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From Michael Stover <mstov...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Newbie question: How do you capture the URLs you test using jmeter?
Date Tue, 13 Jul 2004 14:41:38 GMT
JMeter can do what you're used, though I personally don't find that the
most practical approach.

JMeter has a proxy server that can record browser requests
(http://jakarta.apache.org/jmeter/usermanual/best-practices.html#proxy_server and follow links
there for more details)

JMeter can automatically follow redirects and download most embedded
objects (images, applets, etc).  This is not foolproof though, and
JMeter does not simulate a browser's cache.  This is why I usually find
it easier to let the proxy recorder record every request and then
manipulate the test with everything explicit (a redirected request
becomes two request objects in the tree and follow-redirect is turned
off).  It makes for a bigger test script, but there's more flexibility.

For making your test dynamic, there are too many options to detail them
here.  Try these pages:
http://wiki.apache.org/jakarta-jmeter/JMeterFAQ#head-75174ebf2091fc8142f067e5fd8a6d7e5a566b8c
http://jakarta.apache.org/jmeter/usermanual/functions.html
http://jakarta.apache.org/jmeter/usermanual/component_reference.html#Regular_Expression_Extractor
http://jakarta.apache.org/jmeter/usermanual/component_reference.html#HTML_Link_Parser

That should get you started.

-Mike

On Tue, 2004-07-13 at 10:23, joelsherriff wrote:
> Though I have lot's of experience with commercial test tools, I'm new to
> jmeter (1 whole day of playing with it) so this is the first of what will
> probably turn out to be a string of questions...anyone please feel free to
> correct any misassumptions I may make.
> 
> Not sure how to expand the subject question without describing what I'm used
> to, so I will.  I'm used to a capture mechanism that traces the http
> requests made by a browser to create a script containing requests made to a
> server.  The script contains one request per main page and the test software
> automatically parses the reply to that request to make all necessary
> subrequests, redirected requests, etc.
> 
> So I guess I really have two questions to start with:
> 
> How do most of you "capture" the requests you want to make, since in the
> real-world things get complex very fast...do you use server logs, mostly?
> 
> Can someone give a pointer to a complex example of parsing a reply to build
> a dynamic variablized request?  Just something I can look at to see what
> steps are necessary.
> 
> Thanks in advance
> 
> J
> 
> 
> 
> 
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Michael Stover <mstover1@apache.org>
Apache Software Foundation


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