performance measurement questions

Eric S. Johansson esj at
Tue Jul 6 18:49:51 CEST 2004

Roy Smith wrote:
> In article <mailman.23.1089109667.5135.python-list at>,
>  "Eric S. Johansson" <esj at> wrote:
>>I've been playing with the profiler and have been rather successful in 
>>making my code run faster.  So for my best success has been cutting a 
>>three second CPU time run down to about 0.45 seconds.
>>Unfortunately, the same application seems to take about 8 to 12 seconds 
>>real-time.  I know that some of that time is lost to file IO and 
>>external sub processes but I don't know how much.
>>Is there any way to change the profiler to measure elapsed time and not 
>>CPU time?
> I don't know about the profiler, but there's a couple of things you 
> could do to try and figure out what's going one (all of these assume a 
> unix-like environment):
> First, use the "time" command to run your program, like this:

unfortunately, the programs in question are CGI's and servers.  I need 
something networks inside the program.

> If you have some ideas where the time might be spent internally, you can 
> use the os.times() function to gather time snapshots around areas you 
> suspect of being slow.

when it comes to program performance measurement, guessing usually gives 
you a wrong answer since my request for profiling that measures elapsed 

unfortunately, I may need to do as you suggest in place time functions 
throughout the code.


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