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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/11] perf tool: Add PERF_SAMPLE_READ sample read support
On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:14:45AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Fri, 2012-10-26 at 10:29 +0900, Namhyung Kim wrote:
> > Hi Jiri,
> >
> > On Sat, 20 Oct 2012 16:33:08 +0200, Jiri Olsa wrote:
> > > hi,
> > > adding support to read sample values through the PERF_SAMPLE_READ
> > > sample type. It's now possible to specify 'S' modifier for an event
> > > and get its sample value by PERF_SAMPLE_READ.
> >
> > I have a question. What's an actual impact of specifying 'S' modifiere
> > to a non-group event or even only a (non-leader) member of a group? For
> > instance, 'cycles:S' or '{branches,branch-misses:S}'.
>
> I would hope a syntax error from the parser ;-)

yeaa.. no ;)

$ ./perf record -e '{cycles:S,cache-misses}' ls
...
[ perf record: Woken up 1 times to write data ]
[ perf record: Captured and wrote 0.011 MB perf.data (~476 samples) ]

$ ./perf report
non matching sample_type

>
> I haven't actually looked at the implementation, but I understood it to
> be a group modifier, not an event modifier.

we might want to be able to use PERF_SAMPLE_READ for single event
same as for groups

the difference between single event and group 'S' modifier:

$ ./perf record -e 'cycles:S' ls
- records 'cycles' samples and read period value via PERF_SAMPLE_READ

$ ./perf record -e '{cycles,cache-misses}:S'
- samples just on 'cycles' samples and read both period values
(cycles and cache-misses) via PERF_SAMPLE_READ group format

$ ./perf record -e '{cycles,cache-misses}:S,instructions' ls
$ ./perf record -e '{cycles:S,cache-misses},instructions' ls
$ ./perf record -e 'cycles:S,instructions' ls
- non matching sample_type

hm, thats the unique sample_type issue again ;) Once we set
PERF_SAMPLE_READ for event or group, we need to set it for
all other events in session, otherwise the report fails

sooo, it looks like:
- global record '-S' option instead, setting PERF_SAMPLE_READ sample type
globaly for all events
- and ':S' group modifier to enable sampling only on leader
with group format reading for the rest of the group
- ':S' group modifier alone would imply -S

How about that?

thanks,
jirka


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