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How come sed is so fast?

I thought about whether this question is suitable for SE or not, I hope you agree it is. Some time ago I asked on SE how to find text in files and leave the file with only the matching lines that ...
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Horrible Iceweasel and Opera performance when watching youtube

I have 64-bit Debian on laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 2.5GHz, Nvidia Quadro NVS140M GPU and 4GB RAM. For now - im on vacation and im using 3G USB modem. I have relatively slow but high quality ...
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Is cmp faster than diff -q?

In a recent Ask Ubuntu question on checking whether some files have differing content, I saw a comment stating that, if the differing sections didn't matter, cmp would be faster than diff. This Stack ...
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blktrace - differentiating between sequential to random io

I'm looking for a way to determine whether an app is doing sequential or random I/O. Is it possible to look at a blktrace capture and say if I/O is sequential or random? If yes, any examples of what ...
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Why doesn't rsync take advantage of the mv command when --remove-source-files is specified?

Assume I want to move a tree in the filesystem, e.g. /path/to/a a.txt b.txt to another location with rsync (3.0.9 protocol version 30), e.g. with rsync -a --remove-source-files /path/to/a/ ...
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How to test Disk IO on VMs with iozone?

I want to test the disk IO performance like read, write, random read, random write and so on both in physical machine and VMs (with aufs file system). Also I want to test the throughput performance in ...
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Is it bad to have too many Kernel modules?

I'm trying to compile a Linux kernel to debug an issue I have on Arch Linux, and I was configuring modules, but I didn't know what a lot of the stuff was so I left them on. If this kernel works I ...
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why doesn't iozone generate output file?

I'm using iozone3 for tesing, on Xamin (an Debian-based OS). When I enter iozone command, for example iozone -Rab output.xls, the test runs successfully. But after running the test (after displaying ...
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dd write vs read performance

I have recently done some performance tests on a new server (using dd) and wonder why read performance is so much worse than write performance? Shouldn't it be another way around? file size was in ...
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grep with a lot of files which contains a lot of lines?

Imagine we have a lot of huge(30000 line)files: a.2014-05-06, a.2014-05-07, a.2014-05-08 and so on. I know that we can grep a line with word using this command: grep "word" a.* First I guess this ...
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How much speed difference for a tweaked bios versus uefi boot? [closed]

EFI can be faster, but that's not certain. The biggest speed difference is in hardware initialization early in the process. On my systems, this is a fraction of the total boot time, so a ...
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Authentication very slow (both with ssh and su)

I'm having a problem on one of our production servers where the login attempts become progressively slower as time passes. After roughly 5 days it becomes so slow that some critical processes/cron ...
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Lower cpu performance in Linux [closed]

I have a problem with my CPU performance in Linux. I have a laptop, Toshiba Satellite C660-101. Despite the fact that the CPU works perfectly fine in Windows 7, Linux has some serious issues. ...
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RAID Level 5 versus Level 1

Is it slower to write one block in RAID Level 5 with 5 disks than RAID 1 with two disks (mirroring only)? I think No since with Level 5 you are writing the data and the parity (two writes). With Level ...
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Will grep go faster with line breaks?

I have some big files that I have changed into "standardized form", removing line breaks. I want to speed up greps on those files. I know that you can optimize grep by doing grep 'partofpattern' | ...
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Is dash or some other shell “faster” than bash?

I always thought that the only benefit of using dash instead of bash was that dash was smaller, and therefore many instances of dash would start faster at boot time. But I have done some research, ...
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Why is `tac file | grep foo' (piping) faster than `grep foo < <(tac file)' (process substitution)?

This question was motivated by "Reverse grepping", about grepping a huge file from bottom up. @chaos said: tac file | grep whatever Or a bit more effective: grep whatever < <(tac file) ...
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Reverse grepping

Let's say, I have a really big text file (about 10.000.000 lines). I need to grep it from the end and save result to a file. What's the most efficient way to accomplish task?
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Artificially prime buffer cache?

Is it beneficial to artificially prime the buffer cache when dealing with larger files? Here's a scenario: A large file needs to be processed, line by line. Conceptually, it is easy to parallelize ...
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Reduce bad block retry / wait times in Ubuntu

How can I reduce the IO wait time and retry times so that the OS doesn't continually try to write to a failing drive? I have an system that I use to make copies of demo content that gets loaned out ...
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Ubuntu with LAMP+Mediawiki suffering spikes

I'm sorry if this question is off topic, but I'll give it a shot: I have a VPS running Ubuntu 12.04, a LAMP stack, and Mediawiki. After installing Mediawiki I noticed that my wiki site was spiking, ...
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Slow Linux machine [closed]

Every time I login (via ssh) in my Linux/debian computer it takes too long for the password prompt to appear. Also, every time I try to run a python script or a tcpdump it takes too long until it ...
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Limit on the number of btrfs snapshots?

I am considering using btrfs on my data drive so that I can use snapper, or something like snapper, to take time based snapshots. I believe this will let me browse old versions of my data. This would ...
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Cgroups - memory subsystem

I want to set the memory.limit_in_bytes parameter for a control group and disable OOM, so processes freeze when the limit is reached. But i want to change that limit dynamically, if there is more ...
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Testing the Success of a Congestion Algorithm

How do you test whether a particular congestion algorithm is working for you? I ask because it's not as if I can easily re-create a representative workload for most algorithms. I'm current looking at ...
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apache mod_security and performance

I have a list of bots to block, so I was thinking that fail2ban could be a solution until I realized that mod_security would be more efficient in this kind of tasks. The number of bots is huge, so ...
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Advantages to uploading files to /tmp before moving off to permanent storage?

