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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/4] Perf tool: Enable Arm arch timer counter and arm-spe's timestamp
On Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 03:53:34PM -0300, Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo wrote:
> Em Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 10:06:53AM -0600, Mathieu Poirier escreveu:
> > On Fri, 7 Aug 2020 at 01:16, Leo Yan <> wrote:
> > >
> > > This patch set is to enable Arm arch timer counter and Arm SPE is the
> > > first customer to use arch timer counter for its timestamp.
> > >
> > > Patches 01 ~ 03 enables Arm arch timer counter in Perf tool; patch 01 is
> > > to retrieve arch timer's parameters from mmaped page; patch 02 provides
> > > APIs for the conversion between arch timer's counter and time; patch 03
> > > adds a test for patches 01 and 02.
> > >
> > > As the first customer to use Arm arch timer counter in perf tool, patch
> > > 04 is to generate sample's timestamp for ARM SPE AUX trace data.
> > >
> > > This patch set has been rebased on perf/core branch with the latest
> > > commit c4735d990268 ("perf evsel: Don't set
> > > sample_regs_intr/sample_regs_user for dummy event").
> >
> > The ARM SPE perf tools code is orphan and I don't have the cycles to
> > pick it up. Leo has spent a lot of time in that code and as such I
> > suggest that he starts maintaining it, probably following the same
> > kind of arrangement you and I have for coresight.
> Thats ok with me, I think we should reflect that on the MAINTAINERS
> file, right?
> We have this already:
> R: John Garry <>
> R: Will Deacon <>
> L: (moderated for non-subscribers)
> S: Supported
> F: tools/perf/pmu-events/arch/arm64/
> I think we should have entries for CoreSight and ARM SPE, one listing
> you as the maintainer and the other listing Leo, right?

Fine by me. I'll continue to maintain the in-kernel SPE driver, but I'd love
to see somebody step up to looking after the userspace code. It's seriously
unloved on arm64 :(

I'd even be happy to see one or two M: entries added for
tools/perf/pmu-events/arch/arm64/. I realistically don't have the time to
take that on, but I'd be thrilled if any/all of John, Mathieu and Leo were
to be listed there if they are willing to do so and can spare the time to
look after it. Even just silly things like making sure the thing
cross-compiles have been broken in the recent past, so it's not necessarily
about handling huge amounts of incoming patches.

In other words, rather than slice up the arm64 parts of the perf tool, I'd
argue in favour of a joint maintainership model for all the arm64 bits, if
we have a few willing volunteers.


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