Obtaining and running oprofile

Февраль 20th, 2014 | Posted by elenst in Pensieve | Testing

It’s not that easy to get oprofile nowadays… Shame, really.


For Precise, found it here: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/oprofile/0.9.6-1.3ubuntu1
Plain deb files, e.g. for amd64



dpkg --install libopagent1_0.9.6-1.3ubuntu1_amd64.deb oprofile_0.9.6-1.3ubuntu1_amd64.deb
worked like a charm.

For Wheezy, used the Squeeze repo:

deb http://ftp.ru.debian.org/debian squeeze main

Also had to install keys

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com ...

and then apt-get install just worked.


Installing it in the Wheezy VM was useless. It turns out that oprofile does not work in a VM.
Well, technically it works, if you set sudo modprobe oprofile timer=1, but then it returns something like that:

1043 75.8545 /data/repo/10.0/sql/mysqld my_timer_cycles
313 22.7636 /data/repo/10.0/storage/federatedx/ha_federatedx.so federatedx_io_mysql::mark_position(st_federatedx_result*, void*)
6 0.4364 /data/repo/10.0/sql/mysqld code_state
3 0.2182 /no-vmlinux /no-vmlinux
2 0.1455 /data/repo/10.0/sql/mysqld _db_enter_

No much use.

On Precise, it required running

sudo bash -c "echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/nmi_watchdog"

and then it actually worked.

To run (for mysqld):

sudo opcontrol --init
sudo opcontrol --setup --separate=lib,kernel,thread --no-vmlinux
sudo opcontrol --start-daemon
sudo opcontrol --start

Then do stuff in mysqld that needs to be profiled. Then

sudo opcontrol --dump
sudo opreport --demangle=smart --symbols --long-filenames --merge \
tgid path-to-mysqld | head -n 20
sudo opcontrol --stop
sudo opcontrol --deinit
sudo opcontrol --reset

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