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SubjectRe: [PATCH -v3] perf, x86: try to handle unknown nmis with running perfctrs
On 27.08.10 14:57:44, Don Zickus wrote:
> From: Don Zickus <>
> Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 14:43:03 -0400
> Subject: [PATCH] [x86] perf: fix accidentally ack'ing a second event on intel perf counter
> During testing of a patch to stop having the perf subsytem swallow nmis,
> it was uncovered that Nehalem boxes were randomly getting unknown nmis
> when using the perf tool.
> Moving the ack'ing of the PMI closer to when we get the status allows
> the hardware to properly re-set the PMU bit signaling another PMI was
> triggered during the processing of the first PMI. This allows the new
> logic for dealing with the shortcomings of multiple PMIs to handle the
> extra NMI by 'eat'ing it later.
> Now one can wonder why are we getting a second PMI when we disable all
> the PMUs in the begining of the NMI handler to prevent such a case, for
> that I do not know. But I know the fix below helps deal with this quirk.
> Tested on multiple Nehalems where the problem was occuring. With the
> patch, the code now loops a second time to handle the second PMI (whereas
> before it was not).
> Signed-off-by: Don Zickus <>

Looks good to me. Thanks Don.


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