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SubjectRe: [PATCH 13/17] coresight etr: Do not clean ETR trace buffer
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On 02/11/17 20:36, Mathieu Poirier wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 06:15:49PM +0100, Suzuki K Poulose wrote:
>> We zero out the entire trace buffer used for ETR before it
>> is enabled, for helping with debugging. Since we could be
>> restoring a session in perf mode, this could destroy the data.
>
> I'm not sure to follow you with "... restoring a session in perf mode ...".
> When operating from the perf interface all the memory allocated for a session is
> cleanup after, there is no re-using of memory as in sysFS.

We could directly use the perf ring buffer for the ETR. In that case, the perf
ring buffer could contain trace data collected from the previous "schedule"
which the userspace hasn't collected yet. So, doing a memset here would
destroy that data.

Cheers
Suzuki

>
>> Get rid of this step, if someone wants to debug, they can always
>> add it as and when needed.
>>
>> Cc: Mathieu Poirier <mathieu.poirier@linaro.org>
>> Signed-off-by: Suzuki K Poulose <suzuki.poulose@arm.com>
>> ---
>> drivers/hwtracing/coresight/coresight-tmc-etr.c | 7 ++-----
>> 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/drivers/hwtracing/coresight/coresight-tmc-etr.c b/drivers/hwtracing/coresight/coresight-tmc-etr.c
>> index 31353fc34b53..849684f85443 100644
>> --- a/drivers/hwtracing/coresight/coresight-tmc-etr.c
>> +++ b/drivers/hwtracing/coresight/coresight-tmc-etr.c
>> @@ -971,8 +971,6 @@ static void tmc_etr_enable_hw(struct tmc_drvdata *drvdata,
>> return;
>>
>> drvdata->etr_buf = etr_buf;
>> - /* Zero out the memory to help with debug */
>> - memset(etr_buf->vaddr, 0, etr_buf->size);
>
> I agree, this can be costly when dealing with large areas of memory.
>
>>
>> CS_UNLOCK(drvdata->base);
>>
>> @@ -1267,9 +1265,8 @@ int tmc_read_unprepare_etr(struct tmc_drvdata *drvdata)
>> if (drvdata->mode == CS_MODE_SYSFS) {
>> /*
>> * The trace run will continue with the same allocated trace
>> - * buffer. The trace buffer is cleared in tmc_etr_enable_hw(),
>> - * so we don't have to explicitly clear it. Also, since the
>> - * tracer is still enabled drvdata::buf can't be NULL.
>> + * buffer. Since the tracer is still enabled drvdata::buf can't
>> + * be NULL.
>> */
>> tmc_etr_enable_hw(drvdata, drvdata->sysfs_buf);
>> } else {
>> --
>> 2.13.6
>>

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