Re: [patch 0/3] [Announcement] Performance Counters for Linux

From: David Miller
Date: Fri Dec 05 2008 - 02:50:39 EST

From: Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2008 07:10:12 +0100

> * David Miller <davem@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > From: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2008 23:44:39 -0000
> >
> > > - No interaction with ptrace: any task (with sufficient permissions) can
> > > monitor other tasks, without having to stop that task.
> >
> > This isn't going to work.
> >
> > If you look at the things the perfmon libraries do, you do need to stop
> > the task.
> >
> > Consider counter virtualization as the most direct example. [...]
> Note that counter virtualization is not offered in the perfmon3 patchset
> that has been posted to lkml. (It is part of the much larger 'full'
> perfmon patchset which has not been submitted for integration)

I know, it was yanked out to make a merge more likely.

> Relying on ptrace machinery can be considered one of the bigger design
> mistakes of the permon3 patchset.

I totally disagree.

> We pointed that out in review, and now we demonstrate it via this
> patchset that it can be done much cleaner and much simpler. (Please stay
> tuned for -v2 if you want to see the proof of the pudding.)

I hope it will provide enough for full PAPI library support, otherwise
it's useless for most of the world.
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