[Mono-list] Determine what's using CPU

Dave Curylo curylod at asme.org
Tue Apr 9 17:54:48 UTC 2013

Thanks Rodrigo and David, this was helpful, this points me to code that could be the issue.  One concern, though, when I use kill -QUIT, my stack dump only shows 4 threads, but when I use top -H, I see many more (about 20).  Where are the rest of the threads listed?

On Apr 9, 2013, at 12:41 PM, Rodrigo Kumpera wrote:

> You can try to use kill -QUIT to ask mono to produce a full stack dump to stderr.
> On Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM, David Evans <devans at pacificbiosciences.com> wrote:
> I usually use "top -H" to get the thread id of the thread that is hogging the CPU. Then I use "top" to get the process id, then connect to that process using gdb and use "info threads" to find the thread number for the thread id that was hogging the CPU. Then I switch to that thread and back trace to see what it's doing, sometimes continuing and breaking a few times as a poor man's sample of different stack traces for what it's doing.
> There are probably better ways of doing this, but that's the simple approach I've used with gdb.
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> I have a process that sporadically becomes unresponsive and starts using a lot of CPU.  Before I thought this was a GC issue, and switched to sgen, but the issue is still there.  I've use gdb with "thread apply all bk" in the past, which pointed me to the GC issues, but now it appears GC isn't really the problem.  Is there some other way to see what is causing the high CPU in gdb or is my only option to start the process with the mono profiler attached?
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