[PATCH] pmcannotate tool

Alexander Leidinger Alexander at Leidinger.net
Sun Nov 23 23:39:30 PST 2008

Quoting Attilio Rao <attilio at freebsd.org> (from Mon, 24 Nov 2008  
00:46:29 +0100):

> 2008/11/23, Alexander Leidinger <Alexander at leidinger.net>:
>> Quoting Attilio Rao <attilio at freebsd.org> (from Sun, 23 Nov 2008 14:02:22
>> +0100):
>> > pmcannotate is a tool that prints out sources of a tool (in C or
>> > assembly) with inlined profiling informations retrieved by a prior
>> > pmcstat analysis.
>> > If compared with things like callgraph generation, it prints out
>> > profiling on a per-instance basis and this can be useful to find, for
>> > example, badly handled caches, too high latency instructions, etc.
>> >
>>  Can this also be used to do some code coverage analysis? What I'm
>> interested in is to enable something, run some tests in userland, disable
>> this something, and then run a tool which tells me which parts of specific
>> functions where run or not.
> Yes, this is exactly what it does.
> You can see traces for any sampled PC and so get a profiling anslysis
> on a per-instance basis.

Cool. Would be great if you could provide some example in the man page  
or as a script which shows how to do this for kernel code. This would  
immediately show us how good our regression tests are for their  
specific areas of test.


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