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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 0/5] perf report: Show inline stack
On Donnerstag, 16. März 2017 22:42:22 CET Jin Yao wrote:
> v5: Update according to Milian Wolff's comments. It groups by address
> (then display file/ line), or by function (then display function name).

Thank you Jin, that is really good. I tested it and it works really well for

Arnaldo, could you please consider merging this? It's an extremely useful
feature and direly missing from perf so far.

That said, Jin, here are some observations that could be improved in the
future (I don't think any of these should hold back merging this feature now):

For the following example code build with "-O2 -g" and recorded with "--call-
graph dwarf" I observe some output combinations that could potentially be
improved in the future:

#include <complex>
#include <cmath>
#include <random>
#include <iostream>

using namespace std;

int main()
uniform_real_distribution<double> uniform(-1E5, 1E5);
default_random_engine engine;
double s = 0;
for (int i = 0; i < 10000000; ++i) {
s += norm(complex<double>(uniform(engine), uniform(engine)));
cout << s << '\n';
return 0;

#1 duplicated entries when grouping by function:

perf report --inline --stdio
main (inline)
long, 16807ul, 0ul, 2147483647ul> > (inline)
long, 16807ul, 0ul, 2147483647ul> > (inline)
long, 16807ul, 0ul, 2147483647ul>, double>::operator() (inline)

Here, we see main twice, once for the "real" frame, and once for an inlined
one? Then we see the same function twice as inlined frame, which is also odd.

perf report --inline --stdio --no-children
59.81% cpp-inlining [.] __hypot_finite
std::norm<double> (inline)
main (inline)

Here we see a confusing output. The first "main" frame below "hypot" is
actually code form cpp's complex header which got inlined into main. That
associates the wrong function name to this frame, i.e. "main" instead of
std::norm". When the inline stack is shown below we actually see what happens,
i.e. we eventually end up in main again, but of course this output is not the
best as-is.

But, again: I think these are minor issues, and the feature itself is already
extremely useful and I hope to see it finally merged.

Thanks again Jin for your good work!


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