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Subject[PATCH 1/2] ring-buffer: Fix first commit on sub-buffer having non-zero delta
From: "Steven Rostedt (Red Hat)" <>

Each sub-buffer (buffer page) has a full 64 bit timestamp. The events on
that page use a 27 bit delta against that timestamp in order to save on
bits written to the ring buffer. If the time between events is larger than
what the 27 bits can hold, a "time extend" event is added to hold the
entire 64 bit timestamp again and the events after that hold a delta from
that timestamp.

As a "time extend" is always paired with an event, it is logical to just
allocate the event with the time extend, to make things a bit more efficient.

Unfortunately, when the pairing code was written, it removed the "delta = 0"
from the first commit on a page, causing the events on the page to be
slightly skewed.

Fixes: 69d1b839f7ee "ring-buffer: Bind time extend and data events together"
Cc: # 2.6.37+
Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt <>
kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c | 7 +++++++
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c b/kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c
index 294b8a2..fc4da2d 100644
--- a/kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c
+++ b/kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c
@@ -2397,6 +2397,13 @@ __rb_reserve_next(struct ring_buffer_per_cpu *cpu_buffer,
write &= RB_WRITE_MASK;
tail = write - length;

+ /*
+ * If this is the first commit on the page, then it has the same
+ * timestamp as the page itself.
+ */
+ if (!tail)
+ delta = 0;
/* See if we shot pass the end of this buffer page */
if (unlikely(write > BUF_PAGE_SIZE))
return rb_move_tail(cpu_buffer, length, tail,

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