Segfault in perf tool

From: Stefan Beller
Date: Sun Dec 23 2012 - 16:18:41 EST


I get segmentation faults when running one of these commands:
perf report -g --sort symbol_to
perf report -g --sort symbol_from
perf report -g --sort dso_from
perf report -g --sort dso_to

I am running uname -a
Linux sb 3.5.0-21-generic #32-Ubuntu SMP Tue Dec 11 18:51:59 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

The perf utility crashes in both the version installed perf version
and as well in the self compiled version from the kernel repository v3.8-rc1

gdb output from the perf version included at kernel v3.8-rc1

gdb ../linux/tools/perf/perf
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Reading symbols from /home/sb/OSS/linux/tools/perf/perf...done.
(gdb) r report -g --sort dso_to
Starting program: /home/sb/OSS/linux/tools/perf/perf report -g --sort dso_to
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
Using host libthread_db library "/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/".
# ========
# captured on: Sun Dec 23 20:57:02 2012
# hostname : sb
# os release : 3.5.0-21-generic
# perf version :
# arch : x86_64
# nrcpus online : 8
# nrcpus avail : 8
# cpudesc : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2760QM CPU @ 2.40GHz
# cpuid : GenuineIntel,6,42,7
# total memory : 8133288 kB
# cmdline : /usr/bin/perf_3.5.0-21 record -g ./flare
# event : name = cycles, type = 0, config = 0x0, config1 = 0x0, config2 = 0x0, excl_usr = 0, excl_kern = 0, excl_host = 0, excl_guest = 1, precise_
# HEADER_CPU_TOPOLOGY info available, use -I to display
# HEADER_NUMA_TOPOLOGY info available, use -I to display
# ========
[kernel.kallsyms] with build id 4d9cff231d947ccf8f1cd1cf504a682cad29cae4 not found, continuing without symbols

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
sort__dso_to_cmp (left=0x7fffffffcd70, right=0x24a3320) at util/sort.c:372
372 return _sort__dso_cmp(left->branch_info->,
(gdb) bt
#0 sort__dso_to_cmp (left=0x7fffffffcd70, right=0x24a3320) at util/sort.c:372
#1 0x000000000047bc22 in hist_entry__cmp (right=0x24a3320, left=0x7fffffffcd70) at util/hist.c:386
#2 add_hist_entry (hists=hists@entry=0x79eac0, entry=entry@entry=0x7fffffffcd70, period=1, al=<optimized out>) at util/hist.c:288
#3 0x000000000047cbd6 in __hists__add_entry (self=self@entry=0x79eac0, al=al@entry=0x7fffffffceb0, sym_parent=<optimized out>,
period=<optimized out>) at util/hist.c:376
#4 0x0000000000429d6f in perf_evsel__add_hist_entry (machine=<optimized out>, sample=0x7fffffffcff0, al=0x7fffffffceb0, evsel=0x79ea20)
at builtin-report.c:149
#5 process_sample_event (tool=0x7fffffffd3d0, event=0x7fffed436e08, sample=0x7fffffffcff0, evsel=0x79ea20, machine=<optimized out>)
at builtin-report.c:216
#6 0x000000000046a331 in perf_session_deliver_event (session=session@entry=0x79cd60, event=<optimized out>, sample=sample@entry=0x7fffffffcff0,
tool=tool@entry=0x7fffffffd3d0, file_offset=<optimized out>) at util/session.c:1075
#7 0x000000000046a93f in flush_sample_queue (s=s@entry=0x79cd60, tool=tool@entry=0x7fffffffd3d0) at util/session.c:729
#8 0x000000000046c059 in __perf_session__process_events (session=session@entry=0x79cd60, data_offset=<optimized out>, data_size=<optimized out>,
file_size=63901304, tool=tool@entry=0x7fffffffd3d0) at util/session.c:1459
#9 0x000000000046c56e in perf_session__process_events (self=self@entry=0x79cd60, tool=tool@entry=0x7fffffffd3d0) at util/session.c:1476
#10 0x000000000042aee0 in __cmd_report (rep=0x7fffffffd3d0) at builtin-report.c:371
#11 cmd_report (argc=<optimized out>, argv=<optimized out>, prefix=<optimized out>) at builtin-report.c:765
#12 0x0000000000412c23 in run_builtin (p=p@entry=0x6cb9c8 <commands+168>, argc=argc@entry=4, argv=argv@entry=0x7fffffffe140) at perf.c:318
#13 0x00000000004123bb in handle_internal_command (argv=0x7fffffffe140, argc=4) at perf.c:366
#14 run_argv (argv=0x7fffffffdf30, argcp=0x7fffffffdf3c) at perf.c:410
#15 main (argc=4, argv=0x7fffffffe140) at perf.c:515
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