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Defrag Tools: #40 - WPT - WPR & WPA

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In this episode of Defrag Tools, Andrew Richards, Chad Beeder and Larry Larsen continue walking you through the Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT).

Defrag Tools: #23 - Windows 8 SDK
Defrag Tools: #29 - WinDbg - ETW Logging
Windows Performance Analysis Developer Center
Windows Performance Toolkit
Channel 9 Videos
NTDebugging Blog Article
PFE Blog Series

[00:40] - Windows Performance Recorder (UI)
[06:00] - Windows Performance Analyzer
[06:40] - Providers vs. Visualization
[08:00] - (CPU Usage) Sampled vs. Precise
[12:30] - Analysis Pane
[14:11] - * I was thinking of MDI (Multiple Document Interface]
[14:35] - Blue Bar
[15:27] - Gold/Yellow Bar - How to Aggregate
[19:18] - Symbols & SymCache
[28:40] - Column Customization
[31:50] - More next week... and many more weeks to come!


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  • MagicAndre1981Magic​Andre1981 xperf addicted

    [00:40] - Windows Performance Recorder (UI)

    the subfolder is created for .net ngened symbols if you have .net processes running.

    [19:18] - Symbols & SymCache

    where you able to repro the slow PDB decoding I talked some time ago?

    Btw, this slide (http://media.ch9.ms/teched/na/2011/ppt/WCL316.pptx) mentions a program symcachegen.exe to convert PDBs to symcache fies from a command line. Why is this tool not part of the public WPT?


    The scroling issue is what I already told during the DP/CP and RP. The older xperfview is better to display such stacks. The new WPA only has scrollbars everywhere Crying

  • Is it possible to group the stack column in the WPA using multiple filter expressions? For example to the stack groups file IO, network, JIT, GC or XML processing.

  • Andrew Richardswindev Andrew Richards

    @SteffenZeidler: Not sure what you are asking for.  You can filter to the callers of a function. And then do a filter for the next criteria. Is that what you need?

    Send us an email (defragtools@microsoft.com) if you have private info to describe.

  • @windev:I want a configurable criteria name of the stack in an extra column, so I can group the stacks like
    Stack group name, Filter
    File, kernel32.dll!*File
    Heap, ntdll.dll!*Heap
    TCP/IP, ws2_32.dll!*
    Xml Serialization, System.Xml.dll!System.Xml.Serialization.*
    GC, clr.dll!WKS::gc_heap::*
    JIT, clrjit.dll!*

  • Bruce DawsonBruce Dawson

    I would also like symcachegen.exe -- it could be very handy and it seems cruel to mention it but not release it.

    MagicAndre1981 -- regarding your question about slow PDB decoding, there was a regression that caused symbol conversion to run up to 150x slower. The only fix I am aware of is to make sure that older versions of dbghelp.dll/symsrv.dll are in your WPT install directory. See this post for details:


  • MagicAndre1981Magic​Andre1981 xperf addicted

    @Bruce Dawson


    yeah, we fixed it the same way. After using my workaround I did a google search and also found your blog.

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