1. A control file for a program, especially a text file automatically read from
each user's home directory and intended to be easily modified by the user in
order to customise the program's behaviour. Used to avoid hard-coded choices
(see also dot file, rc file).
2. A report on the amounts of time spent in each routine of a program, used to
find and tune away the hot spots in it. This sense is often verbed. Some
profiling modes report units other than time (such as call counts) and/or report
at granularities other than per-routine, but the idea is similar.
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