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Autobench - an HTTP benchmarking suite

Copyright (C) 2001-2003 Julian T. J. Midgley <>



Autobench is distributed under the terms of the GNU Public Licence, a
copy of which may be found in the file "LICENCE".


The 'autobench' package comprises the following programs:
     - A command-line wrapper for httperf which runs httperf a number
       of times against a target host, producing a CSV or TSV format
       file for later analysis/graphing.

     - The administrative controller for distributed autobench.  Used
       to issue commands to a cluster of machines running autobenchd,
       in order to conduct synchronised multiple-client benchmarks
       against a target host.  Collates the results from all the
       clients in the cluster, and outputs CSV or TSV format file as
       with autobench.

     - The client dameon for distributed autobench.  Listens for
       commands from autobench_admin, and runs httperf to benchmark
       the target host.  Summarises the results and returns them to
       autobench_admin for collation.

     - Takes TSV benchmark results files produced by autobench or
       autobench_admin and plots them using gnuplot.

     - small utility for rapidly creating files filled with random
       data of a specified size.  Useful for creating data sets for

     - Creates session logs for use with the --wsesslog argument of
       httperf from NCSA Combined or NCSA Common Log Format web access
       logs.  Useful for generating real-life workloads from your log

Man pages are included for all of the above.


See the file "INSTALL" for installation instructions.


Autobench can be used in one of two modes.  In the non-distributed
mode, a single autobench client runs benchmarks against one or two
servers.  See the "autobench(1)" man page for details of this mode.

The distributed mode allows a server to be benchmarked using several
clients simultaneously (reducing the risk that the clients themselves
will become the bottleneck).  See the "autobench_admin(1)" and
"autobenchd(1)" man pages for details.