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Don't forget to restart the server<br>
 
Don't forget to restart the server<br>
 
''sudo service apache2 restart''
 
''sudo service apache2 restart''
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If you made it work, you'll get files named cachegrind.out.* in the directory /tmp/profiling. These will contain data that looks like this
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fl=(158)<br>
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fn=(765)<br>
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1409 2 0<br>
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cfl=(1)<br>
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cfn=(564)<br>
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calls=1 0 0<br>
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1410 0 160<br>
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So we will need another application to display this information in human friendly way.
  
 
== Kcachegrind ==
 
== Kcachegrind ==

Revision as of 16:46, 10 July 2020

What is profiling

Profiling is a method that is used to detect performace issues. For this we use tools to record stack traces of the running program to later be analysed

The install and configuration instructions work on Ubuntu 18.04


Xdebug

The first thing we need to do is installed Xdebug php extension to get the data of Mahara's php scripts. This extension can also be used for debugging php code well, but I will only add the instructions fro profiling here.

install extension

sudo apt-get install php-xdebug

check the extension is there

php -m | grep xdebug

on php.ini you need to add the following lines

xdebug.remote_enable = 1
xdebug.remote_autostart = 1
zend_extension = /usr/lib/php/20170718/xdebug.so
you should check where is the xdebug.so in your machine

Add the setting for xdebug profiling

Here you can choose if you want to trace all the php code that is run or only a few scripts by passing an argument to the selected ones. more information on this here https://xdebug.org/docs/profiler

To trace all scripts

Set to 1 to turn it on for every request
xdebug.profiler_enable = 0

To trace only the scripts with the parameter

Let's use a GET/POST parameter to turn on the profiler
xdebug.profiler_enable_trigger = 0

The GET/POST value we will pass; empty for any value

xdebug.profiler_enable_trigger_value = ""

Set up the output file name and location

Output cachegrind files to /tmp so our system cleans them up later
xdebug.profiler_output_dir = "/tmp/profiling"
xdebug.profiler_output_name = "cachegrind.out.%p"

Don't forget to restart the server
sudo service apache2 restart


If you made it work, you'll get files named cachegrind.out.* in the directory /tmp/profiling. These will contain data that looks like this

fl=(158)
fn=(765)
1409 2 0
cfl=(1)
cfn=(564)
calls=1 0 0
1410 0 160

So we will need another application to display this information in human friendly way.

Kcachegrind