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Subject[PATCH] perf: Consistently fail fork on allocation failures

313ccb9615948 ("perf: Allocate context task_ctx_data for child event")

makes the inherit path skip over the current event in case of task_ctx_data
allocation failure. This, however, is inconsistent with allocation failures
in perf_event_alloc(), which would abort the fork.

Correct this by returning an error code on task_ctx_data allocation
failure and failing the fork in that case.

Signed-off-by: Alexander Shishkin <>
kernel/events/core.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/kernel/events/core.c b/kernel/events/core.c
index 8ff1218e91b1..c8203f1b2d20 100644
--- a/kernel/events/core.c
+++ b/kernel/events/core.c
@@ -12026,7 +12026,7 @@ inherit_event(struct perf_event *parent_event,
if (!child_ctx->task_ctx_data) {
- return NULL;
+ return ERR_PTR(-ENOMEM);

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