From: Andi Kleen <>

When perf record encounters an error setting up an event it suggests
to enable CONFIG_PERF_EVENTS. This is misleading because:
- Usually it is enabled (it is really hard to disable on x86)
- The problem is usually somewhere else, e.g. the CPU is not supported
or an invalid configuration has been used.

Remove the misleading suggestion.

Signed-off-by: Andi Kleen <>
 tools/perf/util/evsel.c | 3 +--
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/tools/perf/util/evsel.c b/tools/perf/util/evsel.c
index 1ac8d9236efd..66b62570c855 100644
--- a/tools/perf/util/evsel.c
+++ b/tools/perf/util/evsel.c
@@ -2894,8 +2894,7 @@ int perf_evsel__open_strerror(struct perf_evsel *evsel, 
struct target *target,
        return scnprintf(msg, size,
        "The sys_perf_event_open() syscall returned with %d (%s) for event 
-       "/bin/dmesg may provide additional information.\n"
-       "No CONFIG_PERF_EVENTS=y kernel support configured?",
+       "/bin/dmesg | grep -i perf may provide additional information.\n",
                         err, str_error_r(err, sbuf, sizeof(sbuf)),

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