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SubjectRe: [RFC 09/11] coresight: etm-perf: Disable the path before capturing the trace data
On 11/10/20 12:45 PM, Anshuman Khandual wrote:
> perf handle structure needs to be shared with the TRBE IRQ handler for
> capturing trace data and restarting the handle. There is a probability
> of an undefined reference based crash when etm event is being stopped
> while a TRBE IRQ also getting processed. This happens due the release
> of perf handle via perf_aux_output_end(). This stops the sinks via the
> link before releasing the handle, which will ensure that a simultaneous
> TRBE IRQ could not happen.

Or in other words :

We now have :




This is problematic due to various reasons :

1) The semantics of update_buffer() is not clear. i.e, whether it
should leave the "sink" "stopped" or "disabled" or "active"

2) This breaks the recommended trace collection sequence of
"flush" and "stop" from source to the sink for trace collection.
i.e, we stop the source now. But don't flush the components
from source to sink, rather we stop and flush from the sink.
And we flush and stop the path after we have collected the
trace data at sink, which is pointless.

3) For a sink with IRQ handler, if we don't stop the sink with
update_buffer(), we could have a situation :


perf_aux_outpuf_end(handle) # handle is invalid now

-----------------> IRQ -> irq_handler()
perf_aux_output_end(handle) # Wrong !


The sysfs mode is fine, as we defer the trace collection to disable_path().

The proposed patch is still racy, as we could still hit the problem.

So, to avoid all of these situations, I think we should defer the the
update_buffer() to sink_ops->disable(), when we have flushed and stopped
the all the components upstream and avoid any races with the IRQ



disable_path(handle); // similar to the enable_path

sink_ops->disable(csdev, handle)
/* flush & stop */

/* collect trace */
perf_aux_output_end(handle, size);

Kind regards

> Signed-off-by: Anshuman Khandual <>
> ---
> This might cause problem with traditional sink devices which can be
> operated in both sysfs and perf mode. This needs to be addressed
> correctly. One option would be to move the update_buffer callback
> into the respective sink devices. e.g, disable().
> drivers/hwtracing/coresight/coresight-etm-perf.c | 2 ++
> 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/drivers/hwtracing/coresight/coresight-etm-perf.c b/drivers/hwtracing/coresight/coresight-etm-perf.c
> index 534e205..1a37991 100644
> --- a/drivers/hwtracing/coresight/coresight-etm-perf.c
> +++ b/drivers/hwtracing/coresight/coresight-etm-perf.c
> @@ -429,7 +429,9 @@ static void etm_event_stop(struct perf_event *event, int mode)
> size = sink_ops(sink)->update_buffer(sink, handle,
> event_data->snk_config);
> + coresight_disable_path(path);
> perf_aux_output_end(handle, size);
> + return;
> }
> /* Disabling the path make its elements available to other sessions */

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