Re: [PATCH] perf tools: enable close-on-exec flag on perf filedescriptor

From: Yann Droneaud
Date: Mon Jan 06 2014 - 16:02:18 EST


Le lundi 06 janvier 2014 Ã 11:43 -0300, Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo a
Ãcrit :
> Em Mon, Jan 06, 2014 at 12:24:36PM +0100, Peter Zijlstra escreveu:

> > acme, ACK? I was thinking I'd keep these two patches together so the
> > entire things lands in tip in one go?
> Nope, it should notice the EINVAL, drop the flag that doesn't work on
> older kernels, retry, so that new tools continue to work on older
> kernels, with yet another fallback.

But it may be difficult to distinguish the 'origin' of EINVAL: is it
from FD_CLOEXEC flag or from an unsupported parameter in the attributes.

> Please take a look at __perf_evsel__open(), probably it will be best to
> add a flag to perf_missing_features, like the one we have for the
> perf_event_attr.mmap2 flag, so that we fail just once, etc.

Unfortunately perf_event_open() is called in multiple places, not only
in __perf_evsel__open(). So a more generic solution should be designed.

Is something like the function proposed in message
<1389022310.13828.9.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> [1]
ok to be added to its own module:

static int cloexec = PERF_FLAG_FD_CLOEXEC;

int perf_flag_fd_cloexec(void)
static int probed;

if (!probed) {
struct perf_event_attr attr = { 0 };
int fd = perf_event_open(&attr, 0, -1, -1,
probed = 1;
if (fd >= 0)
cloexec = 0;

return cloexec;

This function should be used to build the flag passed to



Yann Droneaud

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