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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] perf tests: Add a test for the ARM 32-bit [vectors] page
On Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 10:19:54AM -0700, Florian Fainelli wrote:
> On 10/24/18 7:10 PM, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> > On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 05:09:05PM -0700, Florian Fainelli wrote:
> >> perf on ARM requires CONFIG_KUSER_HELPERS to be turned on to allow some
> >> independance with respect to the ARM CPU being used. Add a test which
> >> tries to locate the [vectors] page, created when CONFIG_KUSER_HELPERS is
> >> turned on to help asses the system's health.
> >
> > Hi Florian
> >
> > I've suffered the pain from missing CONFIG_KUSER_HELPERS. The
> > segfaults give little clue as to what is going wrong,and gdb is not
> > much use either.
>
> If you have a working backtrace, you can typically see the virtual
> address being in 0xffff_xxxx which gives a bit of a clue, but yes, this
> is not particularly helpful.
>
> >
> > What i don't see here is any clue to CONFIG_KUSER_HELPERS. If the test
> > fails, could you print a message suggesting CONFIG_KUSER_HELPERS on
> > ARM?
>
> Sure, sounds reasonable, thanks for taking a look.

An alternative would be rather than adding this to user programs, to
have the kernel detect it and print a warning itself.

BTW, I note that the help text for CONFIG_KUSER_HELPERS needs to be
updated.

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