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KPROF(3)							      KPROF(3)

       kprof - kernel profiling

       bind -a #K /dev


       The  kprof device provides simple profiling data for the operating sys‐
       tem kernel.   The data accumulates by recording the program counter  of
       the kernel at each `tick' of the system clock.

       The file kpdata holds the accumulated counts as 4-byte integers in big-
       endian byte order.  The size of the file depends on the size of	kernel
       text.   The  first  count  holds the total number of clock ticks during
       profiling; the second the number of ticks that occurred while the  ker‐
       nel  was	 running.   The	 rest each hold the number of ticks the kernel
       program counter was within the corresponding  8-byte  range  of	kernel
       text, starting from the base of kernel text.

       The  file  kpctl controls profiling.  Writing the string start to kpctl
       begins profiling; stop terminates it.  The  message  startclr  restarts
       profiling after zeroing the array of counts.

       The program kprof (see prof(1)) formats the data for presentation.

       The following rc(1) script runs a test program while profiling the ker‐
       nel and reports the results.

	    bind -a '#K' /dev
	    echo start > /dev/kpctl
	    echo stop > /dev/kpctl
	    kprof /386/9pcdisk /dev/kpdata



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