How to generate a Node.js flame graph on CentOS?
I’d like to generate a flame graph for my node.js app. Unfortunately, my dev box is OSX (doesn’t support utrace helpers, per the linked article) and my production box is CentOS (doesn’t even have dtrace).
I’ve found some indication that something like SystemTap might be a dtrace alternative, but I’ve been unable to cobble together an effective working way to generate the appropriate stacks.out file to feed into stackvis.
Does anybody know of a decent tutorial on how to get this up and running? I’d prefer it on CentOS (so I can examine my production app) but OSX would also be sufficient.
From the latest google searches, people are unhappy with SystemTap on Centos, but here is an article http://dtrace.org/blogs/brendan/2012/03/17/linux-kernel-performance-flame-graphs/ that was referenced by someone’s FlameGraph github project https://github.com/brendangregg/FlameGraph
I would say move towards the real solution, of getting dtrace installed rather than relying on the work around.
I wrote up the full instructions here: http://www.brendangregg.com/blog/2014-09-17/node-flame-graphs-on-linux.html