[PATCH v1 3/3] perf tests: Disable bp_signal testing for arm64

From: Leo Yan
Date: Fri Oct 18 2019 - 04:56:40 EST

As there have several discussions for enabling Perf breakpoint signal
testing on arm64 platform; arm64 needs to rely on single-step to execute
the breakpointed instruction and then reinstall the breakpoint exception
handler. But if hook the breakpoint with a signal, the signal handler
will do the stepping rather than the breakpointed instruction, this
causes infinite loops as below:

Kernel space | Userspace
| __test_function() -> hit
| breakpoint
breakpoint_handler() |
`-> user_enable_single_step() |
do_signal() |
| sig_handler() -> Step one
| instruction and
| trap to kernel
single_step_handler() |
`-> reinstall_suspended_bps() |
| __test_function() -> hit
| breakpoint again and
| repeat up flow infinitely

As Will Deacon mentioned [1]: "that we require the overflow handler to
do the stepping on arm/arm64, which is relied upon by GDB/ptrace. The
hw_breakpoint code is a complete disaster so my preference would be to
rip out the perf part and just implement something directly in ptrace,
but it's a pretty horrible job". Though Will commented this on arm
architecture, but the comment also can apply on arm64 architecture.

For complete information, I searched online and found a few years back,
Wang Nan sent one patch 'arm64: Store breakpoint single step state into
pstate' [2]; the patch tried to resolve this issue by avoiding single
stepping in signal handler and defer to enable the signal stepping when
return to __test_function(). The fixing was not merged due to the
concern for missing to handle different usage cases.

Based on the info, the most feasible way is to skip Perf breakpoint
signal testing for arm64 and this could avoid the duplicate
investigation efforts when people see the failure. This patch skips
this case on arm64 platform, which is same with arm architecture.

[1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/11/15/205
[2] https://lkml.org/lkml/2015/12/23/477

Signed-off-by: Leo Yan <leo.yan@xxxxxxxxxx>
tools/perf/tests/bp_signal.c | 15 ++++++---------
1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)

diff --git a/tools/perf/tests/bp_signal.c b/tools/perf/tests/bp_signal.c
index c1c2c13de254..166f411568a5 100644
--- a/tools/perf/tests/bp_signal.c
+++ b/tools/perf/tests/bp_signal.c
@@ -49,14 +49,6 @@ asm (
"incq (%rdi)\n"
-#elif defined (__aarch64__)
-extern void __test_function(volatile long *ptr);
-asm (
- ".globl __test_function\n"
- "__test_function:\n"
- "str x30, [x0]\n"
- "ret\n");
static void __test_function(volatile long *ptr)
@@ -302,10 +294,15 @@ bool test__bp_signal_is_supported(void)
* stepping into the SIGIO handler and getting stuck on the
* breakpointed instruction.
+ * Since arm64 has the same issue with arm for the single-step
+ * handling, this case also gets suck on the breakpointed
+ * instruction.
+ *
* Just disable the test for these architectures until these
* issues are resolved.
-#if defined(__powerpc__) || defined(__s390x__) || defined(__arm__)
+#if defined(__powerpc__) || defined(__s390x__) || defined(__arm__) || \
+ defined(__aarch64__)
return false;
return true;