Re: Really slow netstat and /proc/net/tcp in 2.4

From: Andi Kleen (
Date: Fri Oct 12 2001 - 14:56:01 EST

In article <>,
Simon Kirby <> writes:
> On Thu, Oct 11, 2001 at 11:30:25PM +0400, wrote:
>> Hello!
>> > Is there something that changed from 2.2 -> 2.4 with regards to the
>> > speed of netstat and /proc/net/tcp?
>> Incredibly high size of hash table, I think.
>> At least here size is ~1MB. And all this is read each 1K of data read
>> via /proc/ :-)

> So it's walking the hash table per block read, and the hash table is very
> large? Hmm. I notice it's a bit faster if I use dd if=/proc/net/tcp
> of=/dev/null bs=1024k, but not much.

> Is it possible to fix this? Was the 2.2 hash table just that much
> smaller?

The hash table is likely to big anyways; eating cache and not helping that
much. If you're interested in some testing
I can send you patches to change it by hand and collect statistics for
average hash queue length. Then you can figure out a good size for your
workload with some work. Longer time I think the table sizing heuristics
are far too aggressive and need to be throttled back; but that needs more
data from real servers.


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