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7. Answers to Common Questions

How do I find which lines in my program were executed the most times?

Compile your program with basic-block counting enabled, run it, then use the following pipeline:

 
gprof -l -C objfile | sort -k 3 -n -r

This listing will show you the lines in your code executed most often, but not necessarily those that consumed the most time.

How do I find which lines in my program called a particular function?

Use `gprof -l' and lookup the function in the call graph. The callers will be broken down by function and line number.

How do I analyze a program that runs for less than a second?

Try using a shell script like this one:

 
for i in `seq 1 100`; do
  fastprog
  mv gmon.out gmon.out.$i
done

gprof -s fastprog gmon.out.*

gprof fastprog gmon.sum

If your program is completely deterministic, all the call counts will be simple multiples of 100 (i.e. a function called once in each run will appear with a call count of 100).


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