Re: [RFC/PATCH] perf: Expand definition of sysfs format attribute

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Mon Apr 08 2013 - 05:05:31 EST

On Mon, 2013-03-04 at 15:21 +1100, Michael Ellerman wrote:
> Make it explicit that the format attributes may define overlapping bit
> ranges. Unfortunately this was left unspecified originally, and all the
> examples show non-overlapping ranges. I don't believe this is an ABI
> change, as we are defining something that was previously undefined, but
> others may disagree.
> The POWER8 PMU would like to define overlapping ranges, as bit ranges in
> the event code have different meanings for certain events. It will also
> allow us to define an overarching "event" field, that encompasses all
> others.
> As far as I can see perf is comfortable with this change, however I am
> not sure if there are any other users of the interface.
> Signed-off-by: Michael Ellerman <michael@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-bus-event_source-devices-format | 6 ++++++
> 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-bus-event_source-devices-format b/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-bus-event_source-devices-format
> index 079afc7..77f47ff 100644
> --- a/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-bus-event_source-devices-format
> +++ b/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-bus-event_source-devices-format
> @@ -9,6 +9,12 @@ Description:
> we want to export, so that userspace can deal with sane
> name/value pairs.
> + Userspace must be prepared for the possibility that attributes
> + define overlapping bit ranges. For example:
> + attr1 = 'config:0-23'
> + attr2 = 'config:0-7'
> + attr3 = 'config:12-35'
> +
> Example: 'config1:1,6-10,44'
> Defines contents of attribute that occupies bits 1,6-10,44 of
> perf_event_attr::config1.

ISTR discussing this with Jiri at some point.. I think we ended up with
being fine with overlapping ranges but having perf issue a warning (not
an error) when attributes of a single event have overlap.

I'm not sure the latter was ever implemented in the userspace side.

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