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SubjectRe: [PATCH] perf util: Use target->per_thread and target->system_wide flags
On 22 January 2018 at 16:02, Jin, Yao <yao.jin@linux.intel.com> wrote:
>
>
> On 1/23/2018 5:10 AM, Mathieu Poirier wrote:
>>
>> On 22 January 2018 at 15:15, Jin Yao <yao.jin@linux.intel.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> Mathieu Poirier reports issue in commit ("73c0ca1eee3d perf thread_map:
>>> Enumerate all threads from /proc") that it has negative impact on
>>> 'perf record --per-thread'. It has the effect of creating a kernel event
>>> for each thread in the system for 'perf record --per-thread'.
>>>
>>> Mathieu Poirier's patch ("perf util: Do not reuse target->per_thread
>>> flag")
>>> can fix this issue by creating a new target->all_threads flag.
>>>
>>> This patch is based on Mathieu Poirier's patch but it doesn't use a new
>>> target->all_threads flag. This patch just uses 'target->per_thread &&
>>> target->system_wide' as a condition to check for all threads case.
>>>
>>> Signed-off-by: Jin Yao <yao.jin@linux.intel.com>
>>> ---
>>> tools/perf/util/evlist.c | 2 +-
>>> tools/perf/util/thread_map.c | 4 ++--
>>> tools/perf/util/thread_map.h | 2 +-
>>> 3 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
>>>
>>> diff --git a/tools/perf/util/evlist.c b/tools/perf/util/evlist.c
>>> index 120efd8..9dff74a 100644
>>> --- a/tools/perf/util/evlist.c
>>> +++ b/tools/perf/util/evlist.c
>>> @@ -1106,7 +1106,7 @@ int perf_evlist__create_maps(struct perf_evlist
>>> *evlist, struct target *target)
>>> struct thread_map *threads;
>>>
>>> threads = thread_map__new_str(target->pid, target->tid,
>>> target->uid,
>>> - target->per_thread);
>>> + target->per_thread &&
>>> target->system_wide);
>>
>>
>> At first glance I thought your solution would do the trick but perf
>> record does use target->system_wide when the '-a' switch is used.
>> Moreover specifying the '-a' switch doesn't prevent the '--per-thread'
>> option from being used as well, making both target->perf_thread and
>> target_system_wide equal to true (and that is not good).
>>
>> Although not a fan of adding more to struct target, the advantage of
>> having target->all_threads is that we are guaranteed that it isn't
>> used anywhere else.
>>
>> Let me know what you think,
>> Mathieu
>>
>
> If we specify both '-a' and '--per-thread' to perf record, perf record will
> override'--per-thread'. So now target->per_thread = false, and
> target->system_wide = true.

Just spent time looking at it further and target__validate() will make
sure per thread and cpu wide options are mutually exclusive. I like
your approach better so let's go with that.

Thanks,
Mathieu

>
> If we specify '--per-thread' only to perf record, target->per_thread = true,
> and target->system_wide = false.
>
> So whatever for any case, target->per_thread && target->system_wide is
> false.
>
> Since the parameter is false, in thread_map__new_str(), it will not execute
> the thread_map__new_all_cpus(). So that will not change perf record previous
> behavior.
>
> In perf stat, it allows the case that target->per_thread and
> target->system_wide are all true. That means we want to collect system-wide
> per-thread metrics.
>
> That's my current thinking.
>
> Thanks
> Jin Yao

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