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Subject[PATCH 2/2] perf tools: Fix use of wrong event when processing exit events
From: Adrian Hunter <>

In a couple of cases the 'comm' member of 'union event' has been used
instead of the correct member ('fork') when processing exit events.

In the cases where it has been used incorrectly, only the 'pid' and
'tid' are affected. The 'pid' value would be correct anyway because it
is in the same position in 'comm' and 'fork' events, but the 'tid' would
have been incorrectly assigned from 'ppid'.

However, for exit events, the kernel puts the current task in the 'ppid'
and 'ttid' which is the same as the exiting task. That is 'ppid' ==
'pid' and if the task is not multi-threaded, 'pid' == 'tid' i.e. the
data goes wrong only when tracing multi-threaded programs.

It is hard to find an example of how this would produce an error in
practice. There are 3 occurences of the fix:

1. perf script is only affected if !sample_id_all which only happens on
old kernels.

2. intel_pt is only affected when decoding without timestamps
and would probably still decode correctly - the exit event is
only used to flush out data which anyway gets flushed at the
end of the session

3. intel_bts also uses the exit event to flush data which
would probably not cause errors as it would get flushed at
the end of the session instead

Signed-off-by: Adrian Hunter <>
Cc: Jiri Olsa <>
Signed-off-by: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>
tools/perf/builtin-script.c | 4 ++--
tools/perf/util/intel-bts.c | 2 +-
tools/perf/util/intel-pt.c | 2 +-
3 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/tools/perf/builtin-script.c b/tools/perf/builtin-script.c
index eb51325e8ad9..284a76e04628 100644
--- a/tools/perf/builtin-script.c
+++ b/tools/perf/builtin-script.c
@@ -768,8 +768,8 @@ static int process_exit_event(struct perf_tool *tool,
if (!evsel->attr.sample_id_all) {
sample->cpu = 0;
sample->time = 0;
- sample->tid = event->comm.tid;
- sample->pid = event->;
+ sample->tid = event->fork.tid;
+ sample->pid = event->;
print_sample_start(sample, thread, evsel);
perf_event__fprintf(event, stdout);
diff --git a/tools/perf/util/intel-bts.c b/tools/perf/util/intel-bts.c
index ea768625ab5b..eb0e7f8bf515 100644
--- a/tools/perf/util/intel-bts.c
+++ b/tools/perf/util/intel-bts.c
@@ -623,7 +623,7 @@ static int intel_bts_process_event(struct perf_session *session,
if (err)
return err;
if (event->header.type == PERF_RECORD_EXIT) {
- err = intel_bts_process_tid_exit(bts, event->comm.tid);
+ err = intel_bts_process_tid_exit(bts, event->fork.tid);
if (err)
return err;
diff --git a/tools/perf/util/intel-pt.c b/tools/perf/util/intel-pt.c
index bb41c20e6005..535d86f8e4d1 100644
--- a/tools/perf/util/intel-pt.c
+++ b/tools/perf/util/intel-pt.c
@@ -1494,7 +1494,7 @@ static int intel_pt_process_event(struct perf_session *session,
if (pt->timeless_decoding) {
if (event->header.type == PERF_RECORD_EXIT) {
err = intel_pt_process_timeless_queues(pt,
- event->comm.tid,
+ event->fork.tid,
} else if (timestamp) {

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