Release date: 2002-01-29
Home page: http://aspectr.sf.net/rbprof
Tarball: RbProf is included in the AspectR tarball below
AspectR tarball: http://prdownloads.sf.net/aspectr/aspectr-0-3-5.tar.gz
Author: Robert Feldt
A profiler for Ruby programs. It's faster than the standard
profiler and gives you information tailored to your needs.
- Fast (typically 5-10 times faster than Ruby's standard profiler)
- Focus on methods defined in program being profiled (ie. as a default does
NOT profile Ruby's methods)
- Explicitly include Ruby's methods you want them to be profiled
- Reports from where a method was called, the call site.
- Summarizes difference to previous profiles; good when you iteratively
speed up your program.
- Can report on distribution of arguments in method calls (which indicates
whether you have something to gain by memoizing the method)
- Does not measure time spent in class methods. Should not be more difficult
than instance methods but haven't been tested yet. Coming soon to a
version near you (TM) :-)
- Cannot measure time spent in :id, :class, :type methods or in methods
with a leading underscore in their name.
- Alpha release so there are bugs and it will likely fail for some programs.
If so please report your problems.
- Install aspectr (by following the instruction in the AspectR README)
- Go into the aspects/profiler directory (where this file resides)
- install RbProf: ruby ../../install.rb
- Standard profiler (profile.rb) is slow (typically slows down your program
by a factor of 60-200).
- Standard profiler gives you too much information.
- You frequently do not want to know the amount of time spent in Ruby's
methods. RbProf lets you choose if you want to include them.
- Standard profiler mixes results so you can't resolve their origin
- If a method is called from many places you don't know which invocation
of it is the problem. RbProf shows you the call sites to overcome this.
$ ruby -r rbprof your_program.rb
will print the profile to stderr (and as a binary to your_program.profile).
#... rest of your program ...
will profile the methods defined in your program and Bignum#<<. The profile
will be printed to stderr (and as a binary to your_program.profile).
Be sure to require rbprof in the first file in your program since it will
only profile methods defined after the require.
AspectR (but you probably already have it since RbProf is part of AspectR).
Otherwise it should work with any Ruby >= 1.6.
I've successfully used RbProf with Ruby 1.7.2 (2002-01-08) and
cygwin 1.1.8 (gcc version 2.95.2-6) on Windows 2000 Professional.
NOTE THAT THIS IS AN ALPHA RELEASE SO THERE WILL LIKELY BE BUGS AND
THE API MIGHT CHANGE.
None yet. Examples of how to use RbProf is part of chapter 8 in the book
"Ruby Developer's Guide", ISBN 1-928994-64-4.
RbProf is Copyright (c) 2001, 2002 Robert Feldt, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All rights reserved.
RbProf is distributed under GPL. See LICENSE.
I'd appreciate if you drop me a note if you're using RbProf. If there are some known users I'll be more motivated to packing up additions / new versions and post them to RAA.
Please give feedback!
Robert Feldt, email@example.com