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SubjectRe: [RFC] Adding Support for Firefox's Gecko Profile Format
On Sat, May 27, 2023 at 01:19:47AM +0530, Anup Sharma wrote:
> On Fri, May 26, 2023 at 08:17:44AM -0700, Ian Rogers wrote:
> > On Thu, May 25, 2023 at 1:53 PM Namhyung Kim <namhyung@kernel.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi Anup,
> > >
> > > On Wed, May 24, 2023 at 12:25 PM Anup Sharma <anupnewsmail@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Hello everyone,
> > > >
> > > > I'm happy to share that I'll be working on adding support for Firefox's Gecko profile format.
> > > > This format is utilized by the Firefox profiler, which is a powerful tool for performance analysis
> > > > and debugging. By enhancing the perf data command to generate perf.data files in the Gecko
> > > > profile format, it will allow us to leverage the capabilities of the Firefox profiler for visualizing
> > > > and analyzing the performance data.
> > > >
> > > > As a starter task, I have created a test for testing the perf data JSON converter command.
> > > > I'm also looking for a few more starter tasks related to this project. I would greatly appreciate
> > > > your advice and guidance.
> > > >
> > > > In my effort to identify any existing bugs, I have enabled flags like 'fsanitize=address' to detect
> > > > potential issues but have not found any :). Additionally, I am running perf data commands to ensure
> > > > that all use cases are handled properly.
> > >
> > > Great, good to know it works well with asan for the basic use cases at least.
> > >
> > > >
> > > > I have one question regarding the installation process. Typically, I navigate to the perf directory,
> > > > run 'make', and then cp 'perf' to '/usr/bin'. However, I noticed that by default, perf is installed in
> > > > the '~/bin/perf' directory. Could someone please clarify why this is the case? Furthermore, I would
> > > > like to know how all of you compile the perf tree.
> > >
> > > I guess $HOME is the default prefix unless you set it to other, then
> > > make install will put
> > > the binary there. You can make sure if your PATH contains the ~/bin and use it.
> > >
> > > But it's also possible you can run the perf without installing. I
> > > have a symlink in
> > > my tmp directory to point to the recent build of the binary and use it
> > > always. :)
> > > To build, you can either 'cd tools/perf; make' or 'make -C tools/perf'
> > > in the top
> > > level linux source tree. I also pass "BUILD_BPF_SKEL=1" to enable BPF.
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Namhyung
> >
> > I quite often test with address sanitizer, I do this by passing to make:
> > DEBUG=1 EXTRA_CFLAGS="-O0 -g -fno-omit-frame- pointer
> > -fsanitize=address" NO_LIBTRACEEVENT=1
> >
> > The libtraceevent exclusion is to avoid false address sanitizer
> > warnings in libtraceevent (it wasn't compiled with address sanitizer).
> > The other flags are to make the code easier to debug. A good place to
> > start for a description of the build flags is Makefile.perf:
> > https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/acme/linux.git/tree/tools/perf/Makefile.perf?h=perf-tools-next
> >
> > There's also some description here:
> > https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/acme/linux.git/tree/tools/perf/Documentation/Build.txt?h=perf-tools-next
> >
> > Perhaps you can suggest improvements :-)
> >
>
> Thanks Namhyung and Ian for your suggestions. I'll try them out and let you know if I have any questions.
>

Hello all,

Thank you for participating in today's office hours and helping me clarify my doubts.
One topic that emerged from our discussion is the choice of programming language
for writing the converter. I am considering using Python as it offers convenient
libraries for JSON manipulation. However, I need to investigate whether Python is
enabled by default in most of the Linux distributions that ship with perf, as its
absence could pose a potential obstacle.

Additionally, two profile formats are available: Gecko profile format and Processed profile format[1].
Upon discussing on Firefox Profiler matrix channel, they recommended opting for the Processed format,
as it will be supported in future releases as well. Therefore, I intend to begin by working with the
Processed format and evaluate the results. If any of you have suggestions regarding the choice of
format, I would greatly appreciate your input.

Later on, I will address concerns I have regarding the file-loading process.
Once again, thank you all for your time.

Thanks,
Anup

[1] https://github.com/firefox-devtools/profiler/blob/main/docs-developer/custom-importer.md

> > Thanks,
> > Ian
> >
> > > >
> > > > Thank you for your support and I'm looking forward to collaborating with you on this project!

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