[PATCH 1/1] Return EINVAL when precise_ip perf events are requested on Arm

James Clark james.clark at arm.com
Wed Jan 15 02:58:55 PST 2020

ARM PMU events can be delivered with arbitrary skid, and there's
nothing the kernel can do to prevent this. Given that, the PMU
cannot support precise_ip != 0.

Also update comment to state that attr.config field is used to
set the event type rather than event_id which doesn't exist.

Signed-off-by: James Clark <james.clark at arm.com>
Cc: Will Deacon <will at kernel.org>
Cc: Mark Rutland <mark.rutland at arm.com>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz at infradead.org>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo at redhat.com>
Cc: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme at kernel.org>
Cc: Alexander Shishkin <alexander.shishkin at linux.intel.com>
Cc: Jiri Olsa <jolsa at redhat.com>
Cc: Tan Xiaojun <tanxiaojun at huawei.com>
Cc: Al Grant <al.grant at arm.com>
Cc: Namhyung Kim <namhyung at kernel.org>
Cc: linux-arm-kernel at lists.infradead.org
Cc: linux-kernel at vger.kernel.org
 drivers/perf/arm_pmu.c          | 3 +++
 include/uapi/linux/perf_event.h | 4 ++--
 2 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/perf/arm_pmu.c b/drivers/perf/arm_pmu.c
index df352b334ea7..4ddbdb93b3b6 100644
--- a/drivers/perf/arm_pmu.c
+++ b/drivers/perf/arm_pmu.c
@@ -102,6 +102,9 @@ armpmu_map_event(struct perf_event *event,
 	u64 config = event->attr.config;
 	int type = event->attr.type;
+	if (event->attr.precise)
+		return -EINVAL;
 	if (type == event->pmu->type)
 		return armpmu_map_raw_event(raw_event_mask, config);
diff --git a/include/uapi/linux/perf_event.h b/include/uapi/linux/perf_event.h
index 377d794d3105..3501b2eb168a 100644
--- a/include/uapi/linux/perf_event.h
+++ b/include/uapi/linux/perf_event.h
@@ -38,8 +38,8 @@ enum perf_type_id {
- * Generalized performance event event_id types, used by the
- * attr.event_id parameter of the sys_perf_event_open()
+ * Generalized hardware performance event types, used by the
+ * attr.config parameter of the sys_perf_event_open()
  * syscall:
 enum perf_hw_id {

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