Re: [PATCH 1/1] perf arm-spe: extend Arm SPE test script with regression testing

From: Leo Yan
Date: Tue Nov 23 2021 - 00:19:37 EST

Hi German,

On Fri, Nov 12, 2021 at 04:20:03PM +0000, German Gomez wrote:
> Extend the script to test for regressions in the
> decoding flow of Arm SPE samples. In order to support the tests, a set
> of files has been generated offline and is being hosted under
> tools/perf/tests/shell/test_arm_spe.tgz:

Seems to me it's not a good idea to upstream perf data binaries into the
mainline kernel. I understood you want to test the perf data with
different context tracing modes (using contextidr vs switch events),
since these two different modes we cannot capture them with the same
kernel Image, I think this is the main reason you upstreamed the perf
data binaries in this patch.

On the other hand, like CoreSight smoke testing, by default we can give
priority for testing root PID namespace, so you could do the test with
below commands, which is assumed that tracing PID in contextidr:

perf record -e arm_spe_0// -- test_program
perf report
perf script

Then, for testing non-root PID namespace, can we use the command
"unshare" to create a namespace and run perf tool in a non-root
PID namespace? In this way, you could record Arm SPE trace data and
decode it on the fly. Finally we can avoid to upstream perf data