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Date:   Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:58:50 +0100
From:   Peter Zijlstra <>
To:     Alexei Starovoitov <>
Cc:     Song Liu <>,,,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/6] perf: Add new type PERF_TYPE_PROBE

On Sat, Nov 25, 2017 at 05:59:54PM -0800, Alexei Starovoitov wrote:

> If we were poking into 'struct perf_event_attr __user *uptr'
> directly like get|put_user(.., &uptr->config)
> then 32-bit user space with 4-byte aligned u64s would cause
> 64-bit kernel to trap on archs like sparc.

But surely archs that have hardware alignment requirements have __u64 ==
__aligned_u64 ?

It's just that the structure layout can change between archs that have
__u64 != __aligned_u64 and __u64 == __aligned_u64.

But I would argue an architecture that has hardware alignment
requirements and has an unaligned __u64 is just plain broken.

> But in this case you're right. We can use config[12] as-is, since these
> u64 fields are passing the value one way only (into the kernel) and
> we do full perf_copy_attr() first and all further accesses are from
> copied structure and u64_to_user_ptr(event->attr.config) will be fine.

Right. Also note that there are no holes in perf_event_attr, if the
structure itself is allocated aligned the individual fields will be

> Do you mind we do
> union {
>  __u64 file_path;
>  __u64 func_name;
>  __u64 config;
> };
> and similar with config1 ?

> Or prefer that we use 'config/config1' to store string+offset there?
> I think config/config1 is cleaner than config1/config2

I would prefer you use config1/config2 for this and leave config itself
for modifiers (like the retprobe thing). It also better lines up with
the BP stuff.

A little something like so perhaps:

diff --git a/include/uapi/linux/perf_event.h b/include/uapi/linux/perf_event.h
index 362493a2f950..b6e76512f757 100644
--- a/include/uapi/linux/perf_event.h
+++ b/include/uapi/linux/perf_event.h
@@ -380,10 +380,14 @@ struct perf_event_attr {
 	__u32			bp_type;
 	union {
 		__u64		bp_addr;
+		__u64		uprobe_path;
+		__u64		kprobe_func;
 		__u64		config1; /* extension of config */
 	union {
 		__u64		bp_len;
+		__u64		kprobe_addr;
+		__u64		probe_offset;
 		__u64		config2; /* extension of config1 */
 	__u64	branch_sample_type; /* enum perf_branch_sample_type */

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