Profile Guided Optimization

PGO is the process of adding probes to a compiled binary, running said binary, then using the run-time information to recompile the binary to (hopefully) make it faster.

How PGO Builds Work

The supported interface for invoking a PGO build is to add MOZ_PGO=1 to configure flags and then build. e.g. in your mozconfig:

ac_add_options MOZ_PGO=1


$ ./mach build

This is roughly equivalent to:

#. Perform a build with *--enable-profile-generate* in $topobjdir/instrumented
#. Perform a run of the instrumented binaries with build/pgo/
#. Perform a build with *--enable-profile-use* in $topobjdir