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Commit-ID: 696b97a5d2de9e2b22699300835e675dfffe8592
Author: Dave Martin <dave.martin(a)>
AuthorDate: Mon, 9 Aug 2010 12:21:18 +0100
Committer: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme(a)>
CommitDate: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 16:10:36 -0300

perf symbols: Ignore mapping symbols on ARM

ARM ELF files use symbols with special names $a, $t, $d to identify regions of
ARM code, Thumb code and data within code sections. This can cause confusing
output from the perf tools, especially for partially stripped binaries, or
binaries containing user-added zero-sized symbols (which may occur in
hand-written assembler which hasn't been fully annotated with .size

This patch filters out these symbols at load time.

LKML-Reference: <1281352878-8735-2-git-send-email-dave.martin(a)>
Signed-off-by: Dave Martin <dave.martin(a)>
Signed-off-by: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme(a)>
tools/perf/util/symbol.c | 10 ++++++++++
1 files changed, 10 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/tools/perf/util/symbol.c b/tools/perf/util/symbol.c
index b6f5970..1a36773 100644
--- a/tools/perf/util/symbol.c
+++ b/tools/perf/util/symbol.c
@@ -1079,6 +1079,16 @@ static int dso__load_sym(struct dso *self, struct map *map, const char *name,
if (!is_label && !elf_sym__is_a(&sym, map->type))

+ /* Reject ARM ELF "mapping symbols": these aren't unique and
+ * don't identify functions, so will confuse the profile
+ * output: */
+ if (ehdr.e_machine == EM_ARM) {
+ if (!strcmp(elf_name, "$a") ||
+ !strcmp(elf_name, "$d") ||
+ !strcmp(elf_name, "$t"))
+ continue;
+ }
if (opdsec && sym.st_shndx == opdidx) {
u32 offset = sym.st_value - opdshdr.sh_addr;
u64 *opd = opddata->d_buf + offset;
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