Mark code related symbols as @function not @object

Authored by last_g on Sep 14 2018, 9:09 AM.

Description

Mark code related symbols as @function not @object

Summary:
This diff is a part of the bigger project which goal is to improve
common profiling tools support (perf) for GHC binaries.

A similar job was already done and reverted in the past:

Reasoning:

Perf and similar tools build in memory symbol table from the .symtab
section of the ELF file to display human-readable function names instead
of the addresses in the output. Perf uses only two types of symbols:
@function and @notype but GHC is not capable to produce any
@function symbols so the perf output is pretty useless (All the
haskell symbols that you can see in perf now are @notype internal
symbols extracted by mistake/hack).

The changes:

  • mark code related symbols as @function
  • small hack to mark InfoTable symbols as code if TABLES_NEXT_TO_CODE is true

Limitations:

  • The perf symbolization support is not complete after this patch but I'm working on the second patch.
  • Constructor symbols are not supported. To fix that we can issue extra local symbols which mark code sections as code and will be only used for debug.

Test Plan:
tests
any additional ideas?

Perf output on stock ghc 8.4.1:

     9.78%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] ckY_info
     9.59%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] cjqd_info
     7.17%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] c3sg_info
     6.62%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] c1X_info
     5.32%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] cjsX_info
     4.18%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] s3rN_info
     3.82%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] c2m_info
     3.68%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] cjlJ_info
     3.26%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] c3sb_info
     3.19%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] cjPQ_info
     3.05%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] cjQd_info
     2.97%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] cjAB_info
     2.78%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] cjzP_info
     2.40%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] cjOS_info
     2.38%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] s3rK_info
     2.27%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] cjq0_info
     2.18%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] cKQ_info
     2.13%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] cjSl_info
     1.99%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] s3rL_info
     1.98%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] c2cC_info
     1.80%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] s3rO_info
     1.37%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] c2f2_info
...

Perf output on patched ghc:

     7.97%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] c3rM_info
     6.75%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] 0x000000000032cfa8
     6.63%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] cifA_info
     4.98%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] integerzmgmp_GHCziIntegerziType_eqIntegerzh_info
     4.55%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] chXn_info
     4.52%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] c3rH_info
     4.45%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] chZB_info
     4.04%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] Main_fibbzuslow_info
     4.03%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] stg_ap_0_fast
     3.76%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] chXA_info
     3.67%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] cifu_info
     3.25%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] ci4r_info
     2.64%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] s3rf_info
     2.42%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] s3rg_info
     2.39%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] integerzmgmp_GHCziIntegerziType_eqInteger_info
     2.25%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] integerzmgmp_GHCziIntegerziType_minusInteger_info
     2.17%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] ghczmprim_GHCziClasses_zeze_info
     2.09%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] cicc_info
     2.03%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] 0x0000000000331e15
     2.02%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] s3ri_info
     1.91%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] 0x0000000000331bb8
     1.89%  FibbSlow  FibbSlow            [.] ci4N_info
...

Reviewers: simonmar, niteria, bgamari, goldfire

Reviewed By: simonmar, bgamari

Subscribers: lelf, rwbarton, thomie, carter

GHC Trac Issues: Trac #15501

Differential Revision: https://phabricator.haskell.org/D4713