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Subject[tip:perf/core] perf cs-etm: Treat NO_SYNC element as trace discontinuity
Commit-ID:  37bb37168dc1b1f5e3ac791aeecd14ef980764fd
Author: Leo Yan <>
AuthorDate: Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:38:26 +0800
Committer: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>
CommitDate: Tue, 18 Dec 2018 12:23:59 -0300

perf cs-etm: Treat NO_SYNC element as trace discontinuity

The CoreSight tracer driver might insert barrier packets between
different buffers, thus the decoder can spot the boundaries based on the
barrier packet; it is possible for the decoder to hit a barrier packet
and emit a NO_SYNC element, then the decoder will find a periodic
synchronisation point inside that next trace block that starts the trace
again but does not have the TRACE_ON element as indicator - usually
because this trace block has wrapped the buffer so we have lost the
original point when the trace was enabled.

In the first case it causes the insertion of a OCSD_GEN_TRC_ELEM_NO_SYNC
in the middle of the tracing stream, but as we were not handling the
NO_SYNC element properly this ends up making users miss the
discontinuity indications.

Though OCSD_GEN_TRC_ELEM_NO_SYNC is different from CS_ETM_TRACE_ON when
output from the decoder, both indicate that the trace data is
discontinuous; this patch treats OCSD_GEN_TRC_ELEM_NO_SYNC as a trace
discontinuity and generates a CS_ETM_DISCONTINUITY packet for it, so
cs-etm can handle the discontinuity for this case, finally it saves the
last trace data for the previous trace block and restart samples for the
new block.

Signed-off-by: Leo Yan <>
Reviewed-by: Mathieu Poirier <>
Cc: Alexander Shishkin <>
Cc: Jiri Olsa <>
Cc: Mike Leach <>
Cc: Namhyung Kim <>
Cc: Robert Walker <>
Cc: coresight ml <>
Signed-off-by: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>
tools/perf/util/cs-etm-decoder/cs-etm-decoder.c | 1 -
1 file changed, 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/tools/perf/util/cs-etm-decoder/cs-etm-decoder.c b/tools/perf/util/cs-etm-decoder/cs-etm-decoder.c
index 1039f364f4cc..bee026e76a4c 100644
--- a/tools/perf/util/cs-etm-decoder/cs-etm-decoder.c
+++ b/tools/perf/util/cs-etm-decoder/cs-etm-decoder.c
@@ -410,7 +410,6 @@ static ocsd_datapath_resp_t cs_etm_decoder__gen_trace_elem_printer(
- break;
resp = cs_etm_decoder__buffer_discontinuity(decoder,
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