From: Thomas Richter <>

Using perf on 4.16.0 kernel on s390 shows this warning:

   failed: can't open node sysfs data

each time I run command perf record ... for example:

  [root@s35lp76 perf]# ./perf record -e rB0000 -- sleep 1
  [ perf record: Woken up 1 times to write data ]
  failed: can't open node sysfs data
  [ perf record: Captured and wrote 0.001 MB (4 samples) ]
  [root@s35lp76 perf]#

It turns out commit e2091cedd51bf ("perf tools: Add MEM_TOPOLOGY feature
to perf data file") tries to open directory named /sys/devices/system/node/
which does not exist on s390.

This is the call stack:
 +---> perf_session__write_header
       +---> perf_header__adds_write
             +---> do_write_feat
                   +---> write_mem_topology
                         +---> build_mem_topology
                               prints warning

The issue starts in do_write_feat() which unconditionally loops over all
features and now includes HEADER_MEM_TOPOLOGY and calls write_mem_topology().

Function record__init_features() at the beginning of __cmd_record() sets
all features and then turns off some of them.

Fix this by changing the warning to a level 2 debug output statement.

So it is only shown when debug level 2 or higher is set.

Signed-off-by: Thomas Richter <>
Cc: Heiko Carstens <>
Cc: Hendrik Brueckner <>
Cc: Martin Schwidefsky <>
Signed-off-by: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>
 tools/perf/util/header.c | 3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/tools/perf/util/header.c b/tools/perf/util/header.c
index 121df1683c36..a8bff2178fbc 100644
--- a/tools/perf/util/header.c
+++ b/tools/perf/util/header.c
@@ -1320,7 +1320,8 @@ static int build_mem_topology(struct memory_node *nodes, 
u64 size, u64 *cntp)
        dir = opendir(path);
        if (!dir) {
-               pr_warning("failed: can't open node sysfs data\n");
+               pr_debug2("%s: could't read %s, does this arch have topology 
+                         __func__, path);
                return -1;

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