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

From: German Gomez
Date: Tue Nov 23 2021 - 06:41:49 EST

Hi Leo,

Thanks for the comments.

On 23/11/2021 05:19, Leo Yan wrote:
> 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.

For this patch I wanted to test the decoding of SPE events, given fixed
inputs, in order to lock the current implementation of the decoder.

> 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
> binaries.

I think adding additional smoke testing is a good idea. We could also
check if CONTEXTIDR is enabled in the config (either /boot/config... or


> Thanks,
> Leo