Using Rbkit Desktop app
Using Rbkit desktop application
Rbkit ships with a desktop application (available for OSX and Linux), which can be used for connecting to a live application and profiling it.
Installing Rbkit desktop application
You can download Rbkit application for OSX or Linux from Downloads Page.
Connecting to a Live Ruby application
You can go ahead and press
Connect button which will bring up dialog box below. For most locally running applications the pre-populated connection parameters should work, but you can modify them if you want.
zeromq underneath and you can try to connect even if you have not started the Server. The desktop application will automatically connect whenever servers comes up.
Charts and object generation views
Once connected you should be able to receive information about your application right away.
Heap and GC charts
As shown in the screen below, you should be able to see heap and GC charts and other GC stats right away.
Object generation information
Please keep in mind - object generation information is not completely reliable, because of lack of information from Ruby runtime about generation of objects before profiling was enabled (Generation information is more easily available on Ruby 2.2.0 - but current rbkit
release does not uses that information)
Taking object snapshots and comparing
You can take full heap snapshot of a process and compare using Rbkit.
You can view Parents of objects or references held by objects.
You can compare two different snapshots to debug and see - what exactly leaked.
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