unix% gprof program-name [ data-file ] [ > output-file ] Following the gprof command with “> output-file” causes the output of gprof to be saved to output-file so. Gprof is a profiling program which collects and arranges statistics on your lly, it looks into each of your functions and inserts code at the head. Gprof is a performance analysis tool used to profile applications to determine where time is spent . Searching the Web will turn up Gprof tutorials and more.

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Sets width of output lines to width. Anonymous July 30,6: This produces an analysis file which contains all the desired profiling information. There are various flags available to customize the output of the gprof tool. The result of the last command should be a table, whose rows are the functions, and whose columns tutofial the number of calls, total time spent, self time spent that is, time spent in the function excluding calls to children.

How to install and use profiling tool Gprof on Linux

Note that I have used and will be using -b option so as to avoid tutorrial information in analysis output. Just mentioning that because I see that complaint a lot. The -l option enables line-by-line profiling, which causes histogram hits to be charged to individual source code lines, instead of functions.

So we see that a flat profile containing information related to only function func1 is displayed. This can suggest places where you might try to eliminate function calls that use a lot of tuttorial. The -I option specifies a list of search directories in which to find source files. Will B June 2,1: Since normal call graph records are only generated when functions are entered, this option identifies children that could tutotial been called, but never were. The -Z option causes gprof not to print a tutrial of functions and the number of times each was called.

The format of the file is similar to the output of the program nm. Once the command is executed, you’ll see that a file named gmon.


However, whatever we’ve covered here should be enough to get you started. My only comment here is that what we did get from the few profiling runs tutroial ran to completion helped us identify exactly what the performance problems were.

The only reason I came here is I was trying to remember why gmon. The exact details of how to force the linker to place functions in a particular order is system dependent and out of the scope of this manual.

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Yes, my password is: Also, if it is desired to suppress a specific tutoriial from call graph then this can be achieved by passing the desired function name along with the -Q option to the gprof tool. The man page, by the way, suggests this: This option affects both the flat profile and the call graph.

This file contains a couple of tables flat profile and call graph in tutkrial to some other information. Several forms of output are available from the analysis. As usual in life, it is a matter of using the tool in the right way in addition to using the right gorof and that involves having enough experience in order to interpret it you know, sort of like you don’t use a hammer to put a screw in a screw hole?

I think it is better to make bigger time discrete in functions. Here’s what the man page of Gprof says about information under these two sections:. Mike Dunlavey October 2,1: The -D option causes gprof to ignore symbols which are not known to be functions. If all this sounds a bit confusing at this point tuyorial the part in quotesdon’t worry, as we’ll make things clear through an example.

Get your subscription here. Could you please add details about how gprkf get gmon. Following test code will be used throughout the article:. Ehsan March 16,7: Rewording 3rd from last paragraph: I take it that no one knows why a -pg program just hangs at the end of execution?

In this first step, we need to make sure that the profiling is enabled when the compilation of the code is done. If symspec is specified, print tally only gprod matching symbols.


I was much more concerned about why the profiling build of the app hung at the end, thereby preventing us from collecting the gmon,out files.

Hi Is it possible to set the gmon. The human eye can recognize similarities between state samples stack and data that no summarizing backend of any profiler has any gptof of exposing to the user. I could go into greater detail on any of these if necessary. Many of these options take an optional symspec to specify functions to be included or excluded. While flat profile gives an overview of the timing information of the tutoriaal like time consumption for the execution of a particular function, how many times it was called etc.

Currently only used when printing the function index at the bottom of the call graph. The -n option causes gprofin its call graph analysis, not to propagate times for symbols matching symspec.

That recursion is a tricky confusing issue it only is a problem when trying to construct an annotated call graph.

In very large projects, profiling can save your day by not only determining the parts in your program which are slower in execution than expected but also can help you find many other statistics through which many potential bugs can be spotted and sorted out.

Also, your program needs to have sufficient permissions for gmon. The default is to demangle symbols. The flat profile shows how much time your program spent in each function, and how many times that function was called.

In the second step, the binary file produced as a result of step-1 above is executed so that profiling information can be generated. Anyway, as for why it would hang, a question and a suggestion on figuring out where its having issues:.