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SubjectRe: [PATCH] perf/sched: fix for getting task's execute time

* Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> wrote:

> On Sun, 2009-12-06 at 12:05 +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > On Sun, 2009-12-06 at 18:57 +0800, Xiao Guangrong wrote:
> > > In current code, we get task's execute time by reading
> > > "/proc/<pid>/sched" file, it's wrong if the task is created
> > > by pthread_create(), because every thread task has same pid.
> > > So, the correct way is reading "/proc/<ppid>/task/<tid>/sched"
> > > file.
> > >
> > > This patch also remove redundant include files since <sys/types.h>
> > > is included in "perf.h"
> >
> > We really should not be using these proc files but instead make sure
> > this information gets transferred through a tracepoint or similar.
> >
> > Reading these proc files is too prone to races.

yeah. Ideally we'd want all valuable information that is available via
/proc to be available via perf events as well. In the future it should
be possible to run perf even without /proc mounted for example.

Furthermore it's good for consistency and simplicity as well, plus it's
faster too to get the information from the perf syscall and mmap-ed
ringbuffer than to read things via /proc. No need for ASCII conversion,
fixed record formats, fast streaming and buffering, no read() overhead,
etc.

> We can probably get the runtime by grouping a task-clock swcounter
> with an appropriate other event.

Would be lovely.

Ingo


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