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4.4 Deprecated Options

These options have been replaced with newer versions that use symspecs.

-e function_name

The ‘-e function’ option tells gprof to not print information about the function function_name (and its children…) in the call graph. The function will still be listed as a child of any functions that call it, but its index number will be shown as ‘[not printed]’. More than one ‘-e’ option may be given; only one function_name may be indicated with each ‘-e’ option.

-E function_name

The -E function option works like the -e option, but time spent in the function (and children who were not called from anywhere else), will not be used to compute the percentages-of-time for the call graph. More than one ‘-E’ option may be given; only one function_name may be indicated with each ‘-E’ option.

-f function_name

The ‘-f function’ option causes gprof to limit the call graph to the function function_name and its children (and their children…). More than one ‘-f’ option may be given; only one function_name may be indicated with each ‘-f’ option.

-F function_name

The ‘-F function’ option works like the -f option, but only time spent in the function and its children (and their children…) will be used to determine total-time and percentages-of-time for the call graph. More than one ‘-F’ option may be given; only one function_name may be indicated with each ‘-F’ option. The ‘-F’ option overrides the ‘-E’ option.

Note that only one function can be specified with each -e, -E, -f or -F option. To specify more than one function, use multiple options. For example, this command:

gprof -e boring -f foo -f bar myprogram > gprof.output

lists in the call graph all functions that were reached from either foo or bar and were not reachable from boring.


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