PROFIL(3) Linux Programmers Manual PROFIL(3)
profil - execution time profile
int profil(unsigned short *buf, size_t bufsiz, size_t offset, unsigned
Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):
profil(): _BSD_SOURCE || (_XOPEN_SOURCE && _XOPEN_SOURCE < 500)
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 users 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.
Zero is always returned.
Similar to a call in SVr4 (but not POSIX.1-2001).
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.
gprof(1), setitimer(2), sigaction(2), signal(2)
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Linux 2007-07-26 PROFIL(3)