[PATCH] POWER: perf_event: Skip updating kernel counters if register value shrinks

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Thu Apr 7 14:22:57 EST 2011

> > Doesn't that mean that power_pmu_read() can only ever increase the value of
> > the perf_event and so will essentially -stop- once the counter rolls over ?
> > 
> > Similar comments every where you do this type of comparison.
> > 
> > Cheers,
> > Ben.
> Sorry for the nag, but am I missing something about the way the register and
> the previous values are reset in the overflow interrupt handler?

Well, not all counters get interrupts right ? Some counters are just
free running... I'm not sure when that power_pmu_read() function is
actually used by the core, I'm not that familiar with perf, but I'd say
better safe than sorry. When comparing counter values, doing in a way
that is generally safe vs. wraparounds. Eventually do a helper for that.


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