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Date:	Wed, 9 Feb 2011 00:34:44 +0100
From:	Stephane Eranian <>
To:	Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>
Cc:	LKML <>,,
	Peter Zijlstra <>,
	Frédéric Weisbecker <>,
Subject: [BUG] perf: perf report -n shows bogus number of samples


I think the -n option of perf report shows bogus number of samples.

I believe it does not print the number of samples but rather the
number of events if I understand the code in hist_entry__snprintf().
I think that's useless, the number of samples is more useful.

$ perf report -h

 usage: perf report [<options>] <command>

    -i, --input <file>    input file name
    -v, --verbose         be more verbose (show symbol address, etc)
    -D, --dump-raw-trace  dump raw trace in ASCII
    -k, --vmlinux <file>  vmlinux pathname
        --kallsyms <file>
                          kallsyms pathname
    -f, --force           don't complain, do it
    -m, --modules         load module symbols - WARNING: use only with
-k and LIVE kernel
    -n, --show-nr-samples
                          Show a column with the number of samples

$ perf record -e cycles ./repmov
$ perf report -D | fgrep RECORD_SAMPLE | wc -l
$ ./perf report -n
# Events: 86K cycles
# Overhead  Samples    Command      Shared Object                     Symbol
# ........ ..........  .......  .................  .........................
    98.92%238206388334   repmov  repmov             [.] main
     0.08%  189506224   repmov  [kernel.kallsyms]  [k] perf_ctx_adjust_freq
     0.06%  147582706   repmov  [kernel.kallsyms]  [k] perf_event_task_tick

It should be easy to reproduce with any other program.
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