsdl
1442struct {
1443 /* ... */
1444} align(value)
1445~~~
1446
1447~~~ tsdl
1448variant {
1449 /* ... */
1450}
1451~~~
1452
1453~~~ tsdl
1454enum : integer_type {
1455 /* ... */
1456}
1457~~~
1458
1459~~~ tsdl
1460typedef type new_type[length];
1461
1462struct {
1463 type field_name[length];
1464}
1465~~~
1466
1467~~~ tsdl
1468typedef type new_type[length_type];
1469
1470struct {
1471 type field_name[length_type];
1472}
1473~~~
1474
1475~~~ tsdl
1476integer {
1477 /* ... */
1478}
1479~~~
1480
1481~~~ tsdl
1482floating_point {
1483 /* ... */
1484}
1485~~~
1486
1487~~~ tsdl
1488struct {
1489 integer_type field_name:size; /* GNU/C bitfield */
1490}
1491~~~
1492
1493~~~ tsdl
1494struct {
1495 string field_name;
1496}
1497~~~
1498
1499
1500## 8. Clocks
1501
1502Clock metadata allows to describe the clock topology of the system, as
1503well as to detail each clock parameter. In absence of clock description,
1504it is assumed that all fields named `timestamp` use the same clock
1505source, which increments once per nanosecond.
1506
1507Describing a clock and how it is used by streams is threefold: first,
1508the clock and clock topology should be described in a `clock`
1509description block, e.g.:
1510
1511~~~ tsdl
1512clock {
1513 name = cycle_counter_sync;
1514 uuid = "62189bee-96dc-11e0-91a8-cfa3d89f3923";
1515 description = "Cycle counter synchronized across CPUs";
1516 freq = 1000000000; /* frequency, in Hz */
1517 /* precision in seconds is: 1000 * (1/freq) */
1518 precision = 1000;
1519 /*
1520 * clock value offset from Epoch is:
1521 * offset_s + (offset * (1/freq))
1522 */
1523 offset_s = 1326476837;
1524 offset = 897235420;
1525 absolute = FALSE;
1526};
1527~~~
1528
1529The mandatory `name` field specifies the name of the clock identifier,
1530which can later be used as a reference. The optional field `uuid` is
1531the unique identifier of the clock. It can be used to correlate
1532different traces that use the same clock. An optional textual
1533description string can be added with the `description` field. The
1534`freq` field is the initial frequency of the clock, in Hz. If the
1535`freq` field is not present, the frequency is assumed to be 1000000000
1536(providing clock increment of 1 ns). The optional `precision` field
1537details the uncertainty on the clock measurements, in (1/freq) units.
1538The `offset_s` and `offset` fields indicate the offset from
1539POSIX.1 Epoch, 1970-01-01 00:00:00 +0000 (UTC), to the zero of value
1540of the clock. The `offset_s` field is in seconds. The `offset` field is
1541in (1/freq) units. If any of the `offset_s` or `offset` field is not
1542present, it is assigned the 0 value. The field `absolute` is `TRUE` if
1543the clock is a global reference across different clock UUID
1544(e.g. NTP time). Otherwise, `absolute` is `FALSE`, and the clock can
1545be considered as synchronized only with other clocks that have the same
1546UUID.
1547
1548Secondly, a reference to this clock should be added within an integer
1549type:
1550
1551~~~ tsdl
1552typealias integer {
1553 size = 64; align = 1; signed = false;
1554 map = clock.cycle_counter_sync.value;
1555} := uint64_ccnt_t;
1556~~~
1557
1558Thirdly, stream declarations can reference the clock they use as a
1559timestamp source:
1560
1561~~~ tsdl
1562struct packet_context {
1563 uint64_ccnt_t ccnt_begin;
1564 uint64_ccnt_t ccnt_end;
1565 /* ... */
1566};
1567
1568stream {
1569 /* ... */
1570 event.header := struct {
1571 uint64_ccnt_t timestamp;
1572 /* ... */
1573 };
1574 packet.context := struct packet_context;
1575};
1576~~~
1577
1578For a N-bit integer type referring to a clock, if the integer overflows
1579compared to the N low order bits of the clock prior value found in the
1580same stream, then it is assumed that one, and only one, overflow
1581occurred. It is therefore important that events encoding time on a small
1582number of bits happen frequently enough to detect when more than one
1583N-bit overflow occurs.
