perf sort: Fix symbol sort output by separating unresolved samples by type
authorAnton Blanchard <anton@samba.org>
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 01:51:45 +0000 (11:51 +1000)
committerArnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@redhat.com>
Fri, 23 Sep 2011 17:37:17 +0000 (14:37 -0300)
commit6bb8f311a870d6042e0310309eb3d607ae52fe3e
tree18fae0525c4abf2a13bec13d38f7d77b96ad3b0d
parent6a0e55d85babfccfd976703852ec8bab388b3a10
perf sort: Fix symbol sort output by separating unresolved samples by type

I took a profile that suggested 60% of total CPU time was in the
hypervisor:

...
    60.20%  [H] 0x33d43c
     4.43%  [k] ._spin_lock_irqsave
     1.07%  [k] ._spin_lock

Using perf stat to get the user/kernel/hypervisor breakdown contradicted
this.

The problem is we merge all unresolved samples into the one unknown
bucket. If add a comparison by sample type to sort__sym_cmp we get the
real picture:

...
    57.11%  [.] 0x80fbf63c
     4.43%  [k] ._spin_lock_irqsave
     1.07%  [k] ._spin_lock
     0.65%  [H] 0x33d43c

So it was almost all userspace, not hypervisor as the initial profile
suggested.

I found another issue while adding this. Symbol sorting sometimes shows
multiple entries for the unknown bucket:

...
    16.65%  [.] 0x6cd3a8
     7.25%  [.] 0x422460
     5.37%  [.] yylex
     4.79%  [.] malloc
     4.78%  [.] _int_malloc
     4.03%  [.] _int_free
     3.95%  [.] hash_source_code_string
     2.82%  [.] 0x532908
     2.64%  [.] 0x36b538
     0.94%  [H] 0x8000000000e132a4
     0.82%  [H] 0x800000000000e8b0

This happens because we aren't consistent with our sorting. On
one hand we check to see if both symbols match and for two unresolved
samples sym is NULL so we match:

        if (left->ms.sym == right->ms.sym)
                return 0;

On the other hand we use sample IP for unresolved samples when
comparing against a symbol:

       ip_l = left->ms.sym ? left->ms.sym->start : left->ip;
       ip_r = right->ms.sym ? right->ms.sym->start : right->ip;

This means unresolved samples end up spread across the rbtree and we
can't merge them all.

If we use cmp_null all unresolved samples will end up in the one bucket
and the output makes more sense:

...
    39.12%  [.] 0x36b538
     5.37%  [.] yylex
     4.79%  [.] malloc
     4.78%  [.] _int_malloc
     4.03%  [.] _int_free
     3.95%  [.] hash_source_code_string
     2.26%  [H] 0x800000000000e8b0

Acked-by: Eric B Munson <emunson@mgebm.net>
Cc: Eric B Munson <emunson@mgebm.net>
Cc: Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@gmail.com>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>
Cc: Paul Mackerras <paulus@samba.org>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl>
Cc: Ian Munsie <imunsie@au1.ibm.com>
Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/20110831115145.4f598ab2@kryten
Signed-off-by: Anton Blanchard <anton@samba.org>
Signed-off-by: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@redhat.com>
tools/perf/util/sort.c