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SubjectRe: [PATCHv2] drivers/perf: arm-ccn: don't log to dmesg in event_init
[adding LKML, linux-perf-users.  Please do so from now on]

On Mon, 21 May 2018 18:19:49 +0100
Mark Rutland <> wrote:

> The ARM CCN PMU driver uses dev_warn() to complain about parameters in
> the user-provided perf_event_attr. This means that under normal
> operation (e.g. a single invocation of the perf tool), a number of
> messages warnings may be logged to dmesg.
> Tools may issue multiple syscalls to probe for feature support, and
> multiple applications (from multiple users) can attempt to open events
> simultaneously, so this is not very helpful, even if a user happens to
> have access to dmesg. Worse, this can push important information out of
> the dmesg ring buffer, and can significantly slow down syscall fuzzers,
> vastly increasing the time it takes to find critical bugs.
> Demote the dev_warn() instances to dev_dbg(), as is the case for all
> other PMU drivers under drivers/perf/. Users who wish to debug PMU event
> initialisation can enable dynamic debug to receive these messages.
> Signed-off-by: Mark Rutland <>
> Cc: Pawel Moll <>
> Cc: Will Deacon <>
> ---

Care to address my comments to the rationale?:



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