ProfilingFirefox

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Description

Firefox comes with DTrace probe points that can be used to profile Javascript processes. Want to profile memory, time, etc. on your Javascript, using Fedora 12? This page will show you how. If you need help, feel free to post on User_talk:Valce!

Requirements

Setup

  • Download Firefox source from the above link.
  • Create a ~/.mozconfig and fill it as follows (Gently adapted from [| Uxebu])
. $topsrcdir/browser/config/mozconfig
mk_add_options MOZ_OBJDIR=@TOPSRCDIR@/obj-ff
ac_add_options --enable-debug --disable-optimize
ac_add_options --enable-shared --disable-static --enable-dtrace
mk_add_options MOZ_MAKE_FLAGS="-s -j4"
mk_add_options AUTOCONF="autoconf-2.13"
  • Install autoconf 2.13 (yum install autoconf213)
  • Enter the mozilla directory and run make -f client.mk build

Playing

The libmozjs can be found in (source directory)firefox/obj-ff/dist/lib/libmozjs.so, and the binary is located at (source directory)firefox/obj-ff/dist/bin/firefox. To see a list of all available markers, run stap -l 'process("/path/to/libmozjs.so").mark("*")

Example:

Using the following File:Javascript.stp on the 'more complicated example' found here, we get:

                File               |          Function          | Time(ms) | Called
 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ...me/valce/Desktop/draw.html  |                       dot  |        0 |     4
    ...me/valce/Desktop/draw.html  |                drawBowtie  |        1 |     4
    ...me/valce/Desktop/draw.html  |                    onload  |        7 |     1
    ...me/valce/Desktop/draw.html  |                      draw  |        6 |     1

This basic script just shows the file name, function, time and the number of times called. Argument 2 in the script allows a basic file name filter which will prevent the program from picking up unrelated Javascript function calls.