Re: [Rd] profiling C code

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue 21 Feb 2006 - 07:40:06 GMT

On Mon, 20 Feb 2006, Liaw, Andy wrote:

> The last time I tried I didn't have much luck. The gprof manual I could
> find seems to indicate that it can not profile code that are dynamically
> loaded. (I was trying on Linux.) The R source seems to hint otherwise.

grof is not mentioned in any of the R manuals, so what are your referring to? (R-admin talks about `to compile a profiling version of R', not of shared libraries.)

> I'd very much appreciate pointers as well.

You need to use sprof rather than gprof. Here's one relevant thread:

http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/~rking/R/devel/05/02/2351.html

and I am pretty sure there have been others.

Linux has very sketchy info on sprof. However,

http://people.redhat.com/drepper/dsohowto.pdf

has some. I've thought about putting something about this in the R-exts manual

>
> Andy
>
> From: Ross Boylan
>>
>> Does anyone have any advice about profiling C/C++ code in a package
>> under R? Does R need to be built specially for this to work?
>>
>> The FAQ has some entries about profiling but they cover R level
>> profiling; I'm try to get at the C++ code I've written that is called
>> from R.
>>
>> Primary target is Mac OS X.

>>
>> Thanks.
>>
>> Ross Boylan
>>
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