1584
1585In a packet context, clock field names ending with `_begin` and `_end`
1586have a special meaning: this refers to the timestamps at, respectively,
1587the beginning and the end of each packet.
1588
1589
1590## A. Helper macros
1591
1592The two following macros keep track of the size of a GNU/C structure
1593without padding at the end by placing HEADER_END as the last field.
1594A one byte end field is used for C90 compatibility (C99 flexible arrays
1595could be used here). Note that this does not affect the effective
1596structure size, which should always be calculated with the
1597`header_sizeof()` helper.
1598
1599~~~ c
1600#define HEADER_END char end_field
1601#define header_sizeof(type) offsetof(typeof(type), end_field)
1602~~~
1603
1604## B. Stream header rationale
1605
1606An event stream is divided in contiguous event packets of variable
1607size. These subdivisions allow the trace analyzer to perform a fast
1608binary search by time within the stream (typically requiring to index
1609only the event packet headers) without reading the whole stream. These
1610subdivisions have a variable size to eliminate the need to transfer the
1611event packet padding when partially filled event packets must be sent
1612when streaming a trace for live viewing/analysis. An event packet can
1613contain a certain amount of padding at the end. Dividing streams into
1614event packets is also useful for network streaming over UDP and flight
1615recorder mode tracing (a whole event packet can be swapped out of the
1616buffer atomically for reading).
1617
1618The stream header is repeated at the beginning of each event packet to
1619allow flexibility in terms of:
1620
1621 * streaming support
1622 * allowing arbitrary buffers to be discarded without making the trace
1623 unreadable
1624 * allow UDP packet loss handling by either dealing with missing event packet
1625 or asking for re-transmission
1626 * transparently support flight recorder mode
1627 * transparently support crash dump
1628
1629
1630## C. TSDL Grammar
1631
1632~~~ c
1633/*
1634 * Common Trace Format (CTF) Trace Stream Description Language (TSDL) Grammar.
1635 *
1636 * Inspired from the C99 grammar:
1637 * http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg14/www/docs/n1124.pdf (Annex A)
1638 * and c++1x grammar (draft)
1639 * http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg21/docs/papers/2011/n3291.pdf (Annex A)
1640 *
1641 * Specialized for CTF needs by including only constant and declarations from
1642 * C99 (excluding function declarations), and by adding support for variants,
1643 * sequences and CTF-specific specifiers. Enumeration container types
1644 * semantic is inspired from c++1x enum-base.
1645 */
1646~~~
1647
1648
1649### C.1 Lexical grammar
1650
1651
1652#### C.1.1 Lexical elements
1653
1654~~~ text
1655token:
1656 keyword
1657 identifier
1658 constant
1659 string-literal
1660 punctuator
1661~~~
1662
1663#### C.1.2 Keywords
1664
1665~~~ text
1666keyword: is one of
1667
1668align
1669callsite
1670const
1671char
1672clock
1673double
1674enum
1675env
1676event
1677floating_point
1678float
1679integer
1680int
1681long
1682short
1683signed
1684stream
1685string
1686struct
1687trace
1688typealias
1689typedef
1690unsigned
1691variant
1692void
1693_Bool
1694_Complex
1695_Imaginary
1696~~~
1697
1698
1699#### C.1.3 Identifiers
1700
1701~~~ text
1702identifier:
1703 identifier-nondigit
1704 identifier identifier-nondigit
1705 identifier digit
1706
1707identifier-nondigit:
1708 nondigit
1709 universal-character-name
1710 any other implementation-defined characters
1711
1712nondigit:
1713 _
1714 [a-zA-Z] /* regular expression */
1715
1716digit:
1717 [0-9] /* regular expression */
1718~~~
1719
1720
1721#### C.1.4 Universal character names
1722
1723~~~ text
1724universal-character-name:
1725 \u hex-quad
1726 \U hex-quad hex-quad
1727
1728hex-quad:
1729 hexadecimal-digit hexadecimal-digit hexadecimal-digit hexadecimal-digit
