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Last Post 12 Aug 2008 10:11 PM by
Use of oprofile and gprof
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11 Aug 2008 09:46 AM

    I've successfully built and booted Linux following the instructions by DrOctavius and others. I am also able to run my application.

    Now I'd like to gather some profiling information on my application; I built it with the -pg option and ran it on the board. After processing the gmon.out with gprof on the host I get correct call graph information but the times for all functions are reported to be 0.00. This is despite running the application for several minutes.

    I also checked and confirmed that I've set the kernel options:

    Has anybody successfully used gprof on this board with this BSP? Is there anything I'm missing out?

    I have also tried using a cross compiled version of oprofile. However when I try running 'opcontrol --init' and 'opcontrol --start' on the board I get the following error messages:

    grep: /etc/mtab: No such file or directory
    mount: Mounting nodev on /dev/oprofile failed: Device or resource busy
    Kernel support not available, missing opcontrol --init as root?

    I checked and the /dev/oprofile directory does exist and looks to be populated with reasonable data.

    Does anyone have suggestions on what I can try?

    New Member
    New Member

    11 Aug 2008 10:07 PM
    You need to configure the kernel but you need to select the oprofile package in LTIB too:

    CONFIG_OPROFILE - This is the configuration option for the oprofile driver. In the menuconfig this option is found under Instrumentation Support -> Profiling support -> OProfile system profiling. By default it is Y for all i.MX platforms.

    • Must add Oprofile support with ARM11 PMU events for i.MX platforms: <ltib dir>/.ltib -cpackage list -> oprofile.
    • Must add ARM11 L2 Cache EVTMON support to oprofile for i.MX platforms <ltib dir>/.ltib -c Configure the kernel
    --> Instrumentation Support.
    • Must add Oprofile timer interrupt mode support.

    For more Info download this document:

    And check in RerenceManual the chapter 49 (oprofile)
    New Member
    New Member

    12 Aug 2008 10:11 PM
    Thanks for the tip DrOctavius I completely missed out on adding oprofile support in LTIB; oprofile is working now.

    And thanks also for the link to the document, it will definitely come in handy!
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