profil


SYNOPSIS
       #include <unistd.h>

       int  profil(unsigned short *buf, size_t bufsiz, size_t offset, unsigned
       int scale);

   Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):

       profil(): _BSD_SOURCE || (_XOPEN_SOURCE && _XOPEN_SOURCE < 500)

DESCRIPTION
       This routine provides a means to find out in what  areas  your  program
       spends  most  of  its time.  The argument buf points to bufsiz bytes of
       core.  Every virtual 10 milliseconds, the user's program  counter  (PC)
       is examined: offset is subtracted and the result is multiplied by scale
       and divided by 65536.  If the resulting value is less than bufsiz, then
       the corresponding entry in buf is incremented.  If buf is NULL, profil-
       ing is disabled.

RETURN VALUE
       Zero is always returned.

CONFORMING TO
       Similar to a call in SVr4 (but not POSIX.1-2001).

BUGS
       profil() cannot be used on a program that also uses ITIMER_PROF  inter-
       val timers (see setitimer(2)).

       True  kernel  profiling  provides more accurate results.  Libc 4.4 con-
       tained a kernel patch providing a system call profil.

SEE ALSO
       gprof(1), setitimer(2), sigaction(2), signal(2)

COLOPHON
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       description  of  the project, and information about reporting bugs, can
       be found at http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/.



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