1730~~~
1731
1732
1733##### C.1.5 Constants
1734
1735~~~ text
1736constant:
1737 integer-constant
1738 enumeration-constant
1739 character-constant
1740
1741integer-constant:
1742 decimal-constant integer-suffix-opt
1743 octal-constant integer-suffix-opt
1744 hexadecimal-constant integer-suffix-opt
1745
1746decimal-constant:
1747 nonzero-digit
1748 decimal-constant digit
1749
1750octal-constant:
1751 0
1752 octal-constant octal-digit
1753
1754hexadecimal-constant:
1755 hexadecimal-prefix hexadecimal-digit
1756 hexadecimal-constant hexadecimal-digit
1757
1758hexadecimal-prefix:
1759 0x
1760 0X
1761
1762nonzero-digit:
1763 [1-9]
1764
1765integer-suffix:
1766 unsigned-suffix long-suffix-opt
1767 unsigned-suffix long-long-suffix
1768 long-suffix unsigned-suffix-opt
1769 long-long-suffix unsigned-suffix-opt
1770
1771unsigned-suffix:
1772 u
1773 U
1774
1775long-suffix:
1776 l
1777 L
1778
1779long-long-suffix:
1780 ll
1781 LL
1782
1783enumeration-constant:
1784 identifier
1785 string-literal
1786
1787character-constant:
1788 ' c-char-sequence '
1789 L' c-char-sequence '
1790
1791c-char-sequence:
1792 c-char
1793 c-char-sequence c-char
1794
1795c-char:
1796 any member of source charset except single-quote ('), backslash
1797 (\), or new-line character.
1798 escape-sequence
1799
1800escape-sequence:
1801 simple-escape-sequence
1802 octal-escape-sequence
1803 hexadecimal-escape-sequence
1804 universal-character-name
1805
1806simple-escape-sequence: one of
1807 \' \" \? \\ \a \b \f \n \r \t \v
1808
1809octal-escape-sequence:
1810 \ octal-digit
1811 \ octal-digit octal-digit
1812 \ octal-digit octal-digit octal-digit
1813
1814hexadecimal-escape-sequence:
1815 \x hexadecimal-digit
1816 hexadecimal-escape-sequence hexadecimal-digit
1817~~~
1818
1819
1820#### C.1.6 String literals
1821
1822~~~ text
1823string-literal:
1824 " s-char-sequence-opt "
1825 L" s-char-sequence-opt "
1826
1827s-char-sequence:
1828 s-char
1829 s-char-sequence s-char
1830
1831s-char:
1832 any member of source charset except double-quote ("), backslash
1833 (\), or new-line character.
1834 escape-sequence
1835~~~
1836
1837
1838#### C.1.7 Punctuators
1839
1840~~~ text
1841punctuator: one of
1842 [ ] ( ) { } . -> * + - < > : ; ... = ,
1843~~~
1844
1845
1846### C.2 Phrase structure grammar
1847
1848~~~ text
1849primary-expression:
1850 identifier
1851 constant
1852 string-literal
1853 ( unary-expression )
1854
1855postfix-expression:
1856 primary-expression
1857 postfix-expression [ unary-expression ]
1858 postfix-expression . identifier
1859 postfix-expressoin -> identifier
1860
1861unary-expression:
1862 postfix-expression
1863 unary-operator postfix-expression
1864
1865unary-operator: one of
1866 + -
1867
1868assignment-operator:
1869 =
1870
1871type-assignment-operator:
1872 :=
1873
1874constant-expression-range:
1875 unary-expression ... unary-expression
1876~~~
1877
1878
1879#### C.2.2 Declarations:
1880
1881~~~ text
1882declaration:
1883 declaration-specifiers declarator-list-opt ;
1884 ctf-specifier ;
1885
1886declaration-specifiers:
1887 storage-class-specifier declaration-specifiers-opt
1888 type-specifier declaration-specifiers-opt
1889 type-qualifier declaration-specifiers-opt
1890
1891declarator-list:
1892 declarator
1893 declarator-list , declarator
1894
1895abstract-declarator-list:
1896 abstract-declarator
1897 abstract-declarator-list , abstract-declarator
1898
1899storage-class-specifier:
1900 typedef
1901
1902type-specifier:
1903 void
1904 char
1905 short
1906 int
1907 long
1908 float
1909 double
1910 signed
1911 unsigned
1912 _Bool
1913 _Complex
1914 _Imaginary
1915 struct-specifier
1916 variant-specifier
1917 enum-specifier
1918 typedef-name
1919 ctf-type-specifier
1920
1921align-attribute:
1922 align ( unary-expression )
1923
1924struct-specifier:
1925 struct identifier-opt { struct-or-variant-declaration-list-opt } align-attribute-opt
1926 struct identifier align-attribute-opt
1927
1928struct-or-variant-declaration-list:
