perfalloc man page

perfalloc — notify pmdaperfevent(1) to disable hardware counter allocation.

Synopsis

$PCP_PMDAS_DIR/perfevent/perfalloc [-D] [-d] [-f lockfile] [-h] [-v] [COMMAND]

Description

perfalloc is a command that notifies the pmdaperfevent(1) to disable hardware counter event collection. This allow unprivileged processes to use the hardware counters.

If the reservation request fails, then perfalloc exits immediately with exit code EXIT_FAILURE. If successful, the perfalloc will run until a kill signal is received. The reservation request persists while perfalloc is running.

Note that pmdaperfevent is affected by the value of the kernel.perf_event_paranoid setting, which can be adjusted by sysctl(8).

If a commandline is given, this is executed as a subprocess of the agent. When the command dies, so does the agent.

A brief description of the command line options follows:

-D
run in the foreground (the default)
-d
run in the background
-f FILE
use FILE as the lock file (default $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/perfevent/perflock)
-h
display a help message and exit
-v
output version number and exit

Bugs

There may be a delay of up to 100 miliseconds between perfalloc requesting the hardware counter disabling and the perfevent pmda processing the request.

The perfalloc process does not check the status of the request and therefore is not able to provide a positive confirmation that the request succeeded and the hardware counters are disabled.

See Also

pmdaperfevent(1), perfevent.conf(3) and sysctl(8).

Referenced By

pmdaperfevent(1).

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