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Re: [RFA 5/4 take 2] Improved linker-debugger interface

Gary Benson writes:
 > Hi all,
 > I did some profiling and realised that the probes patch I just mailed
 > had reintroduced calls to update_section_map, a slow function I did
 > some work to avoid calling last year:
 > Attached is a patch to avoid calling update_section_map from the
 > probes interface.  Updated timings are as follows:
 >   no of solibs    100     250     500     1000    2000    5000
 >   ------------------------------------------------------------
 >   old interface     1       3       9       35     141     942
 >   new interface     0       0       1        4      14      89
 >   (times in seconds)
 > So, with this patch GDB is not three but ten times faster.


Not that you have to write it, but if you've got the beginnings of something
already :-), gdb should have a performance testsuite.

It needn't run it with "make check" since it could quite expectedly
increase the time to run the normal testsuite beyond a reasonable threshold.
But we should start collecting testcases to exercise gdb's performance,
and one nice way to do this is to have testcase generators.
I wouldn't want to manually write 5000 shared libs :-), but I do
want to track gdb's performance of handling that much over time,
and it's rather straightforward to write a program that will generate
a specified number of shared libs.
[And similarly for other performance issues we want to track.]

The result of such a testsuite needn't be PASS/FAIL, per se.
As a start it just needs to report numbers.
[Comparing absolute performance depends on the machine used to run the test,
etc. etc. etc.  I think these are solvable problems, and I think this is
something we need to do.]


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