Re: [PATCH 04/12] perf_events: sync branch stack sampling with X86 precise_sampling

From: Stephane Eranian
Date: Fri Oct 07 2011 - 06:34:54 EST

On Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 7:25 PM, Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-10-06 at 16:49 +0200, Stephane Eranian wrote:
>> On Intel X86 PERF_SAMPLE_BRANCH_STACK is implemented using LBR,
>> therefore both features must be coordinated as they may not
>> configure LBR the same way.
> Differently, you mean? Both wanting the same configuration seems fine.
No, I meant you can allow LBR + precise_sampling>1 ONLY when
users set LBR to record ALL branches and at the same priv levels. In
other words,
you're exposing the LBR content used by the fixup code.

One could argue, that if LBR is set to filter certain branches, it may
also be okay,
it's just that you won't necessarily get the same number of successful
fixups. The
samples are tagged when fixups were successful, so that may also be an viable
option. Best effort given the content of the LBR. Depending on the
code, that might
be slightly better than dropping to precise_sampling=1 (no fixups).
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