Re: [PATCH] perf tools: Fix JIT profiling on heap

From: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo
Date: Fri Jan 17 2014 - 09:34:16 EST

Em Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 04:44:04PM +0900, Namhyung Kim escreveu:
> On Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:23:27 +0000, Gaurav Jain wrote:
> > On 1/16/14, 9:37 AM, "Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo" <acme@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > wrote:
> >
> >>Em Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 10:49:31AM +0900, Namhyung Kim escreveu:
> >>> Gaurav reported that perf cannot profile JIT program if it executes
> >>> the code on heap. This was because current map__new() only handle JIT
> >>> on anon mappings - extends it to handle no_dso (heap, stack) case too.
> >>>
> >>> This patch assumes JIT profiling only provides dynamic function
> >>> symbols so check the mapping type to distinguish the case. It'd
> >>> provide no symbols for data mapping - if we need to support symbols on
> >>> data mappings later it should be changed.
> >>
> >>But we do support symbols in data mappings, that is why we have
> >>MAP__VARIABLE, etc, can you elaborate?

> > Does perf support data mappings from perf map files? Could you please
> > share an example of how I may be able to use this.

> IIUC there's no difference between function and data mapping. So you
> can use same perf map file for both - in fact there's no way to use
> different map file in a single task. I guess perf will use it to find

Do the /tmp/perf mapping has any per entry indication on the type of
symbol it is (data, text) like ELF and kallsyms symtabs have?

It is possible for a function and a variable to have the same virtual
address in some architectures (SPARC, iirc), that is why we have
different MAP_ types (FUNCTION, VARIABLE) (which should really be
renamed to TEXT, DATA).

So a 'struct map' for a data mmap should possibly point to a different
'dso' of the JIT /tmp/perf-... style if those maps don't have per entry
indication of text/data.

> only function symbols in function mappings and variables in data
> mapping based on the address it accesses.

Well, the lookup should figure out if the IP refers to TEXT or DATA and
use MAP__{FUNCTION, VARIABLE} accordingly when asking for symbol

> What I wasn't sure is whether JIT program also produces some dynamic data.
> And I think only perf mem command cares about data mappings, no?

Well, I think it would be great to do that kind of data resolution for
JITs the same way it is interesting to do for ELF ones :-)

I need to stare harder at that patch, but with the above in mind, do we
really have to check if the map is MAP__FUNCTION as IIRC this patch

- Arnaldo
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