profiling for stack usage

Simon Marlow
Fri, 15 Aug 2003 12:37:15 +0100

> I'm currently in a situation where my program runs easily out of
> stack.  Depending on the input, stack usage often exceeds 10Mb.
> 1. Is there a way to profile stack usage, so that I can identify the
> culprit and deal with the problem at the root?  Normal (time)
> profiling tells me how many times a function is called, but it would
> be interesting to know how many times it was recursively called, or
> the size of its stack frames.  Is that information available?
> Heap profiling -- well, it doesn't *sound* as if it would incorporate
> the stack; does it anyway?


in particular, the -xt flag.

> 2. Is there a way to compile programs to use more than the default
> stack?  I can of course pass +RTS -K10M -RTS on the command line, but
> I would rather like to change the default, instead of kicking myself
> for forgetting it all the time.  And is there any reason (except
> excessive resource consumption and postponed failure from infinite
> loops) not to run with huge stacks? 


	Simon "the only reason I write docs is so I can say RTFM" Marlow