User Guide


Search Order

When locating binary/symbol/source files, the
Intel® VTune™
searches the following directories, in the following order:
  1. Directory
    result dir
  2. Additional search directories that you defined for this project in the
    Binary/Symbol Search
    dialog box.
  3. For local collection, an absolute path.
    For remote collection, the
    searches its cache directory for modules copied from the remote system or tries to get the module from the remote system using the absolute path.
    For results copied from a different machine, make sure to copy all the necessary source, symbol, and binary files required for result finalization.
    • For binaries, the path is captured in the result data files.
    • For symbol files, the path is referenced in the binary file.
    • For source files, the path is referenced in the symbol file.
    On Linux*, to locate the
    file, the
    searches the following directories:
    • /usr/lib/debug/lib/modules/`uname -r`/vmlinux
    • /boot/vmlinuz-`uname -r`
  4. Search around the binary file.
    1. Search the directory of the corresponding binary file.
    2. On Windows*, search the directory of the corresponding binary file and alter the name of the symbol file holding the initial extension (for example,
    3. On Linux, search the
      subdirectory of the corresponding binary file directory.
  5. On Windows, Microsoft Visual Studio* search directories. All directories are considered as non-recursive. Directories may be specific to the selected build configuration and platform in time of collection.
  6. System directories.
    On Windows:
    • Binary files:
    • Symbol files:
      • All directories specified in the
        environment variable (non-recursively). Symbol server paths are possible here as well as in step 2.
      • srv*%SYSTEMROOT%\symbols
        (treated as a symbol server path)
      • %SYSTEMROOT%\symbols\dll
    On Linux:
    • Binary files: If the file to search is a bare name only (no full path, no extension), it is appended by the
      extension before searching in the following directories:
      1. /lib/modules
      2. /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel
    • Symbol files:
      • /usr/lib/debug
      • /usr/lib/debug
        with appended path to the corresponding binary file (for example,
    • Source files:
      • /usr/src
      • /usr/src/linux-headers-`uname -r`
If the
cannot find a file that is necessary for a certain operation, such as viewing source, it brings up a window enabling you to enter the location of the missing file.
automatically applies recursive search to the
result dir
directory and some system directories (Linux only). Additional directories you specify in the project configuration are searched non-recursively.
  1. For
    non-recursive directories
    , the
    searches paths by merging the parts of the file path with the specified directory iteratively. For example, for the
    file on Linux:
  2. For
    recursive directories
    , the
    searches the same paths as for the non-recursive directory and, in addition, paths in all sub-directories up to the deepest available level. For example:
  3. For
    symbol server paths
    on Windows,
    is used from product distributive. Custom
    :s are not supported.

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