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From Paul A Houle <>
Subject Re: OT: performance FUD
Date Tue, 29 Nov 2005 21:07:17 GMT
Joshua Slive wrote:

> Suggestions to improve
> are very welcome.  Suggestions backed by data are even better.
    Basically there's nothing quantitative there.  There's a lot of talk 
about "some operating systems" and not a lot of talk about specifics.

> One issue is that this page was written for (and, in fact, by) the 
> Dean Gaudet-type performance freak who was looking to squeeze every 
> last ounce of performance when serving static pages.  All you need to 
> do is add one CGI script or php app to your site and everything on 
> that page after the hardware section gets lost in the noise.  So when 
> people mail users@httpd asking how to fix performance problems, the 
> answer is almost always "fix your database" or "rewrite your web app" 
> and not "change your apache configuration" or "get a faster web server".

    For me,  that's the reason why quantitative information is so important.

    I did extensive performance testing on the new server we 
commissioned precisely because of the situation you describe:  we had 
people saying "rewriting is slow",  "extendedstatus on is slow" -- 
people were making decisions based on qualitative statements about 
performance,  not qualitative performance.

    After doing those tests,  I learned that I had nothing to fear if I 
wanted to put in 500 rewriting rules,  but that 50,000 is too much.

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