1929 struct-or-variant-declaration
1930 struct-or-variant-declaration-list struct-or-variant-declaration
1931
1932struct-or-variant-declaration:
1933 specifier-qualifier-list struct-or-variant-declarator-list ;
1934 declaration-specifiers-opt storage-class-specifier declaration-specifiers-opt declarator-list ;
1935 typealias declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list type-assignment-operator declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list ;
1936 typealias declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list type-assignment-operator declarator-list ;
1937
1938specifier-qualifier-list:
1939 type-specifier specifier-qualifier-list-opt
1940 type-qualifier specifier-qualifier-list-opt
1941
1942struct-or-variant-declarator-list:
1943 struct-or-variant-declarator
1944 struct-or-variant-declarator-list , struct-or-variant-declarator
1945
1946struct-or-variant-declarator:
1947 declarator
1948 declarator-opt : unary-expression
1949
1950variant-specifier:
1951 variant identifier-opt variant-tag-opt { struct-or-variant-declaration-list }
1952 variant identifier variant-tag
1953
1954variant-tag:
1955 < unary-expression >
1956
1957enum-specifier:
1958 enum identifier-opt { enumerator-list }
1959 enum identifier-opt { enumerator-list , }
1960 enum identifier
1961 enum identifier-opt : declaration-specifiers { enumerator-list }
1962 enum identifier-opt : declaration-specifiers { enumerator-list , }
1963
1964enumerator-list:
1965 enumerator
1966 enumerator-list , enumerator
1967
1968enumerator:
1969 enumeration-constant
1970 enumeration-constant assignment-operator unary-expression
1971 enumeration-constant assignment-operator constant-expression-range
1972
1973type-qualifier:
1974 const
1975
1976declarator:
1977 pointer-opt direct-declarator
1978
1979direct-declarator:
1980 identifier
1981 ( declarator )
1982 direct-declarator [ unary-expression ]
1983
1984abstract-declarator:
1985 pointer-opt direct-abstract-declarator
1986
1987direct-abstract-declarator:
1988 identifier-opt
1989 ( abstract-declarator )
1990 direct-abstract-declarator [ unary-expression ]
1991 direct-abstract-declarator [ ]
1992
1993pointer:
1994 * type-qualifier-list-opt
1995 * type-qualifier-list-opt pointer
1996
1997type-qualifier-list:
1998 type-qualifier
1999 type-qualifier-list type-qualifier
2000
2001typedef-name:
2002 identifier
2003~~~
2004
2005
2006#### C.2.3 CTF-specific declarations
2007
2008~~~ text
2009ctf-specifier:
2010 clock { ctf-assignment-expression-list-opt }
2011 event { ctf-assignment-expression-list-opt }
2012 stream { ctf-assignment-expression-list-opt }
2013 env { ctf-assignment-expression-list-opt }
2014 trace { ctf-assignment-expression-list-opt }
2015 callsite { ctf-assignment-expression-list-opt }
2016 typealias declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list type-assignment-operator declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list
2017 typealias declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list type-assignment-operator declarator-list
2018
2019ctf-type-specifier:
2020 floating_point { ctf-assignment-expression-list-opt }
2021 integer { ctf-assignment-expression-list-opt }
2022 string { ctf-assignment-expression-list-opt }
2023 string
2024
2025ctf-assignment-expression-list:
2026 ctf-assignment-expression ;
2027 ctf-assignment-expression-list ctf-assignment-expression ;
2028
2029ctf-assignment-expression:
2030 unary-expression assignment-operator unary-expression
2031 unary-expression type-assignment-operator type-specifier
2032 declaration-specifiers-opt storage-class-specifier declaration-specifiers-opt declarator-list
2033 typealias declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list type-assignment-operator declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list
2034 typealias declaration-specifiers abstract-declarator-list type-assignment-operator declarator-list
2035~~~
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