Sun Studio 12: Performance Analyzer

Static Functions From Stripped Shared Libraries

Static functions are often used within libraries, so that the name used internally in a library does not conflict with a name that you might use. When libraries are stripped, the names of static functions are deleted from the symbol table. In such cases, the Analyzer generates an artificial name for each text region in the library containing stripped static functions. The name is of the form <static>@0x12345, where the string following the @ sign is the offset of the text region within the library. The Analyzer cannot distinguish between contiguous stripped static functions and a single such function, so two or more such functions can appear with their metrics coalesced.

Stripped static functions are shown as called from the correct caller, except when the PC from the static function is a leaf PC that appears after the save instruction in the static function. Without the symbolic information, the Analyzer does not know the save address, and cannot tell whether to use the return register as the caller. It always ignores the return register. Since several functions can be coalesced into a single <static>@0x12345 function, the real caller or callee might not be distinguished from the adjacent functions.