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[profile] Avoid allocating a page on the stack, NFC

Authored by vsk on Dec 10 2019, 6:45 PM.



When writing out a profile, avoid allocating a page on the stack for the
purpose of writing out zeroes, as some embedded environments do not have
enough stack space to accomodate this.

Instead, use a small, fixed-size zero buffer that can be written

For a synthetic file with >100,000 functions, I did not measure a
significant difference in profile write times. We are removing a
page-length zero-fill memset() in favor of several smaller buffered
fwrite() calls: in practice, I am not sure there is much of a
difference. The performance impact is only expected to affect the
continuous sync mode (%c) -- zero padding is less than 8 bytes in all
other cases.


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MaskRay added inline comments.

sizeof(uint8_t) -> 1 ?

vsk marked an inline comment as done.Dec 11 2019, 9:44 AM

Thanks for the reviews!


That's a reasonable alternative. However the current convention in libprofile is to write out the sizeof.

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