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    Subject[RFC][PATCH 0/8] Having perf use libparsevent.a
    Hi All,

    I've spent the week working on getting libparsevent.a working with
    perf. After several rewrites, hacking in both perf and the trace-cmd
    code, and breaking both beyond repair, I finally got to a point that
    it just works.

    The library was originally going to be called libperf.so, but after
    talking with Arnaldo, he wants the functionality of the libraries
    separated more, not combined all in one binary. As this code deals
    only with the parsing the event formats and creating a way to read
    the binary data from it, we both agreed that it is best to keep its
    original name that was in trace-cmd and call it libparsevent.so.

    Note, because perf installs in the user's ~/bin and I did not want to
    make it a requirement to add ~/bin to LD_LIBRARY_PATH, I kept the
    library as a .a that is linked directly into perf.

    In the beginning, I tried to work with the library code within the
    tools/perf directory, and because of the CFLAGS of perf, it made
    compiling the library code very nasty (namely the -Wswitch-enum).
    I also talked with Arnaldo and Frederic about the placement of this
    code, and we all agreed that tools/lib/events is a good place to
    put it.

    By keeping the code separate from perf, made the transition from
    trace-cmd to tools much easier. I've wasted too many days trying to
    get other ways working, and I don't want to rewrite perf to do so.

    Thus, this is what I ended up with.

    This patch set just gets the libparsevent.a/so working with perf.
    New code would be required to get it packaged for distributions to
    ship as a library itself. Once it gets there, I'll work on getting
    this code to work with code like latencytrace.

    Anyway, this is still in the RFC phase. Lets hear what people have to
    say.

    (some of the patches are quite large as they either insert full
    files or remove them, and probably will not make LKML due to the
    size constraint.)

    This patches can be viewed from:

    git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/rostedt/linux-2.6-trace.git
    tip/perf/parse-events

    Head SHA1: 781d261ff8241243173cf996ceb068cb19bd5874


    Julia Lawall (1):
    perf/events: Correct size given to memset

    Steven Rostedt (6):
    perf: Separate out trace-cmd parse-events from perf files
    tools/events: Add files to create libparsevent.a
    perf: Build libparsevent.a
    events: Update tools/lib/events to work with perf
    perf: Have perf use the new libparsevent.a library
    perf/events: Add flag to produce nsec output

    Tom Zanussi (1):
    perf/events: Add flag/symbol format_flags

    ----
    tools/lib/events/Makefile | 303 ++
    tools/lib/events/event-parse.c | 4991 ++++++++++++++++++++
    tools/lib/events/event-parse.h | 804 ++++
    tools/lib/events/event-utils.h | 80 +
    tools/lib/events/parse-filter.c | 2262 +++++++++
    tools/lib/events/parse-utils.c | 110 +
    tools/lib/events/trace-seq.c | 200 +
    tools/perf/Makefile | 17 +-
    tools/perf/builtin-kmem.c | 6 +-
    tools/perf/builtin-lock.c | 26 +-
    tools/perf/builtin-sched.c | 42 +-
    tools/perf/builtin-script.c | 2 +-
    .../util/scripting-engines/trace-event-python.c | 16 +-
    tools/perf/util/trace-event-info.c | 4 +-
    tools/perf/util/trace-event-parse.c | 3188 +------------
    tools/perf/util/trace-event-read.c | 34 +-
    tools/perf/util/trace-event.h | 268 +-
    17 files changed, 9070 insertions(+), 3283 deletions(-)


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