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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 07/11] perf: Provide PERF_SAMPLE_REGS
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On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 9:55 AM, David Miller <davem@davemloft.net> wrote:
> From: Stephane Eranian <eranian@google.com>
> Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2010 09:49:33 -0800
>
>> On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 9:39 AM, Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> wrote:
>>> On Wed, 2010-03-03 at 09:30 -0800, Stephane Eranian wrote:
>>>> This assumes struct pt_regs is somehow exported to userland.
>>>> Is that the case?
>>>
>>> I seems to have understood they were, and asm/ptrace.h seems to agree
>>> with that, it has !__KERNEL__ definitions for struct pt_regs.
>>>
>> Seems to be the case, indeed.
>
> BTW, how are you going to cope with compat systems?
>
> If I build 'perf' on a sparc64 kernel build, it's going to get the
> 64-bit pt_regs.  So I can't then use that binary on a sparc box
> running a 32-bit kernel.
>
> And vice versa.
>
That was going to be my next question. The pt_regs you return
depends on the binary you are monitoring (32 vs. 64) if interrupt
occurred in userland. But what about if it happens in kernel mode?


> And more generally aren't we supposed to be able to eventually analyze
> perf dumps on any platform not just the one 'perf' was built under?
>
> We'll need to do something about the encoding of pt_regs, therefore.
>



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