On May 26, 2004, at 7:09 PM, Michael Sig Birkmose wrote:
Does anyone know, if it is possible to meassure the maximum stack usage of
a C program throughout it's entire execution?

Sure. See "man getrusage", specificly:

long ru_isrss;           /* integral unshared stack size */

...which tends to give you the maximum usage on most systems (because they don't shrink the stack if it becomes smaller). You can also compare the addresses of automatic variables within the code of the program itself to see how the stack grows:

/* Test program to measure stack usage... */

void *
test_function(int count)
    int foo = 1;
#if 0                    /* make the local frame much bigger */
    char buf[1000];
    sprintf(buf, "%d\n", count);

    if (count > 0) {
        return test_function(count - 1);
    } else
        return &foo;

main(int argc, char *argv[])
    int depth = 100;
    unsigned long delta;

    if (argc > 1) depth = atoi(argv[1]);

    delta = (unsigned long)&depth - (unsigned long)test_function(depth);
    printf("\nchange in stack size: %lu bytes.\n", delta);
    return 0;

[ Yeah, yeah, I should use ptrdiff_t, but you get the idea... ]


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