Re: [PATCH net-next 1/3] perf, events: add non-linear data support for raw records

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Wed Jul 13 2016 - 03:52:34 EST

On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 12:36:17AM +0200, Daniel Borkmann wrote:
> This patch adds support for non-linear data on raw records. It means
> that for such data, the newly introduced __output_custom() helper will
> be used instead of __output_copy(). __output_custom() will invoke
> whatever custom callback is passed in via struct perf_raw_record_frag
> to extract the data into the ring buffer slot.
> To keep changes in perf_prepare_sample() and in perf_output_sample()
> minimal, size/size_head split was added to perf_raw_record that call
> sites fill out, so that two extra tests in fast-path can be avoided.
> The few users of raw records are adapted to initialize their size_head
> and frag data; no change in behavior for them. Later patch will extend
> BPF side with a first user and callback for this facility, future users
> could be things like XDP BPF programs (that work on different context
> though and would thus have a different callback), etc.

Why? What problem are we solving?