[PATCH 02/11] perf annotate: Inform the user about objdump failures in --stdio

From: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo
Date: Fri Nov 06 2015 - 15:54:53 EST

From: Andi Kleen <ak@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

When the browser fails to annotate it is difficult for users to find out
what went wrong.

Add some errors for objdump failures that are displayed in the UI.

Note it would be even better to handle these errors smarter, like
falling back to the binary when the debug info is somehow corrupted. But
for now just giving a better error is an improvement.

Committer note:

This works for --stdio, where errors just scroll by the screen:

# perf annotate --stdio intel_idle
Failure running objdump --start-address=0xffffffff81418290 --stop-address=0xffffffff814183ae -l -d --no-show-raw -S -C /root/.debug/.build-id/28/2777c262e6b3c0451375163c9a81c893218ab1 2>/dev/null|grep -v /root/.debug/.build-id/28/2777c262e6b3c0451375163c9a81c893218ab1|expand
Percent | Source code & Disassembly of vmlinux for cycles:pp

And with that one can use that command line to try to find out more about what
happened instead of getting a blank screen, an improvement.

We need tho to improve this further to get it to work with other UIs, like
--tui and --gtk, where it continues showing a blank screen, no messages, as
the pr_err() used is enough just for --stdio.

Signed-off-by: Andi Kleen <ak@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Tested-by: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Jiri Olsa <jolsa@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Namhyung Kim <namhyung@xxxxxxxxxx>
Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/1446779167-18949-1-git-send-email-andi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Signed-off-by: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@xxxxxxxxxx>
tools/perf/util/annotate.c | 20 ++++++++++++++++++--
1 file changed, 18 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/tools/perf/util/annotate.c b/tools/perf/util/annotate.c
index 0fc8d7a2fea5..f2974da0185a 100644
--- a/tools/perf/util/annotate.c
+++ b/tools/perf/util/annotate.c
@@ -1084,6 +1084,7 @@ int symbol__annotate(struct symbol *sym, struct map *map, size_t privsize)
struct kcore_extract kce;
bool delete_extract = false;
int lineno = 0;
+ int nline;

if (filename)
symbol__join_symfs(symfs_filename, filename);
@@ -1179,6 +1180,9 @@ fallback:

ret = decompress_to_file(m.ext, symfs_filename, fd);

+ if (ret)
+ pr_err("Cannot decompress %s %s\n", m.ext, symfs_filename);

@@ -1204,13 +1208,25 @@ fallback:
pr_debug("Executing: %s\n", command);

file = popen(command, "r");
- if (!file)
+ if (!file) {
+ pr_err("Failure running %s\n", command);
+ /*
+ * If we were using debug info should retry with
+ * original binary.
+ */
goto out_remove_tmp;
+ }

- while (!feof(file))
+ nline = 0;
+ while (!feof(file)) {
if (symbol__parse_objdump_line(sym, map, file, privsize,
&lineno) < 0)
+ nline++;
+ }
+ if (nline == 0)
+ pr_err("No output from %s\n", command);

* kallsyms does not have symbol sizes so there may a nop at the end.

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