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SubjectRe: 2.6.19-rc5: known regressions (v3)
On 11/22/06, Andrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org> wrote:
> On Wed, 22 Nov 2006 11:36:14 +0100
> Andi Kleen <ak@suse.de> wrote:
>
> > On Wednesday 22 November 2006 11:28, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> > > On Wednesday 15 November 2006 11:35, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> > > > On Wednesday 15 November 2006 11:21, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > > > > Subject : x86_64: oprofile doesn't work
> > > > > References : http://lkml.org/lkml/2006/10/27/3
> > > > > Submitter : Prakash Punnoor <prakash@punnoor.de>
> > > > > Status : unknown
> > > >
> > >
> > > I hit the same problem on i386 architecture too, if CONFIG_ACPI is not set.
> >
> > oprofile is still broken because it cannot deal with the lack of perfctr 0.
>
> The kernel is still broken because we changed the interface.

I just got bit by this on 2.6.20-latest (well, of two days ago anyway)
while trying to debug another transient 'kacpid sucks all available
cpu time'. But that's okay, I'm sure it will happen again in a week or
two.

In the meantime, who won this pis^H^H^H discussion?

Mikael Pettersson wrote:
> Andrew Morton writes:
> > Surely the appropriate behaviour is to allow oprofile to steal the NMI and
> > to then put the NMI back to doing the watchdog thing after oprofile has
> > finished with it.
>
> Which is _exactly_ what pre-2.6.19-rc1 kernels did. I implemented
> the in-kernel API allowing real performance counter drivers like
> oprofile (and perfctr) to claim the HW from the NMI watchdog,
> do their work, and then release it which resumed the watchdog.
>
> Note that oprofile (and perfctr) didn't do anything behind the
> NMI watchdog's back. They went via the API. Nothing dodgy going on.

Well, that seems clear.
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