Xdebug Profiler Files Not In xdebug.profiler_output_dir

Published: January 17, 2019


Something that’s tripped up both myself and devs that I’ve worked with is not finding Xdebug profiler files in the expected directory (/tmp by default).

It usually goes something like this…

This may be accompanied by running a sanity check, only to be accompanied by more hair pulling…

$ php -r 'var_dump(ini_get("xdebug.profiler_output_dir"));'
string(4) "/tmp"

If you find yourself in this situation, the likely cause is that your system is using PrivateTmp.

In this case the cachegrind file will actually be placed in a folder like this:


The best way to find the file in this case is as follows:

sudo find /tmp/ -name '*cachegrind*'

Max Chadwick Hi, I'm Max!

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