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Subject[PATCH v3] tools/lib/traceevent: Replace str_error_r() with an open coded implementation

From: "Steven Rostedt (VMware)" <>

While working on having PowerTop use libtracevent as a shared object
library, Tzvetomir hit "str_error_r not defined". This was added by commit
c3cec9e68f12d ("tools lib traceevent: Use str_error_r()") because
strerror_r() has two definitions, where one is GNU specific, and the other
is XSI complient. The strerror_r() is in a wrapper str_error_r() to keep the
code from having to worry about which compiler is being used.

The problem is that str_error_r() is external to libtraceevent, and not part
of the library. If it is used as a shared object then the tools using it
will need to define that function. I do not want that function defined in
libtraceevent itself, as it is out of scope for that library.

As there's only a single instance of this call, I replaced it with an open
coded algorithm that uses sys_nerr and sys_errlist error array with
strncpy() to place the error message in the given buffer. We don't need to
worry about the errors that strerror_r() returns. If the buffer isn't big
enough, we simply truncate it.

The sys_nerr and sys_errlist idea was found here:

Cc: Colin Patrick McCabe <>
Reported-by: Tzvetomir Stoyanov <>
Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt (VMware) <>
Changes since v2:

Use sys_nerr and sys_errlist idea.

tools/lib/traceevent/event-parse.c | 9 +++++++--
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/tools/lib/traceevent/event-parse.c b/tools/lib/traceevent/event-parse.c
index 7980fc6c3bac..d23d10bc5314 100644
--- a/tools/lib/traceevent/event-parse.c
+++ b/tools/lib/traceevent/event-parse.c
@@ -18,7 +18,6 @@
#include <errno.h>
#include <stdint.h>
#include <limits.h>
-#include <linux/string.h>
#include <linux/time64.h>

#include <netinet/in.h>
@@ -6215,7 +6214,13 @@ int tep_strerror(struct tep_handle *pevent __maybe_unused,
const char *msg;

if (errnum >= 0) {
- str_error_r(errnum, buf, buflen);
+ if (buflen > 0) {
+ if (errnum < sys_nerr)
+ strncpy(buf, sys_errlist[errnum], buflen);
+ else
+ snprintf(buf, buflen, "Unknown error %d", errnum);
+ buf[buflen - 1] = 0;
+ }
return 0;

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