Re: [RFC PATCH 0/3]perf/core: extend perf_reg and perf_sample_regs_intr

From: Sukadev Bhattiprolu
Date: Thu Nov 05 2015 - 22:01:54 EST

Peter Zijlstra [peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] wrote:
| On Thu, Nov 05, 2015 at 02:16:15AM +0530, Madhavan Srinivasan wrote:
| > Second patch updates struct arch_misc_reg for arch/powerpc with pmu registers
| > and adds offsetof macro for the same. It extends perf_reg_value()
| > to use reg idx to decide on struct to return value from.
| Why; what's in those regs?

Those are PMU control registers/counters (in Patch 2) that are of
interest only in the context of a PMU interrupt and not relevant
to ptrace itself.

Could we add those registers to 'struct pt_regs' anyway?

We do have 'struct perf_regs' but that seems to be arch nuetral.
If architectures could override that, maybe we could add these
new registers there without touching 'struct pt_regs'.

Even so, lot of perf code depends on 'struct pt_regs'.


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