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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2] perf: User/kernel time correlation and event generation
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On Thu, 2014-09-18 at 16:02 +0100, Christopher Covington wrote:
> Hi Pawel,
>
> On 09/18/2014 10:34 AM, Pawel Moll wrote:
> > Greetings,
> >
> > This is a second spin of the short series posted last week:
> >
> > http://www.spinics.net/lists/kernel/msg1824419.html
> >
> > The first patch adds an additional timestamp field in the perf
> > sample data, which can be requested for any perf event along
> > with normal PERF_SAMPLE_TIME. Events with both values appearing
> > periodically in the perf data allow user code to translate
> > raw monotonic time (obtained via POSIX clock API) to sched_clock
> > domain. Although any perf event can be used, the natural choice
> > would be a sched_switch trace event (for processes with root
> > permissions) or a hrtimer-based PERF_COUNT_SW_CPU_CLOCK.
> >
> > It didn't attract any comments previously, so is just re-posted
> > without any changes.
> >
> > The second patch, functionally orthogonal but complementing
> > the first one, builds on the ftrace "trace_maker" idea. It adds
> > a ioctl that can be used to inject a userspace-generated data
> > into the perf buffer. It provides base for printf-like
> > functionality in perf world. If used with the previous patch,
> > it can be also used to provide synchronisation points for sched
> > vs. raw monotonic time stamps correlation.
> >
> > First version of the patch was taking a zero-terminated string
> > as an argument. Now it is taking a custom structure with "type"
> > and "size" integer fields followed by data. Type value "0"
> > is defined as a zero-terminated string (although size, including
> > the NULL character, must still be provided), but meaning of data
> > for other types is of no interest for the kernel. The intention
> > is to host a list of "well known" types (with reference parsers
> > for them) in the user perf tool code.
>
> Would it be possible for you to also update the corresponding man pages?
>
> https://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/

I must admit I haven't thought of that, but of course - if the changes
are accepted I'll send patches to the perf_event_open(2) man page. Any
others you had in mind?

Pawel



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