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@ 2023-04-28 21:24 Frank Ch. Eigler
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From: Frank Ch. Eigler @ 2023-04-28 21:24 UTC (permalink / raw)
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The SystemTap team announces release 4.9

Enhancements to this release include: Jupyter web-based interactive
frontend, language-server-protocol backend

= Where to get it - our project page
  git tag release-4.9 (commit ebb424eee5599fc)

  There have been over 70 commits since the last release.
  There have been 10 bugs fixed / features added since the last release.

= SystemTap backend changes

* Corrected handling of DWARF5 implicit-pointer and entry-value data
  and bit-fields.

* Corrected accidental runtime double-hit of some types of synthetic

* Improved kernel backtrace repeated artifacts.

= SystemTap frontend (stap) changes

* Added a Jupyter based front-end to stap.  This may be invoked via a
  container - or built locally (likely via pip3 downloads).  The user
  interface becomes an interactive notebook in a web browser.  See the
  "stap-jupyter" man page.

* Added a "--language-server" option to stap, which switches it into
  an LSP server on stdin/stdout.  This allows users of a variety of
  editors to trigger symbol-completions and similar operations in
  context.  This code includes a small reusable jsonrpc server library
  implementation in C++.

* Improved documentation generation scripts, so the website doc
  snapshots can be fresher.

* Improved deterministic buildability of dtrace-flavoured .h/.c file
* Temporarily disabled $context-variable liveness safety checks on
  retpoline kernels.

= SystemTap tapset changes

* Python3 version range compatibility much improved.

* Updated for NFS, VFS and other kernel changes.

* Updated system call name tables.

= SystemTap sample scripts

* All 180+ examples can be found at

* The new Jupyter front-end includes a default notebook that includes
  several scripts and fragments, equipped with webby eyecandy!

* The livepatch.stp sample script for CVE band-aids is better

= Examples of tested kernel versions

  3.10.0 (RHEL7)
  4.18.0 (RHEL8 + CentOS Stream 8 x86_64, aarch64, ppc64le, s390x)
  5.14.0 (RHEL9 + CentOS Stream 9 x86_64, aarch64, ppc64le, s390x)
  5.19.16 (Fedora 36 x86_64)
  6.2.11 (Fedora 37 x86_64)
  6.3.0-rc (Fedora rawhide x86_64)

= Known issues with this release

- There are intermittent buffer transmission failures for high-trace-rate
  scripts.  Bulk mode (stap -b) helps. (see PR29108)

- There are known issues on kernel 5.10+ after adapting to set_fs()
  removal, with some memory accesses that previously returned valid data
  instead returning -EFAULT. (see PR26811)

= Contributors for this release

Aaron Merey, Frank Ch. Eigler, *Gioele Barabucci, Mark Wielaard,
Martin Cermak, Ryan Goldberg, Serhei Makarov, Stan Cox, William Cohen

Special thanks to new contributors, marked with '*' above.

= Bugs fixed for this release <>

29801	--monitor mode gets 2 hits to procfs("monitor_control").write for every 1 write
29838	DWARF5 DW_OP_implicit_pointer and DW_OP_entry_value unhandled
29676	wildcard function/symbol expansion inconsistent in debuginfo vs nondebuginfo cases
29837	kernel build compiler warning makes testsuite fail
29832   probe python.function.entry does not get hits (while .return does)
29766	kernel.function("__set_page_dirty_buffers") not found in tapset/linux/vfs.stp
29037	Systemtap unable to find struct bitfield members for gcc11 compiled code
30123	bitfield.exp fails with fresh kernels
29824	BUG: using smp_processor_id() in preemptible [00000000] code: stapio/58567
30372	dyninst liveness analysis with retpoline kernels slow
30396	kernel 6.3.* objtool/ibt warnings during pass 4

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