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README.md

dumpanalyze

Introduction

dumpanalyze is a mini-framework equipped with a CLI for processing LuaJIT's plain text JIT compiler dumps. dumpanalyze can be used with any other software as well, as long the dump format remains the same.

To get a grasp of what a dump is, run following command in your terminal (assuming you already have LuaJIT installed):

luajit -jdump=T -e 'local s = 0; for i = 1, 100 do s = s + i end; print(s)'

You will see some plain text output which is generated in run-time as long as the JIT compiler records a trace, assembles its machine code, etc. This info can now be used for analysing/improving/troubleshooting the compiler.

However, if you try to run the dump with a large application under heavy load, you may face certain difficulties trying to interpret the output. First, it may be really huge. Second, it may contain various artefacts (compiled traces, aborted traces, exit state records) melted into a single data stream. Third, if your application is large enough, the dump will contain information about thousands of traces connected with non-trivial parent/child relations.

dumpanalyze was created to (at least partly) address these challenges.

Architecture

The core of the dumpanalyze is a parser of dumps which reads its input line by line converting it into a simple object model (compiled traces, trace bushes, abort reasons, etc.).

After parsing is done, resulting objects can be grouped and rendered with a help of various views.

Everything is glued together with a CLI although can be used a Python module.

Available Views

  • Aggregated list of compiled traces (csv)
  • List of trace bushes (txt, png)
  • Aggregated list of abort reasons (csv)
  • List of abort reasons grouped by file:line (txt)

Installation

For local installation, simply clone this repository.

If you need a system-wide installation, please run following command from the repository root after cloning it:

sudo pip install .

This will install all modules and create a CLI wrapper named dumpanalyze.

Usage

In case of local installation:

python3 -m dumpanalyze --dump /path/to/dump.txt --out-dir /tmp/dump-parsed

...or...

PYTHONPATH=. python3 dumpanalyze --dump /path/to/dump.txt --out-dir /tmp/dump-parsed

In case of system-wide installation:

dumpanalyze --dump /path/to/dump.txt --out-dir /tmp/dump-parsed

Running tests

Run the following from the repository root:

python3 run-tests.py

Benchmarks

  • Data: a dump obtained from a production system (~800Mb of plain text data)
  • Machine: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4570 CPU @ 3.20GHz with 8Gb RAM
  • Time (in user mode): 122 seconds
  • Peak RAM usage: 900Mb

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Caveats

  • This software was tested with Python 3.5 and 3.6.
  • The parser supports only plain text dumps at the moment.

Copyright and License

Copyright 2017-2019 IPONWEB Ltd.

This software is licensed under the terms of the MIT license.

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