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Subject[PATCH] perf symbols: Consider the syms_ss in dso__load_sym
In dso__load_sym we only try to load the .debug_frame section from the
runtime image. For distros, the debug symbols are generally in a
separate file.

As a result, running perf report on arm64 can give errors such as:
"$file with build id $id not found, continuing without symbols"

Even when the debug symbols have been correctly installed (and loaded
by perf).

This patch adds logic to dso__load_sym to query syms_ss for the
.debug_frame section if it can't be found in the elf file pointed to by

Signed-off-by: Steve Capper <>
This patch is against 3.18-rc5.
tools/perf/util/symbol-elf.c | 7 +++++--
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/tools/perf/util/symbol-elf.c b/tools/perf/util/symbol-elf.c
index 1e23a5b..1336392 100644
--- a/tools/perf/util/symbol-elf.c
+++ b/tools/perf/util/symbol-elf.c
@@ -830,8 +830,11 @@ int dso__load_sym(struct dso *dso, struct map *map,

sec = elf_getscn(runtime_ss->elf, sym.st_shndx);
- if (!sec)
- goto out_elf_end;
+ if (!sec) {
+ sec = elf_getscn(syms_ss->elf, sym.st_shndx);
+ if (!sec)
+ goto out_elf_end;
+ }

gelf_getshdr(sec, &shdr);


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