Re: [xsl] Recording start and end time of processing (in pipeline)

Subject: Re: [xsl] Recording start and end time of processing (in pipeline)
From: "G. Ken Holman" <gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 12:57:25 -0700
At 2010-04-29 20:18 +0100, Fabre Lambeau wrote:
I have a quite complex XSLT sheet that processes some large amount data.
I'd like to record the start and end processing times in the output, so
that I can do rudimentary profiling of the work done.

The current time is a static property in the processing of the stylesheet. You will get the same value for every call during a single execution.

I've noticed however that in the following sort of scenario (pipeline
processing using variables to store intermediary steps), I end up
getting the exact same start and end times.

By definition: it is a static property.

<xsl:template name="process">
        <xsl:variable name="start" select="current-dateTime()"/>

        <xsl:variable name="step1">
                <!-- some processing -->

        <xsl:variable name="step2">
                <!-- some processing on step1 -->

<xsl:variable name="end" select="current-dateTime()"/>

                <process start="{$start}" end="{$end}">
                        <xsl:sequence select="$step2"/>

I fully understand why (xsl processor evaluating only when necessary),
but wonder how I could get it working.

You cannot change the static nature of the call.

If you ran the following identity transform on your data and timed its execution from the command line:

  <xsl:template match="/">
    <xsl:copy-of select="."/>

.... then you would have an approximate baseline for the time taken to invoke the processor, initialize the process, read the source tree and serialize the result tree.

Then run your timer on your stylesheet and subtract the baseline time to get an approximate time for your execution.

But as for timing portions of your execution ... that is not possible using standardized facilities. Check with your vendor.

I hope this helps.

. . . . . . . . . . Ken

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