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SubjectRe: Oprofile Regression Caused by commit e5d1367f17ba6a6fed5fd8b74e4d5720923e0c25 on PPC
On Tue, 11 Oct 2011, Stephane Eranian wrote:

> On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 9:44 AM, Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl> wrote:
> > On Mon, 2011-10-10 at 19:38 -0400, Eric B Munson wrote:
> >> On Fri, 07 Oct 2011, Eric B Munson wrote:
> >>
> >> > This commit seems to have caused a regression with oprofile.  It is fairly easy
> >> > to trigger, simply run oprofile monitoring an event that will fire (something
> >> > frequent like CPU cycles) causes oprofile to fail saying that the PMU is in use.
> >> > If I disable CONFIG_CGROUP_PERF, everything goes back to working.  I suspect the
> >> > problem is that the PMU is being initialized without being reserved for perf.  I
> >> > am not yet sure of the right fix yet so if you have any suggestions I would
> >> > appreciate them.
> >> >
> >> > Eric
> >>
> >> This isn't the best description of the behavior we see, what happens is at some
> >> point in the profiling session the MMCR register is clobbered by
> >> perf_cgroup_switch() which calls perf_pmu_enable() without reserving the PMC
> >> hardware.  When this happens oprofile stops counting.  It doesn't happen each
> >> time so some runs show event counts that are reasonable, but it can also lead to
> >> event counts that are smaller than expected, or completely missing.
> >
> > What kernel are you testing?
> >
> Looking at 3.1-rc9, I doubt it's coming from perf_cgroup_switch(). The function
> is checking for perf context with at least of cgroup event before
> calling perf_pmu_disable().
> If there is no active perf context, there is no cgroup event, thus the
> function is a nop.
> Even if you have a competing perf session, it would have to have at
> least one cgroup
> event for this code to touch HW. The problem must come from somewhere else.
>
> >
>

Does activating any cgroup setup a cgroup event?

Eric
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