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runtime: heap, allocs, block, and mutex profiles truncate stacks at 32 frames #43669
Issues related to the Go compiler and/or runtime.
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The runtime currently (as of Go 1.15) limits recorded stacks of several profile types to 32 frames. This causes deep stacks to become unrooted in pprof call graphs, leading to confusing results and interfering with aggregate statistics up the call graph.
These are hard-coded array bounds in the public runtime API for StackRecord (used in BlockProfileRecord) and MemProfileRecord. Unfortunately, this means these are part of the Go 1 runtime API, so we can't just change them. If we were to increase them, this would impact memory for relatively little gain, since stacks typically aren't this deep. Finally, we probably need some reasonable bound on stack depth just to avoid blowing up profiles.
The "right" fix, in my opinion, is to do what we did with CPU profiles: deprecate the runtime package interface in favor of runtime/pprof, create a log-based back channel from runtime to runtime/pprof that can handle variable-sized stack traces, and perform accumulation in runtime/pprof. That's quite a bit of engineering for a fairly obscure problem, though it would also help with labeling non-CPU profiles (#23458).
We don't have plans to fix this right now. This is just a tracking issue.
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