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SubjectRe: [PATCH -tip v3 0/6] perf: Introduce branch sub commands
On Fri, Apr 01, 2011 at 07:57:05PM +0900, Akihiro Nagai wrote:
> (2011/03/30 23:46), Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> <snip>
> >>'perf branch trace' can parse and analyze recorded BTS log and print various
> >>information of execution path. This command can show address, pid, command name,
> >>function+offset, file path of elf.
> >>You can choose the printed information with option.
> >>
> >>Example: 'perf branch trace'
> >>function+offset
> >>irq_return+0x0 => _start+0x0
> >>irq_return+0x0 => _start+0x0
> >>_start+0x3 => _dl_start+0x0
> >>irq_return+0x0 => _dl_start+0x0
> >>irq_return+0x0 => _dl_start+0x26
> >>irq_return+0x0 => _dl_start+0x2d
> >
> >These results are a bit surprising. May be we can
> >jump once from irq_return to _start, in the first schedule()
> >of a new task perhaps, but thereafter I would expect
> >further jumps not to happen from irq_return, but rather
> >from _start. When we have x as a destination in line n, then
> >I would expect to have x as a source in n + 1.
> Agree with the opinion "irq_start" surprising users.
> However, I think it is not a better solution that uses a
> previous destination as a next source.
> Because, users want to know what happen in userspace and,
> do not want to know interrupts from kernel.
>
> I think the better solution is to implement the filter that
> eliminate the record including kernel functions from output.

Yep.

> For example, leading example will be filtered like this.
>
> _start+0x3 => _dl_start+0x0
>
> In the future, I think the solution is available that using BTS records
> with trace event like irq:irq_handler_entry to analyze interrupt.
> However, to do it, we need to fix perf.

Right.

> >
> >Also we are supposed to only trace BTS in userspace, but
> >perhaps, if we are interrupted, after the execution of the iret instruction,
> >BTS considers the following jump "iret -> interrupted inst" as a branch
> >in userspace. After all it makes sense, it is a jump in userspace.
> >
> >So BTS, because of the way it defines a jump inside userspace,
> >traces irq returns but not irq entries, that would explain the trace
> >you gave as an example.
> >
> >I suspect we want to filter irq returns. ie: if the source comes
> >from the kernel, then filter it by default. And then we can later
> >think about an option to enable interrupt return tracing if
> >people want them.
> Agree.
> I will implement the option that enable/disable the filter.

Cool, thanks!


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