BUG: sched:sched_migrate_task event tracing returns incorrect events

From: Ronny Tschüter
Date: Thu Jun 10 2010 - 10:56:44 EST


I want to know a little bit more about the execution of my program. Especially I'm interested in cpu migrations of my process. Therefore I use the Linux performance counter infrastructure, set appropriate perf_event attributes and setup the sched:sched_migrate_task event with a system call:
attr.size = sizeof( struct perf_event_attr );
attr.config = event_id; // id of sched:sched_migrate_task event
attr.freq = 0;
attr.sample_freq = 1;
fd = syscall( __NR_perf_counter_open, &attr, getpid(), -1, -1, 0 );
Finally to read the events I map the kernel event buffer via mmap and process every event in this buffer. However I run into two problems:

(1) I need root privileges to open the counter successfully. Without root privileges syscall returns -1. I think that is not OK because users should be allowed to create per task counters.

(2) The buffer contains events that aren't caused by my process (i.e. the COMM field does not contain the name of my process and the PID field is not equal to the pid of my process).

Some information about my system:
Processor: Core 2 Duo E6750
Kernel information: Linux version 2.6.34-100610-1530 (gcc version 4.4.3 (Ubuntu 4.4.3-4ubuntu5) ) #1 SMP

This behaviour could also be observed in tests with
- Linux version (gcc version 4.4.1 (Ubuntu 4.4.1-4ubuntu9) ) #1 SMP
- Linux version 2.6.32-22-generic (buildd@yellow) (gcc version 4.4.3 (Ubuntu 4.4.3-4ubuntu5) ) #36-Ubuntu SMP (Ubuntu 10.04)

Bye, Ronny Tschueter

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