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displaying execution traces on a SIMILE timeline

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chroniquery can now output JSON for display using the SIMILE timeline widget.  And I am finally done trying to figure out what was going wrong.  Click the pictures to experience the timeline sensation for yourself.

Related interesting things:

  • Supports a fancy if specific constraint mechanism.  For example, PrepareAndDispatch is only displayed in the context of nsTimerImpl::Fire using the following line in the config file:
[func@PrepareAndDispatch]
only_show_if=backtrace,4,nsTimerImpl::Fire
  • Supports displaying arguments in the title using the config file.  For example, displaying the observer service’s topic (plus putting it in its own band and giving it a nice prefix):
[class@nsObserverService]
prefixAlias=Obs:
band=context
list_args=aTopic
  • We actually get the dump() output by logging where _IO_fputs shows up.  We constrain its output by adding an extensible (if currently somewhat specialized) argument-based constraint.
  • Things in red are red because their return codes were exceptional, per my last blog post.  Things in other colors are that way because of the config file.
  • The bubbles that show up when you click on things tell you the return value and arguments for the call in question.  We could include a backtrace, but they are expensive to compute (currently), so I don’t.
  • All layout is using the timeline widget’s layout.  There is no correspondence between stack depth and anything else.

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An important limitation is that all functions displayed here were explicitly chosen for display.  Some form of automated mechanism could be used, but unless chronicle-query starts caching more things, it would be really slow.  Here’s the command-line used for the above:

chron-xpc mozrun-9022.db jsontrace -t 1 -f nsObserverService::NotifyObservers -f nsThread::ProcessNextEvent -f nsTimerImpl::Fire -f nsMsgSearchSession::NotifyListenersDone -f nsMsgDBFolder::Shutdown  -f nsMsgLocalMailFolder::AddMessage -f nsMsgDatabase::Open -f nsMsgDatabase::ForceClosed -f nsMsgLocalMailFolder::GetDatabaseWithReparse -f nsMsgDBFolder::OnAnnouncerGoingAway -f nsMsgDBFolder::AddSubfolder -f nsMsgSearchOfflineMail::OpenSummaryFile -f nsMsgSearchSession::TimerCallback -f nsMsgSearchSession::TimeSlice -f nsMsgSearchSession::TimeSliceSerial -f nsMsgSearchScopeTerm::TimeSlice -f nsMsgXFVirtualFolderDBView::Open -f nsMsgXFVirtualFolderDBView::OnNewSearch -f nsMsgXFVirtualFolderDBView::OnSearchDone  -f js_GC -f PrepareAndDispatch -f nsMsgLocalMailFolder::UpdateFolder -f _IO_fputs