[PATCH 06/10] perf tools: Support using -f to override perf.data file ownership for mem

From: Yunlong Song
Date: Thu Apr 02 2015 - 09:47:06 EST

Enable perf mem to use perf.data when it is not owned by current user or


# perf mem -t load record ls
# chown Yunlong.Song:Yunlong.Song perf.data
# ls -al perf.data
-rw------- 1 Yunlong.Song Yunlong.Song 16392 Apr 2 14:34 perf.data
# id
uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root),64(pkcs11)

Before this patch:

# perf mem -D report
File perf.data not owned by current user or root (use -f to override)
# perf mem -D -f report
Error: unknown switch `f'

usage: perf mem [<options>] {record|report}

-t, --type <type> memory operations(load,store) Default load,store
-D, --dump-raw-samples
dump raw samples in ASCII
-U, --hide-unresolved
Only display entries resolved to a symbol
-i, --input <file> input file name
-C, --cpu <cpu> list of cpus to profile
-x, --field-separator <separator>
separator for columns, no spaces will be added
between columns '.' is reserved.

As shown above, the -f option does not work at all.

After this patch:

# perf mem -D report
File perf.data not owned by current user or root (use -f to override)
# perf mem -D -f report
39095 39095 0xffffffff81127e40 0x016ffff887f45148338 8 0x68100142
39095 39095 0xffffffff8100a3fe 0xffff89007f8cb7d0 6 0x68100142
39095 39095 0xffffffff81309139 0xffff88bf44c9ded8 6 0x68100142
39095 39095 0xffffffff810f8c4c 0xffff89007f8ccd88 6 0x68100142
39095 39095 0xffffffff81136346 0xffff88fea995dd50 6 0x68100142
39095 39095 0xffffffff812a64a2 0xffff88fea995dcc8 6 0x68100142
39095 39095 0x7f0cf877c7e9 0x25dfb94 6 0x68100142
39095 39095 0x7f0cf87575a3 0x7f0cf9163731 6 0x68100142
39095 39095 0xffffffff8116910e 0xffffea01c1bfbd50 23 0x68100242

As shown above, the -f option really works now.

Signed-off-by: Yunlong Song <yunlong.song@xxxxxxxxxx>
tools/perf/builtin-mem.c | 3 +++
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/tools/perf/builtin-mem.c b/tools/perf/builtin-mem.c
index b4dcf0b..675216e 100644
--- a/tools/perf/builtin-mem.c
+++ b/tools/perf/builtin-mem.c
@@ -15,6 +15,7 @@ struct perf_mem {
char const *input_name;
bool hide_unresolved;
bool dump_raw;
+ bool force;
int operation;
const char *cpu_list;
@@ -120,6 +121,7 @@ static int report_raw_events(struct perf_mem *mem)
struct perf_data_file file = {
.path = input_name,
+ .force = mem->force,
int err = -EINVAL;
int ret;
@@ -290,6 +292,7 @@ int cmd_mem(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix __maybe_unused)
"separator for columns, no spaces will be added"
" between columns '.' is reserved."),
+ OPT_BOOLEAN('f', "force", &mem.force, "don't complain, do it"),
const char *const mem_subcommands[] = { "record", "report", NULL };

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