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SubjectRe: [tip:perf/core] perf: Ignore non-sampling overflows
On Wed, 2011-06-29 at 12:37 +0200, Robert Richter wrote:

> I looked at the interrupt handlers. The events are always determined
> from a per-cpu array:
> cpuc = &__get_cpu_var(cpu_hw_events);
> ...
> event = cpuc->events[idx];
> In case of interrupts the event should then always be a hw event (or
> uninitialized). Even if the interrupt was triggered by a different
> source, it would always be mapped to the same event and the check
> is_sampling_event() would be meaningless.

I'm probably not quite getting what you mean, but how is
is_sampling_event() meaningless? the INT bit is enabled for _all_
events, whether they were configured as a sampling event or not.

Its just that for !sampling events we shouldn't attempt to generate any

> There are other occurrences of perf_event_overflow() in
> kernel/events/core.c for events of type PERF_TYPE_SOFTWARE. These
> events are initialized with sample_period set and a check would always
> be true too.

I'm failing to see what you mean, where do we always set
event->attr.sample_period for software events?

> For both cases I stil don't see a reason for the check.

You're going to have to spell things out for me, I'm really not getting
your argument.

> Anyway, would the following extentension of the check above ok?
> if (unlikely(!is_sampling_event(event) && !event->attr.sample_type))
> ...
> With no bits set in attr.sample_type the sample would be empty and
> nothing to report. Now, with this change, samples that have data to
> report wouldn't be dropped anymore.

Also, could you explain in what way data is dropped? Where do
non-sampling events need to write sample data?

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