Re: [RFC][PATCH 07/11] perf: Provide PERF_SAMPLE_REGS

From: Ingo Molnar
Date: Thu Mar 04 2010 - 12:08:13 EST

* Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Wed, 2010-03-03 at 23:02 +0100, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 03, 2010 at 05:39:43PM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > Simply copy out the provided pt_regs in a u64 aligned fashion.
> > >
> > > XXX: do task_pt_regs() and get_irq_regs() always clear everything or
> > > are we now leaking data?
> >
> >
> > It looks like there is a leak in case of non trace syscalls.
> > where we don't appear to save r12-15.
> >
> > Then task_pt_regs() may leak the top of a process stack...?
> Right, I was afraid of that. I've put this PERF_SAMPLE_REGS thing in the
> freezer for now as people seem unsure how to deal with it.

Also, we dont want to expose PEBS nor LBR on an ABI level without there being
a user-space component making good use of it.

For example tools/perf/ support would qualify. Raw libraries alone dont really
count as they generally lag plus there's no guarantee for a full feedback loop

Adding ABI details is always a tricky business and we only want to do it if
there's direct, immediate, close involvement with the user-space side, and
real, immediate benefits to users.


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