GPROF(1)                                                 GPROF(1)

NAME
       gprof - display call graph profile data

SYNOPSIS
       gprof  [ -abcsz ] [ -e|-E name ] [ -f|-F name ] [ -k from-
       name toname ] [ objfile [ gmon.out ] ]

DESCRIPTION
       gprof produces an execution profile of C, Pascal, or  For-
       tran77  programs.  The effect of called routines is incor-
       porated in the profile of each caller.  The  profile  data
       is  taken  from  the  call  graph profile file (`gmon.out'
       default) which is created by programs  that  are  compiled
       with  the -pg option of cc(1), pc(1), and f77(1).  The -pg
       option also links in versions of the library routines that
       are  compiled for profiling.  Gprof reads the given object
       file (the default is `a.out') and establishes the relation
       between  its  symbol table and the call graph profile from
       `gmon.out'.  If more than one profile file  is  specified,
       the  gprof output shows the sum of the profile information
       in the given profile files.

       Gprof calculates the amount of time spent in each routine.
       Next,  these  times  are propagated along the edges of the
       call graph.  Cycles are discovered, and calls into a cycle
       are  made to share the time of the cycle.  The first list-
       ing shows the functions sorted according to the time  they
       represent  including  the time of their call graph descen-
       dants.  Below each function entry is  shown  its  (direct)
       call graph children, and how their times are propagated to
       this function.  A similar display above the function shows
       how  this  function's time and the time of its descendants
       is propagated to its (direct) call graph parents.

       Cycles are also shown, with an entry for the  cycle  as  a
       whole  and a listing of the members of the cycle and their
       contributions to the time and call counts of the cycle.

       Second, a flat profile is given, similar to that  provided
       by prof(1).  This listing gives the total execution times,
       the call counts, the time in milliseconds the  call  spent
       in  the  routine  itself, and the time in milliseconds the
       call spent in the routine  itself  including  its  descen-
       dants.

       Finally, an index of the function names is provided.

OPTIONS
       The following options are available:

       -a     suppresses  the  printing  of  statically  declared
              functions.  If this option is given,  all  relevant
              information  about  the static function (e.g., time
              samples, calls to other functions, calls from other
              functions)  belongs  to  the  function  loaded just
              before the static function in the `objfile' file.

       -b     suppresses the printing of a  description  of  each
              field in the profile.

       -c     the  static call graph of the program is discovered
              by a heuristic that examines the text space of  the
              object  file.   Static-only parents or children are
              shown with call counts of 0.

       -e name
              suppresses the printing of the graph profile  entry
              for  routine  name  and all its descendants (unless
              they have other ancestors that aren't  suppressed).
              More  than  one  -e  option may be given.  Only one
              name may be given with each -e option.

       -E name
              suppresses the printing of the graph profile  entry
              for  routine  name  (and  its  descendants) as -e ,
              above, and also excludes the  time  spent  in  name
              (and its descendants) from the total and percentage
              time computations.   (For  example,  -E  mcount  -E
              mcleanup is the default.)

       -f name
              prints  the  graph profile entry of only the speci-
              fied routine name and its descendants.   More  than
              one  -f  option may be given.  Only one name may be
              given with each -f option.

       -F name
              prints the graph profile entry of only the  routine
              name  and  its descendants (as -f , above) and also
              uses only the times  of  the  printed  routines  in
              total  time and percentage computations.  More than
              one -F option may be given.  Only one name  may  be
              given with each -F option.  The -F option overrides
              the -E option.

       -k fromname toname
              will delete any arcs from routine fromname to  rou-
              tine  toname.   This can be used to break undesired
              cycles.  More than one  -k  option  may  be  given.
              Only  one  pair  of routine names may be given with
              each -k option.

       -s     a profile file `gmon.sum' is produced  that  repre-
              sents the sum of the profile information in all the
              specified profile files.  This summary profile file
              may be given to later executions of gprof (probably
              also with a -s) to accumulate profile  data  across
              several runs of an `objfile' file.

       -v     prints  the  version  number  for  gprof,  and then
              exits.

       -z     displays routines that have zero usage (as shown by
              call  counts and accumulated time).  This is useful
              with the -c option for discovering  which  routines
              were never called.

FILES
       a.out    the namelist and text space.
       gmon.out dynamic call graph and profile.
       gmon.sum summarized dynamic call graph and profile.

SEE ALSO
       monitor(3), profil(2), cc(1), prof(1)

       ``An Execution Profiler for Modular Programs'', by S. Gra-
       ham, P. Kessler, M.  McKusick;  Software  -  Practice  and
       Experience, Vol. 13, pp. 671-685, 1983.

       ``gprof:  A Call Graph Execution Profiler'', by S. Graham,
       P. Kessler, M. McKusick; Proceedings of  the  SIGPLAN  '82
       Symposium  on Compiler Construction, SIGPLAN Notices, Vol.
       17, No  6, pp. 120-126, June 1982.

HISTORY
       Gprof appeared in 4.2 BSD.

BUGS
       The granularity of the sampling is shown, but remains sta-
       tistical at best.  We assume that the time for each execu-
       tion of a function can be expressed by the total time  for
       the  function  divided by the number of times the function
       is called.  Thus the time propagated along the call  graph
       arcs to the function's parents is directly proportional to
       the number of times that arc is traversed.

       Parents that are not themselves  profiled  will  have  the
       time  of  their  profiled children propagated to them, but
       they will appear to be spontaneously invoked in  the  call
       graph  listing,  and  will  not have their time propagated
       further.  Similarly, signal  catchers,  even  though  pro-
       filed,  will  appear  to be spontaneous (although for more
       obscure reasons).  Any profiled children of signal  catch-
       ers  should  have  their times propagated properly, unless
       the signal catcher was invoked during the execution of the
       profiling routine, in which case all is lost.

       The  profiled program must call exit(2) or return normally
       for  the  profiling  information  to  be  saved   in   the
       `gmon.out' file.

                         January 29, 1993                       1