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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/1] (Was uprobes/perf: pre-filtering)
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Hi Oleg,

On Wed, 6 Feb 2013 20:42:18 +0100, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> OK, builtin-record.c:record sets .target->uses_mmap == T, this is correct,
> we are going to use perf_mmap().
>
> But why do we need it? It is for perf_evlist__create_maps() to ensure we
> do not use cpu_map__dummy_new().
>
> But. Even if we use perf_mmap(), "event->cpu == -1 && !event->attr.inherit"
> is fine. And indeed, "perf record -e whatever -p1" creates a single counter
> with "cpu = -1" and this works. Because, damn, perf_evlist__config_attrs()
> notices "evlist->cpus->map[0] < 0" and sets "opts->no_inherit = true".
>
> But at the same time, this does not allow to do, say,
> "perf record -e whatever -C0 -p1". -C0 is simply ignored because when
> perf_evlist__create_maps() is called perf_target__has_task() == T due to "-p1".
>
> Not to mention, there is no way to trace init and the children it will
> fork...
>
> And otoh. "perf record -e whatever -i true" creates a counter for each
> cpu due to ->uses_mmap. This is suboptimal, but of course the hack like
>
> --- a/tools/perf/builtin-record.c
> +++ b/tools/perf/builtin-record.c
> @@ -1081,6 +1078,8 @@ int cmd_record(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix __maybe_unused)
> if (!argc && perf_target__none(&rec->opts.target))
> usage_with_options(record_usage, record_options);
>
> + rec->opts.target.uses_mmap = !rec->opts.no_inherit;
> +
> if (rec->force && rec->append_file) {
> ui__error("Can't overwrite and append at the same time."
> " You need to choose between -f and -A");
>
> should not be even discussed.
>
> And why opts->target.system_wide is only set by OPT_BOOLEAN("all-cpus") ?
> I meant, why I can't do "perf record -e whatever -C0" to create a "global"
> counter on CPU_0? This doesn't work because __cmd_record() sees !.system_wide
> and assumes we need perf_event__synthesize_thread_map() which silently fail.
>
> So I am sending a single patch to fix the problem which complicated my
> testing. It is trivial but I am not sure it correct, please review.

Yes, it's not clear how it handles above (-C0) case. I think it should
be treated as a system_wide mode like --all-cpus (-a). So we could set
->system_wide to true if -C is given and/or test perf_target__has_cpu()
for perf_event__synthesize_thread_map() or both.

Thanks,
Namhyung


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