11.3 Running the profiler

To profile a Lisp form using the set-up from the previous example, type:

(profile <forms>)

A typical output would be:

Profile stacks called 40 times 
Symbol          Called          Profile (%)    Top  (%) 
CAR              400            20      (50)    2    (5) 
CDR              300            15      (39)    3    (7) 
Top symbol not monitored 88% of the time.               

This means that during the execution of the form, the function car was called four hundred times, the function cdr was called three hundred times, and the Lisp process was interrupted forty times by the profiler. In half of these interrupts it found the function car on the stack, but only on two of these occasions was car on the top of the stack. Thirty-five times the function on the top of the stack was neither car nor cdr .

You can control the order of the output from the profiler using print-profile-list .

LispWorks User Guide - 8 Apr 2005