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Re: [PATCH v5 10/12] MIPS/Perf-events: allow modules to get pmu number o

To: Deng-Cheng Zhu <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v5 10/12] MIPS/Perf-events: allow modules to get pmu number of counters
From: David Daney <>
Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 16:16:29 -0700
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On 05/27/2010 06:03 AM, Deng-Cheng Zhu wrote:
Oprofile module needs a function to get the number of pmu counters in its
high level interfaces.

Signed-off-by: Deng-Cheng Zhu<>
  arch/mips/include/asm/pmu.h   |    1 +
  arch/mips/kernel/perf_event.c |    6 ++++++
  2 files changed, 7 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/mips/include/asm/pmu.h b/arch/mips/include/asm/pmu.h
index 16d4fcd..023a915 100644
--- a/arch/mips/include/asm/pmu.h
+++ b/arch/mips/include/asm/pmu.h
@@ -114,5 +114,6 @@ enum mips_pmu_id {
  extern const char *mips_pmu_names[];

  extern enum mips_pmu_id mipspmu_get_pmu_id(void);
+extern int mipspmu_get_max_events(void);

  #endif /* __MIPS_PMU_H__ */
diff --git a/arch/mips/kernel/perf_event.c b/arch/mips/kernel/perf_event.c
index f05e2b1..dc3a553 100644
--- a/arch/mips/kernel/perf_event.c
+++ b/arch/mips/kernel/perf_event.c
@@ -140,6 +140,12 @@ enum mips_pmu_id mipspmu_get_pmu_id(void)

+int mipspmu_get_max_events(void)
+       return mipspmu ? mipspmu->num_counters : 0;

Why is it called 'max_events' when it is returning the number of counters? How about mipspmu_get_max_counters?

Do we even need this accessor?

Why not just query it from the struct mips_pmu? Don't you need the mipspmu structure anyhow to be able to use the counters?

David Daney

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