Hi, folks. I'm trying to use pmc(3) to analyze code fragments, and
I've run into strange behavior: the counter values returned by
pmc_read(3) sometimes show no increment between readings, but are
updated a second later; even if the PMC in question was stopped
It's output on my system (FreeBSD 8.2 amd64, an Intel Atom processor)
is something like this:
first reading: 0
second reading: 15090110
I don't really like both numbers; I expect the first reading not
to be zero (there obviously are instructions between pmc_start and
pmc_stop), and I expect the second reading not to differ from the
first, as the PMC was stopped before both of them, so it's value
should not change.
So, what's going on here? Is this the intended behavior, or can it
be changed? And how do I get accurate readings?