Re: [PATCH 1/3] ARM64: perf: add support for perf registers API

From: Jean Pihet
Date: Thu Jan 16 2014 - 09:49:44 EST


On 15 January 2014 12:07, Will Deacon <will.deacon@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 10:30:48AM +0000, Jean Pihet wrote:
>> Hi Will,
> Hi Jean,
>> On 6 January 2014 19:30, Will Deacon <will.deacon@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > On Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 04:25:30PM +0000, Jean Pihet wrote:
>> >> From: Jean Pihet <jean.pihet@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> >>
>> >> This patch implements the functions required for the perf registers API,
>> >> allowing the perf tool to interface kernel register dumps with libunwind
>> >> in order to provide userspace backtracing.
>> >> Compat mode is also supported.
>> >
>> > [...]
>> >
>> >> +u64 perf_reg_value(struct pt_regs *regs, int idx)
>> >> +{
>> >> + if (WARN_ON_ONCE((u32)idx >= PERF_REG_ARM64_MAX))
>> >> + return 0;
>> >
>> > While this is probably fine, I'd feel more comfortable if you had separate
>> > limit checks for native and compat...
>> In fact in the native and compat modes the same set of registers are
>> accessed, based on the native regs that are registered to the perf
>> event core, cf. the definition of PERF_REGS_MASK in
>> tools/perf/arch/arm64/include/perf_regs.h.
>> The regs set could be registered differently based on the binary to
>> trace, but unfortunately the perf core code does not allow that.
>> I would leave the code as is, what do you think?
> Well, what business would a compat task have accessing registers beyond the
> compat subset? Since we don't expose the PC, we can simply lower the limit
> as the compat registers form a prefix of the native registers, no?
Yes it is a good thing to clamp the range of registers, based on the
compat mode.
Unfortunately the perf core code does not handle the compat mode,
instead it always accesses all _native_ registers.

Here is the proposal (after our discussion on IRC):
- use the current patches on ARM64 so that we have a working solution
that one can test/stress/use on real workloads,
- re-factor the perf core code later to make able to handle multiple
ABIs and corresponding registers sets.

Are you ok with that?


> Will
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