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Date:	Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:42:50 +0100
From:	Borislav Petkov <>
To:	Jean Pihet <>
Cc:	Peter Zijlstra <>,
	Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>,
	Robert Richter <>,
	Ingo Molnar <>, Jiri Olsa <>,
	"" <>,
	Tomasz Nowicki <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 00/12] perf, persistent: Add persistent events

On Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 03:54:11PM +0100, Jean Pihet wrote:
> Hi,
> Now that the feature is resurfacing, I would like to take over the
> task for persistent events.
> What is the status of the series, is it close to acceptance?
> AFAICS the patch RFC 12/12 was under discussion, mainly about the
> naming of the ioctls (latest e-mail is in favor of CLAIM/UNCLAIM).
> Any thoughts?
> Let me rebase the code against the latest mainline and re-start the discussion.

That's nice, cool. However, before this thing goes upstream, Ingo wanted
to have also a user for the events, i.e. persistent events integrated
in perf tool. For that, perf tool functionality has to be made generic
enough and thus usable for other tools.

I have started doing that but other stuff preempted me, as it happens :(.
Here's how a splitup would look like, from an older email from Ingo. In
any case, this would need further discussion but I think it is a good

I'm willing to help out as time permits and I'd venture a guess that
Robert would do that too, so please CC us your submissions.


>From Tue Nov 26 19:17:58 2013
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:17:45 +0100
From: Ingo Molnar <>
To: Borislav Petkov <>
Cc: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>, LKML
 <>, Borislav Petkov <>, Jiri Olsa
 <>, Peter Zijlstra <>, Robert Richter
Subject: Re: [PATCH] perf: Move fs.* to generic lib/lk/
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* Borislav Petkov <> wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 04:39:11PM +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> > I see no problem with that - it's basically like util/*.c is, just 
> > between tools.
> But why? Why it is a good thing to have to pay attention to linking 
> to 10 minilibs when you're using 10 utilities for your tool instead 
> of a small number of topic libraries, 2-3 tops?

It's a single line added to the Makefile, the moment a .h is used for 
the first time. That's not any appreciable overhead.

This would also allow us to farm out most of tools/perf/util/ into 
tools/lib/, without any noticeable changes in build performance or 
build dependencies. Down the line it would (hopefully) result in code 
improvements to these infrastructure bits, sourced from different 

> What's wrong with the split:
> * generic stuff
> * trace events
> * perf events
> ?

Well, the natural evolution of interfaces ended up with such a split 

comet:~/tip/tools/perf> ls util/*.h
util/annotate.h   util/hist.h           util/strbuf.h
util/build-id.h   util/intlist.h        util/strfilter.h
util/cache.h      util/levenshtein.h    util/strlist.h
util/callchain.h  util/machine.h        util/svghelper.h
util/cgroup.h     util/map.h            util/symbol.h
util/color.h      util/parse-events.h   util/target.h
util/comm.h       util/parse-options.h  util/thread.h
util/cpumap.h     util/perf_regs.h      util/thread_map.h
util/data.h       util/pmu.h            util/tool.h
util/debug.h      util/probe-event.h    util/top.h
util/dso.h        util/probe-finder.h   util/trace-event.h
util/dwarf-aux.h  util/pstack.h         util/types.h
util/event.h      util/quote.h          util/unwind.h
util/evlist.h     util/rblist.h         util/util.h
util/evsel.h      util/run-command.h    util/values.h
util/exec_cmd.h   util/session.h        util/vdso.h
util/fs.h         util/sigchain.h       util/xyarray.h
util/header.h     util/sort.h
util/help.h       util/stat.h

If we want additional structure to it then it should be done via the 
namespace, not by forcing them into bigger .a's. So this kind of extra 
structure makes sense:


But stuffing them into types.a, formats.a, kernel.a, not so much.

> With "generic stuff" being something like glibc. There's hardly a 
> tool that needs/links to *all* of glibs's functionality yet glibs 
> doesn't get split. Do you see what I mean?

glibc being such a catch-all library is:

 - partly a historic artifact caused by other constraints that don't 
   affect our tooling landscape here

 - partly a political artifact caused by thinking that does not affect 
   our tooling landscape

 - partly a technological mistake.

There's no need for us to repeat that, at least at this stage.

> > What dependencies do you mean? The only constraint is to not make 
> > it circular - but that's easy to do if they are nicely separated 
> > per concept. I don't think rbtree.h ever wants to include cmdline 
> > processing or debugfs processing.
> But if you have a single .a library, you don't care about which 
> minilibrary to link to what. You basically do take libkapi.a and 
> you're good to go - no need to hunt every dependency.

You still need to figure out the .h file - at that point, when you are 
using it for the first time in your tool project, you add the .c file 
to the Makefile - it's not hard and there are real advantages.

> With the split above, for example, libkapi.a links to glibc only. 
> libtraceevent.a and libperfevent.a both link to libkapi.a and glibc. 
> It is all nice and clean.

It does not look that nice and clean once I consider all the nice 
helpers that exist in util/*.[ch] - and which we'd like to share as 


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