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authorArnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>2010-05-07 14:07:05 -0300
committerArnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>2010-05-07 14:07:05 -0300
commit1cf4a0632c24ea61162ed819bde358bc94c55510 (patch)
treeba5cfceb0bd6b48f15e2993706876035f4a174a4 /tools/perf/Documentation/perf-list.txt
parent4778e0e8c64f683a71632dba1cff1f85f76f83c4 (diff)
perf list: Improve the raw hw event descriptor documentation
It was x86 specific and imcomplete at that, improve the situation by making it clear where the example provided applies and by adding the URLs for the Intel and AMD manuals where this is discussed in depth. Acked-by: Robert Richter <> Cc: Cyrill Gorcunov <> Cc: Frédéric Weisbecker <> Cc: Mike Galbraith <> Cc: Paul Mackerras <> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <> Cc: Tom Zanussi <> Cc: Robert Richter <> Reported-by: Robert Richter < LKML-Reference: <new-submission> Signed-off-by: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>
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diff --git a/tools/perf/Documentation/perf-list.txt b/tools/perf/Documentation/perf-list.txt
index ad765e0b8860..43e3dd284b90 100644
--- a/tools/perf/Documentation/perf-list.txt
+++ b/tools/perf/Documentation/perf-list.txt
@@ -18,8 +18,16 @@ various perf commands with the -e option.
Even when an event is not available in a symbolic form within perf right now,
-it can be encoded as <UMASK VALUE><EVENT NUM>, for instance, if the Intel docs
-describe an event as:
+it can be encoded in a per processor specific way.
+For instance For x86 CPUs NNN represents the raw register encoding with the
+layout of IA32_PERFEVTSELx MSRs (see [Intel® 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual Volume 3B: System Programming Guide] Figure 30-1 Layout
+of IA32_PERFEVTSELx MSRs) or AMD's PerfEvtSeln (see [AMD64 Architecture Programmer’s Manual Volume 2: System Programming], Page 344,
+Figure 13-7 Performance Event-Select Register (PerfEvtSeln)).
+If the Intel docs for a QM720 Core i7 describe an event as:
Event Umask Event Mask
Num. Value Mnemonic Description Comment
@@ -33,6 +41,9 @@ raw encoding of 0x1A8 can be used:
perf stat -e r1a8 -a sleep 1
perf record -e r1a8 ...
+You should refer to the processor specific documentation for getting these
+details. Some of them are referenced in the SEE ALSO section below.
@@ -40,4 +51,6 @@ None
linkperf:perf-stat[1], linkperf:perf-top[1],
+[Intel® 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual Volume 3B: System Programming Guide],
+[AMD64 Architecture Programmer’s Manual Volume 2: System Programming]