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From: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>,,
	Linux Trace Devel <>,
	linux-rt-users <>,
	"Steven Rostedt (VMware)" <>,
	Tom Zanussi <>
Subject: [PATCH 5.3 050/148] tracing: Make sure variable reference alias has correct var_ref_idx
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:35:11 +0200
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From: Tom Zanussi <>

commit 17f8607a1658a8e70415eef67909f990d13017b5 upstream.

Original changelog from Steve Rostedt (except last sentence which
explains the problem, and the Fixes: tag):

I performed a three way histogram with the following commands:

echo 'irq_lat u64 lat pid_t pid' > synthetic_events
echo 'wake_lat u64 lat u64 irqlat pid_t pid' >> synthetic_events
echo 'hist:keys=common_pid:irqts=common_timestamp.usecs if function == 0xffffffff81200580' > events/timer/hrtimer_start/trigger
echo 'hist:keys=common_pid:lat=common_timestamp.usecs-$irqts:onmatch(timer.hrtimer_start).irq_lat($lat,pid) if common_flags & 1' > events/sched/sched_waking/trigger
echo 'hist:keys=pid:wakets=common_timestamp.usecs,irqlat=lat' > events/synthetic/irq_lat/trigger
echo 'hist:keys=next_pid:lat=common_timestamp.usecs-$wakets,irqlat=$irqlat:onmatch(synthetic.irq_lat).wake_lat($lat,$irqlat,next_pid)' > events/sched/sched_switch/trigger
echo 1 > events/synthetic/wake_lat/enable

Basically I wanted to see:

 hrtimer_start (calling function tick_sched_timer)


  # grep tick_sched_timer /proc/kallsyms
ffffffff81200580 t tick_sched_timer

And save the time of that, and then record sched_waking if it is called
in interrupt context and with the same pid as the hrtimer_start, it
will record the latency between that and the waking event.

I then look at when the task that is woken is scheduled in, and record
the latency between the wakeup and the task running.

At the end, the wake_lat synthetic event will show the wakeup to
scheduled latency, as well as the irq latency in from hritmer_start to
the wakeup. The problem is that I found this:

          <idle>-0     [007] d...   190.485261: wake_lat: lat=27 irqlat=190485230 pid=698
          <idle>-0     [005] d...   190.485283: wake_lat: lat=40 irqlat=190485239 pid=10
          <idle>-0     [002] d...   190.488327: wake_lat: lat=56 irqlat=190488266 pid=335
          <idle>-0     [005] d...   190.489330: wake_lat: lat=64 irqlat=190489262 pid=10
          <idle>-0     [003] d...   190.490312: wake_lat: lat=43 irqlat=190490265 pid=77
          <idle>-0     [005] d...   190.493322: wake_lat: lat=54 irqlat=190493262 pid=10
          <idle>-0     [005] d...   190.497305: wake_lat: lat=35 irqlat=190497267 pid=10
          <idle>-0     [005] d...   190.501319: wake_lat: lat=50 irqlat=190501264 pid=10

The irqlat seemed quite large! Investigating this further, if I had
enabled the irq_lat synthetic event, I noticed this:

          <idle>-0     [002] d.s.   249.429308: irq_lat: lat=164968 pid=335
          <idle>-0     [002] d...   249.429369: wake_lat: lat=55 irqlat=249429308 pid=335

Notice that the timestamp of the irq_lat "249.429308" is awfully
similar to the reported irqlat variable. In fact, all instances were
like this. It appeared that:


Wasn't assigning the old $irqlat to the new irqlat variable, but
instead was assigning the $irqts to it.

The issue is that assigning the old $irqlat to the new irqlat variable
creates a variable reference alias, but the alias creation code
forgets to make sure the alias uses the same var_ref_idx to access the


Cc: Linux Trace Devel <>
Cc: linux-rt-users <>
Fixes: 7e8b88a30b085 ("tracing: Add hist trigger support for variable reference aliases")
Reported-by: Steven Rostedt (VMware) <>
Signed-off-by: Tom Zanussi <>
Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt (VMware) <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

 kernel/trace/trace_events_hist.c |    2 ++
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

--- a/kernel/trace/trace_events_hist.c
+++ b/kernel/trace/trace_events_hist.c
@@ -2785,6 +2785,8 @@ static struct hist_field *create_alias(s
 		return NULL;
+	alias->var_ref_idx = var_ref->var_ref_idx;
 	return alias;

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