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So i'm trying to optimize a file called linpack.c. I have to use gcov to find the 10 most executed lines. I've been given these compiler options:

-fprofile-arcs -ftest-coverage -O2

So i ran this

$ gcc -fprofile-arcs -ftest-coverage -O2 linpack.c

the output was linpack, linpack.gcno.

Now when I try to run gcov linpack.c in order to generate linpack.c.gcov I get an error:

linpack.gcda, cannot open data file.

Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong? This should be straightforward but I have been struggling for more than an hour now.

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The linpack.gcda file should get created when you execute the program that you compiled with the profile flags. Since you didn't supply an output file name (using the -o option) on the gcc command line, you will need to execute it as a.out. For example:

$ gcc -fprofile-arcs -ftest-coverage -O2 hello.c
$ ls hello.*
hello.c  hello.gcno
$ 
$ ./a.out 
Hello world!
$ ls hello.*
hello.c  hello.gcda  hello.gcno
$ 
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