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Date:   Mon, 17 Feb 2020 11:21:11 +0100
From:   Thomas Richter <>
Cc:,,, Thomas Richter <>
Subject: [PATCH v4] perf test: Fix test on s390

This test places a kprobe to function getname_flags() in the kernel
which has the following prototype:

  struct filename *
  getname_flags(const char __user *filename, int flags, int *empty)

Variable filename points to a filename located in user space memory.
Looking at
commit 88903c464321c ("tracing/probe: Add ustring type for user-space string")
the kprobe should indicate that user space memory is accessed.

Output before:
   [root@...lp76 perf]# ./perf test  66 67
   66: Use vfs_getname probe to get syscall args filenames   : FAILED!
   67: Check open filename arg using perf trace + vfs_getname: FAILED!
   [root@...lp76 perf]#

Output after:
   [root@...lp76 perf]# ./perf test  66 67
   66: Use vfs_getname probe to get syscall args filenames   : Ok
   67: Check open filename arg using perf trace + vfs_getname: Ok
   [root@...lp76 perf]#

Comments from Masami Hiramatsu:
This bug doesn't happen on x86 or other archs on which user-address
space and kernel address space is same. On some arch (ppc64 in this case?)
user-address space is partially or completely same as kernel address space.
(Yes, they switch the world when running into the kernel) In this case,
we need to use different data access functions for each spaces.
That is why I introduced "ustring" type for kprobe event.
As far as I can see, Thomas's patch is sane. Thomas, could you show us
your result on your test environment?
Thank you

Comments from Thomas Richter:
Test results included above.

Signed-off-by: Thomas Richter <>
 tools/perf/tests/shell/lib/ | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/tools/perf/tests/shell/lib/ b/tools/perf/tests/shell/lib/
index 7cb99b433888..c2cc42daf924 100644
--- a/tools/perf/tests/shell/lib/
+++ b/tools/perf/tests/shell/lib/
@@ -14,7 +14,7 @@ add_probe_vfs_getname() {
 	if [ $had_vfs_getname -eq 1 ] ; then
 		line=$(perf probe -L getname_flags 2>&1 | egrep 'result.*=.*filename;' | sed -r 's/[[:space:]]+([[:digit:]]+)[[:space:]]+result->uptr.*/\1/')
 		perf probe -q       "vfs_getname=getname_flags:${line} pathname=result->name:string" || \
-		perf probe $verbose "vfs_getname=getname_flags:${line} pathname=filename:string"
+		perf probe $verbose "vfs_getname=getname_flags:${line} pathname=filename:ustring"

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