[PATCH 14/17] perf powerpc: Fix kprobe and kretprobe handling with kallsyms on ppc64le

Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo acme at kernel.org
Fri May 6 10:29:37 AEST 2016

From: "Naveen N. Rao" <naveen.n.rao at linux.vnet.ibm.com>

So far, we used to treat probe point offsets as being offset from the
LEP. However, userspace applications (objdump/readelf) always show
disassembly and offsets from the function GEP. This is confusing to the
user as we will end up probing at an address different from what the
user expects when looking at the function disassembly with
readelf/objdump. Fix this by changing how we modify probe address with

If only the function name is provided, we assume the user needs the LEP.
Otherwise, if an offset is specified, we assume that the user knows the
exact address to probe based on function disassembly, and so we just
place the probe from the GEP offset.

Finally, kretprobe was also broken with kallsyms as we were trying to
specify an offset. This patch also fixes that issue.

Reported-by: Ananth N Mavinakayanahalli <ananth at in.ibm.com>
Signed-off-by: Naveen N. Rao <naveen.n.rao at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Acked-by: Balbir Singh <bsingharora at gmail.com>
Cc: Mark Wielaard <mjw at redhat.com>
Cc: Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat at kernel.org>
Cc: Michael Ellerman <mpe at ellerman.id.au>
Cc: Thiago Jung Bauermann <bauerman at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Cc: linuxppc-dev at lists.ozlabs.org
Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/75df860aad8216bf4b9bcd10c6351ecc0e3dee54.1460451721.git.naveen.n.rao@linux.vnet.ibm.com
Signed-off-by: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme at redhat.com>
 tools/perf/arch/powerpc/util/sym-handling.c | 19 ++++++++++++++-----
 1 file changed, 14 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/tools/perf/arch/powerpc/util/sym-handling.c b/tools/perf/arch/powerpc/util/sym-handling.c
index bbc1a50768dd..6974ba0fa065 100644
--- a/tools/perf/arch/powerpc/util/sym-handling.c
+++ b/tools/perf/arch/powerpc/util/sym-handling.c
@@ -71,12 +71,21 @@ void arch__fix_tev_from_maps(struct perf_probe_event *pev,
 			     struct probe_trace_event *tev, struct map *map)
-	 * ppc64 ABIv2 local entry point is currently always 2 instructions
-	 * (8 bytes) after the global entry point.
+	 * When probing at a function entry point, we normally always want the
+	 * LEP since that catches calls to the function through both the GEP and
+	 * the LEP. Hence, we would like to probe at an offset of 8 bytes if
+	 * the user only specified the function entry.
+	 *
+	 * However, if the user specifies an offset, we fall back to using the
+	 * GEP since all userspace applications (objdump/readelf) show function
+	 * disassembly with offsets from the GEP.
+	 *
+	 * In addition, we shouldn't specify an offset for kretprobes.
-	if (!pev->uprobes && map->dso->symtab_type == DSO_BINARY_TYPE__KALLSYMS) {
-		tev->point.address += PPC64LE_LEP_OFFSET;
+	if (pev->point.offset || pev->point.retprobe || !map)
+		return;
+	if (map->dso->symtab_type == DSO_BINARY_TYPE__KALLSYMS)
 		tev->point.offset += PPC64LE_LEP_OFFSET;
-	}

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