perf on low-end hardware

If perf binary is not available:

  • copy the tools/ directory of the current running kernel tree
  • apt-get install flex bison libc-dev libc-dev libelf-dev libslang2-dev libunwind-dev binutils-dev libiberty-dev
  • make -C tools/perf/

If hardware performance counters are not available:

# ./linux/tools/perf/perf record -a factor 2365873330313
PMU Hardware doesn't support sampling/overflow-interrupts.

Then use software cpu-clock event instead:

# /root/linux/tools/perf/perf record -e cpu-clock -a factor 2365873330313
2365873330313: 4567 518036639
[ perf record: Woken up 1 times to write data ]
[ perf record: Captured and wrote 0.119 MB (152 samples) ]
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