3. Profile Definitions
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3. Profile Definitions

Updated: October 20, 2013

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1

Windows® Performance Recorder (WPR) recording profiles are stored in an XML file that has a .wprp extension. Profile definitions bring together the collector and provider definitions in the .wprp file.

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You define a WPR profile by using (<Profile> … </Profile> XML tags that refer to collector and provider definition XML tags that you define in either the same .wprp file or by using inheritance in another .wprp file. Each profile definition XML tag must have the following attributes:

  • Id: Unique identifier of the profile definition. Use the following profile identifier construction:

    <Name>.<DetailLevel>.<LoggingMode>.

  • Name: String that indicates the name of the profile.

  • DetailLevel: Attribute that specifies whether a profile definition is used for timing tracing (Light) or analysis tracing (Verbose).

  • LoggingMode: Attribute that specifies whether the profile logs events to a sequential file or to circular memory buffers. All profiles must have both a file and a memory version in the same .wprp file.

  • Description: Textual description of the profile that the user sees.

WPR supports performance recording for both file and memory logging modes for each .wprp file except for on/off profiles. You must log on/off profiles to a file, but you must define both a file and a memory version. Because a single profile definition can support only one logging mode, there can be two or four profile definitions in a .wprp file, one for each combination of logging mode and detail level. All profile definitions in a single .wprp file must have the same Name attribute.

<Name>.<DetailLevel>.<LoggingMode>

The following code example shows Example1.wprp. This file contains two profile definitions. The ellipsis (…) represents the body of the profile.

<Profile
  Id="Example1.Verbose.File"
  Name="Example1"
  DetailLevel="Verbose"
  LoggingMode="File"
  Description="Example1 profile">
…
</Profile>
<Profile
  Id="Example1.Verbose.Memory"
  Name="Example1"
  DetailLevel="Verbose"
  LoggingMode="Memory"
  Description="Example1 profile">
…
</Profile>

The following code example shows Example2.wprp. This file contains four profile definitions. The ellipsis (…) represents the body of the profile.

<Profile
  Id="Example2.Verbose.File"
  Name="Example2"
  DetailLevel="Verbose"
  LoggingMode="File"
  Description="Example2 profile">
…
</Profile>
<Profile
  Id="Example2.Light.File"
  Name="Example2"
  DetailLevel="Light"
  LoggingMode="File"
  Description="Example2 profile">
…
</Profile>
<Profile
  Id="Example2.Verbose.Memory"
  Name="Example2"
  DetailLevel="Verbose"
  LoggingMode="Memory"
  Description="Example2 profile">
…
</Profile>
<Profile
  Id="Example2.Light.Memory"
  Name="Example2"
  DetailLevel="Light"
  LoggingMode="Memory"
  Description="Example2 profile">
…
</Profile>

The Collectors element contains references to previously defined system and event collectors. The SystemCollectorId and EventCollectorId elements identify these collectors.

Each SystemCollectorId and EventCollectorId element contains a mandatory Value attribute that specifies the Id attribute of the collector that is to be used. Each SystemCollectorId and EventCollectorId element also contains a list of either SystemProviderId or EventCollectorId elements. These elements have similar syntax. However, these elements refer to previously-defined system and event providers.

You can also define collectors and providers inside the profile definition.

The following code example shows a complete profile definition.

<Profile
  Id="Example.Light.File"
  Name="Example"
  DetailLevel="Light"
  LoggingMode="File"
  Description="Example profile">
  <ProblemCategories> 
    <ProblemCategory
      Value="First Level Triage"/>
  </ProblemCategories> 
  <Collectors> 
    <SystemCollectorId
      Value="WPRSystemCollector">
      <!--Enables the system provider for this system collector. --> 
      <SystemProviderId
        Value="system-provider"/>
    </SystemCollectorId> 
    <EventCollectorId
      Value="WPREventCollector">
      <EventProviders> 
      <!--Enables two event providers for this event collector. --> 
        <EventProviderId
          Value="Win32K-provider"/>
        <EventProviderId
          Value="Search-Core-provider"/>
      </EventProviders> 
    </EventCollectorId> 
  </Collectors>
</Profile>

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