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From Rainer Jung <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] External module suspected to be slow - how to add timer around calls
Date Sat, 28 Jan 2012 14:49:20 GMT
On 25.01.2012 14:18, DENIS Laurent wrote:
> Hello,
> *** Question ***
> How can I measure how much time is spent in the processing function of
> module?
> Of course, the supplier of the module does not provide any source code.
> My idea is to add an APRLOG_DEBUG the "apr_time_now" before and after
> the function is called (don't know yet which hook it's registered to,
> guess I'll have to add debug around all hooks).
> But I haven't found in which source code file the function is called.
> Even the faintest hint would greatly help me.
> *** Context ***
> On a Sparc T5120 server with (1 CPUs, 64vCPU, 64GB memory), running
> Solaris 10 + apache 2.2.21 worker / 2.2.17 prefork, I have
> "intermittent" slow responses.
> The server is not overloaded (5% CPU, 50GB free memory, 5MB/second on
> network link).
> The problem occurs for around 0.5% of the request (ran thousands of
> request) - even for very simple pages like an index.html of 20 bytes on
> non-SSL server.

Since it is on Solaris, you could try to use Dtrace.

> The delay occurs between the moment the moment the request is received
> and the moment the first byte of the header is sent to the client
> (verified with tcpdump on server + perl script with IO::Socket to have a
> better idea that with a wget).
> The time shown by the logs (%D) is way above the second (sometimes up to
> 120 seconds where the average time is 4ms).

%T gives better resolution.

> The server is under moderate load: 200 requests / second and have a very
> complex configuration (lots of forwards, rewrite, aliases, vhosts,
> etc...)
> There's an external module loaded for CA Siteminder that performs
> authentication. I suspect this one to be guilty for the delay, maybe by
> its communication with the policy server.
> I cannot isolate the traffic to the policy server for one request, the
> channel is cyphered and used for all the requests.

And it is not one connection per request?

> No "timing" log option available in this module as far as I can find.
> On a lightly loaded server, the delay does not appear, so I need to test
> on the production server.

mod_info could tell you about the hoks used by siteminder, so it could 
be possible to narrow down the cause with a custom module.



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