perf probe: Fix probing kretprobes

The commit dfef99cd0b2c ("perf probe: Use ref_reloc_sym based address
instead of the symbol name") converts kprobes to use ref_reloc_sym (i.e.
_stext) and offset instead of using symbol's name directly.  So on my
system, adding do_fork ends up with like below:

  $ sudo perf probe -v --add do_fork%return
  probe-definition(0): do_fork%return
  symbol:do_fork file:(null) line:0 offset:0 return:1 lazy:(null)
  0 arguments
  Looking at the vmlinux_path (7 entries long)
  Using /lib/modules/3.17.6-1-ARCH/build/vmlinux for symbols
  Could not open debuginfo. Try to use symbols.
  Opening /sys/kernel/debug/tracing/kprobe_events write=1
  Added new event:
  Writing event: r:probe/do_fork _stext+456136
  Failed to write event: Invalid argument
  Error: Failed to add events. Reason: Operation not permitted (Code: -1)

As you can see, the do_fork was translated to _stext+456136.  This was
because to support (local) symbols that have same name.  But the problem
is that kretprobe requires to be inserted at function start point so it
simply checks whether it's called with offset 0.  And if not, it'll
return with -EINVAL.  You can see it with dmesg.

  $ dmesg | tail -1
    [125621.764103] Return probe must be used without offset.

So we need to use the symbol name instead of ref_reloc_sym in case of
return probes.

Reported-by: Jiri Olsa <>
Signed-off-by: Namhyung Kim <>
Tested-by: Jiri Olsa <>
Acked-by: Masami Hiramatsu <>
Cc: David Ahern <>
Signed-off-by: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <>
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