[PATCH] arm: perf: Fix userspace call stack walking

Will Deacon will.deacon at arm.com
Mon Oct 5 05:32:42 PDT 2015

Hi Drew,

On Thu, Oct 01, 2015 at 06:26:47PM +0100, Drew Richardson wrote:
> I got some undeliverable responses the first time, sorry if you get this twice
> ---
> The layout of stack frames has changed over time. Testing using a
> arm-linux-gnueabi gcc-4.2 from 2007 the original code didn't work but
> this new code does. It also works with clang as well as newer versions
> of gcc.
> gcc has this layout for it's stackframes
> caller_fp
> caller_lr <- fp
> However clang has this layout
> caller_fp <- fp
> caller_lr

Do you have any buy-in from the toolchain people that this won't continue
to change over time? Adding more and more heuristics to walk the stack of
binaries compiled using GCC x.y doesn't really scale...

> Since the layouts are not compatible use a heuristic to determine for
> each stack frame which layout is used.
> Signed-off-by: Drew Richardson <drew.richardson at arm.com>
> ---
>  arch/arm/kernel/perf_callchain.c | 86 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----
>  1 file changed, 76 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)

Please can you update the compat stack walker in
arch/arm64/kernel/perf_callchain.c too?


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