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Subject[tip:perf/core] perf cs-etm: Set sample flags for exception return packet
Commit-ID:  173e65f6bc354dc07c6be399727a8a48335bccf2
Author: Leo Yan <>
AuthorDate: Tue, 29 Jan 2019 20:28:42 +0800
Committer: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>
CommitDate: Wed, 6 Feb 2019 10:00:40 -0300

perf cs-etm: Set sample flags for exception return packet

When return from exception, we need to distinguish if it's system call
return or for other type exceptions for setting sample flags. Due to
the exception return packet doesn't contain exception number, so we
cannot decide sample flags based on exception number.

On the other hand, the exception return packet is followed by an
instruction range packet; this range packet deliveries the start address
after exception handling, we can check if it is a SVC instruction just
before the start address. If there has one SVC instruction is found
ahead the return address, this means it's an exception return for system
call; otherwise it is an normal return for other exceptions.

This patch is to set sample flags for exception return packet, firstly
it simply set sample flags as PERF_IP_FLAG_INTERRUPT for all exception
returns since at this point it doesn't know what's exactly the exception
type. We will defer to decide if it's an exception return for system
call when the next instruction range packet comes, it checks if there
has one SVC instruction prior to the start address and if so we will
change sample flags to PERF_IP_FLAG_SYSCALLRET for system call return.

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: Suzuki K Poulouse <>
Cc: coresight ml <>
Signed-off-by: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>
tools/perf/util/cs-etm.c | 44 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
1 file changed, 44 insertions(+)

diff --git a/tools/perf/util/cs-etm.c b/tools/perf/util/cs-etm.c
index a714b31656ea..8b3f882d6e2f 100644
--- a/tools/perf/util/cs-etm.c
+++ b/tools/perf/util/cs-etm.c
@@ -1372,6 +1372,20 @@ static int cs_etm__set_sample_flags(struct cs_etm_queue *etmq)
if (prev_packet->sample_type == CS_ETM_DISCONTINUITY)
prev_packet->flags |= PERF_IP_FLAG_BRANCH |
+ /*
+ * If the previous packet is an exception return packet
+ * and the return address just follows SVC instuction,
+ * it needs to calibrate the previous packet sample flags
+ */
+ if (prev_packet->flags == (PERF_IP_FLAG_BRANCH |
+ cs_etm__is_svc_instr(etmq, packet, packet->start_addr))
+ prev_packet->flags = PERF_IP_FLAG_BRANCH |
@@ -1422,6 +1436,36 @@ static int cs_etm__set_sample_flags(struct cs_etm_queue *etmq)
prev_packet->flags = packet->flags;
+ /*
+ * When the exception return packet is inserted, since
+ * exception return packet is not used standalone for
+ * generating samples and it's affiliation to the previous
+ * instruction range packet; so set previous range packet
+ * flags to tell perf it is an exception return branch.
+ *
+ * The exception return can be for either system call or
+ * other exception types; unfortunately the packet doesn't
+ * contain exception type related info so we cannot decide
+ * the exception type purely based on exception return packet.
+ * If we record the exception number from exception packet and
+ * reuse it for excpetion return packet, this is not reliable
+ * due the trace can be discontinuity or the interrupt can
+ * be nested, thus the recorded exception number cannot be
+ * used for exception return packet for these two cases.
+ *
+ * For exception return packet, we only need to distinguish the
+ * packet is for system call or for other types. Thus the
+ * decision can be deferred when receive the next packet which
+ * contains the return address, based on the return address we
+ * can read out the previous instruction and check if it's a
+ * system call instruction and then calibrate the sample flag
+ * as needed.
+ */
+ if (prev_packet->sample_type == CS_ETM_RANGE)
+ prev_packet->flags = PERF_IP_FLAG_BRANCH |
+ break;
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