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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-11-11 21:06:21

on Sat Nov 10 2007, "K. Noel Belcourt" <> wrote:

> On Nov 10, 2007, at 11:52 AM, Vladimir Prus wrote:
>> David Abrahams wrote:
>>> Did we ever put code in bjam that will allow us to get timing
>>> information for individual build steps?
>> I think you tried to do that, but I'm not sure it was ever finished.
>>> I realize we are getting
>>> timestamps, but that doesn't quite amount to the same thing,
>>> especially because we get a stamp for the beginning of a test run but
>>> not the end, but also because we really want to know the user and/or
>>> system time rather than real time, which can be grossly distorted by
>>> other activity on the machine.
>> The user and/or system time can be likewise distorted by other
>> activity -- in
>> particular the number of cache faults is dependent on what other
>> application
>> are busy thrashing the cache.
> We could add the ability to time all child processes to bjam, since
> that would give us the most reliable numbers (using a call to
> getrusage when the child process terminates). It might take a bit of
> effort but I'd be willing to do it (it would have significant value
> to our organization as well). We'd need to get Rene's help to (1)
> decide if it could be handled efficiently in Windows (2) whether /
> when he might have the time to do it.

I already implemented that for windows; at least it works there. My
implementation for *nix didn't use getrusage. I was using times().
Maybe that was my problem...

I would very much appreciate it if you could do the *nix
implementation. Please search the bjam code for "timing_info" to see
what to change. I think it's all in execunix.c


Dave Abrahams
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