It seems the common trend in programming when building functionality for handling file uploads is to have the file first uploaded to a temporary directory/folder (e.g. /tmp on Linux). Once the file ...
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Does ionice work with the deadline scheduler?

My Debian Wheezy systems use the deadline scheduler. I'm accustomed to using ionice to reschedule the I/O priority of disk-intensive jobs at busy times, and anecdotally this seems to help (but I ...
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Do kernel threads seem to interfere with full tickless mode?

I'm trying to disable local timer interrupts for low latency. I have full tickless mode enabled in the kernel config and I have the boot parameter nohz_full set for the cores in question. However ...
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Very high CPU load, but nothing significant in top

I'm running Ubuntu Linux 12.04.1, with VirtualMin 4.08.gpl GPL and 2 CPU cores. Pretty much all the time for the last few weeks, it's been running at well above load average of 5, usually up closer ...
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How do I create a RAM disk on Linux Mint?

I am running a package that adds data to the end of 140–300 files each time through the process. I'm thinking of moving the process to a RAM disk, and using rsync to copy it back when done. My goal ...
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What are the exact differences between awk and cut with grep? [closed]

We know that we can get the second column of the line we want from a file using these two techniques: awk '/WORD/ { print $2 }' filename or grep WORD filename| cut -f 2 -d ' ' My questions are: ...
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Very poor read performance compared to write performance on md(raid1) / crypt(luks) / lvm

I'm experiencing very poor read performance over raid1/crypt/lvm. In the same time, write speeds are about 2x+ faster on the same setup. On another raid1 setup on the same machine I get normal read ...
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If a buggy application underperforms, it it possible server tuning could have no affect?

To set the stage, imagine if you will: A read-heavy Tomcat Application with MySQL on Red Hat Enterprise Linux with some problematic Java Class files which resulted in the application performing a ...
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Monitoring Disk Latency

We have quite a few physical machines in our environment, yet we have no trending data over a period of time for disk latency statistics. We can easily run the standard iostat commands to see what the ...
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What is the expected performance of obnam? Or: why is it so slow?

I've been playing around with obnam these last few days, and although it looks very promising and seems to offer basically everything I ever wanted in a backup tool, I am pretty disappointed in its ...
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CPU Placement in KVM

I have a configuration of KVM guests where the cpu placement is configured as follows: <vcpu placement='static'>1</vcpu> Now since I don't have a cpuset specified I was reading libvirt ...
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Is it useful to setup RAID0 on laptop? [closed]

I have a Dell laptop, which I am going to replace the CD-ROM hub with a HDD. I am thinking if I setup a RAID0 on my original HDD and the new HDD, would I have some I/O performance improvement? ...
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How does downloading speed vary between download managers? [closed]

I used several download managers on Ubuntu and found variation in downloading speed. uGet (recommended) Flareget xdm (Xtreme Download Manager) Steadyflow I find variation in downloading speed. My ...
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Performance differences between pipelines and process substitution

I tend to use pipelines in my bash scripts over process substitution in most situations, especially in cases of using multiple sets of commands as it seems more readable to do ... | ... | ... over ... ...
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speed up linux server [closed]

On my VPS, I have centOS 6.5 installed with 2 virtual cpu 2048 MB memory, 60 GB disk and 300 GB monthly data. Doing a speed test today resulted in 168.62 Mbit/s dload and 37.39 Mbit/s upload. Then my ...
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Large ext4 partition ridiculously slow when writing

We have four identical Linux servers with a large (5T) hard disk partition. We have Scientific Linux with this kernel: Linux s3.law.di.unimi.it 2.6.32-358.18.1.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Tue Aug 27 14:23:09 ...
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How to record the actual running time of a program with other programs running? [duplicate]

When timing the wall time performance of an OpenMP program on Linux while other programs are running, how can I get the actual running time?
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Why is writing SLOW on raw device, and FAST on filesystem (USB key)?

I have a USB key (PQI U822V-Speedy 32G) that I am trying to benchmark quick'n'dirty on Linux. I'm testing write bandwith. dd on raw partition I created a partition starting at sector 2048, then did ...
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Attempting to Abbreviate kSAR's PDF output

I'm currently writing a cronjob around kSar's command line (non-GUI) options in order generate PDF's. I'm just going to email a PDF of the previous day's activity to a different webmaster (basically ...
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RFC 2544 / Y1564 software implementation

Is there any RFC 2544 and/or Y1564 software available for Linux? I'm aware that tools like iperf, bw-ng and bmon exist, but I was not able to find something that mimics Ethernet tester functionality ...
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Why is my TCP throughput much greater than UDP throughput?

I haven't done anything unusual to my hardware or kernel configurations (all default settings, fresh OS install, Linux kernel 3.11 TCP/IP stack) and I'm averaging about 3.83 million messages per ...
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High performance routing with high churn ruleset. What approach is most likely to scale to C10K and beyond?

I've been asked to create a high throughput router using PC / server hardware. I'm modestly familiar with pf, iptables, and tc, but I've never had such high churn and so many rules. I hope you can ...
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Why is iterating over a file twice faster than reading it into memory and computing twice?

I'm comparing the following tail -n 1000000 stdout.log | grep -c '"success": true' tail -n 1000000 stdout.log | grep -c '"success": false' with the following log=$(tail -n 1000000 stdout.log) echo ...
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Can we make grep faster by indexing words in files? [duplicate]

Over a decade ago I imagined an improved version of grep that would use indexes to make recursive searching faster. I never got around to writing it, but I wonder if somebody else did! My original ...