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Re: [PATCH] symbol lookup cache

On Sun, Dec 21, 2014 at 1:01 PM, Joel Brobecker <> wrote:
>> Let's first verify the efficacy of the cache, collect some data, and
>> go from there.
>> And the next step after that, besides improving the efficiency of the
>> cache (*1), if the data suggests it, is I think to explore dynamically
>> adjusting the cache size.
>> And if, after that, there are still some important cases where gdb
>> can't do a good enough job on its own, *then* I'd be happy to add some
>> knobs to control the cache size.  Maybe the knob we will want is not
>> so much to control the cache size but how it grows.
> do you see the amount of data in the cache being all that much?

Nope, and I've noted that in the code.
Plus I recently gained back 40MB for free (16 * #minsyms) on one of my
monster benchmarks.
We could spend 1/10 that on the cache (which would still be a rather
large cache) and still be way ahead.

> I haven't looked at your implementation, but for Ada, the cache is
> updated when symbols are looked up, usually due to a user querying
> something. So, I don't the cache to be all that big, and FWIW,
> we have never even had to think of having a dynamic hash size.

But, *if* one-size-fits-all *wasn't* working (*1), and I think I can
reasonably assume we're agreed we're not there yet, then would you
immediately go the route of providing a user option to allow changing
the size, or first see if gdb could do better on its own?

(*1): I'm only suggesting exploring dynamically adjusting the cache
size (I realize you wrote hash size) *if* the data suggests we need
it. IMO we're not there yet.  But, and here's where the disagreement
is (AFAICT), *if* we do get there, I'd rather see if gdb could do
better on its own first, before adding a knob that the user has to
tweak to get the desired performance.

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