How do I interpret the call graph in the XC8 list file?

The call graph shows the call hierarchy associated with functions in a program. In other words, which functions are called by a particular function. The MPLAB® XC8 compiler places the call graph in the list file.

The following is an example of a call graph for a simple program.

Code snippet:

The call hierarchy from the Compiler generated map file, under Project directory:

Call Graph Table:

(Depth) Function Calls Base Space Used Autos Params Refs
(0) _main 0 0 0 69
(1) _printf 11 11 0 69
1 COMRAM 3 3 0
(2) _putch 1 1 0 15
0 COMRAM 1 1 0
Estimated maximum stack depth 2

Call Graph Graphs:

_main (ROOT)

  • Base: The start address of this block in the compiled stack
  • Space: The memory space in which this block of the compiled stack will reside (data/program etc)
  • Used: How many bytes were used in this space
  • Autos: The number of autos and temporary variables defined in this function that uses memory in the compiled stack
  • Params: The number of parameters defined in this function that uses memory in the compiled stack
  • Refs: The total number of references to local objects in this function

main() is the root of a call graph (note that in assembly domain the main is referred to as _main)

Refer to the Compiler manual for more details about the Call Graph.

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