Re: RFC: per-socket statistics on received/dropped packets

From: jamal (
Date: Wed Jun 12 2002 - 08:00:08 EST

On Wed, 12 Jun 2002, Lincoln Dale wrote:

> At 08:33 AM 12/06/2002 -0400, jamal wrote:
> > > i know of many many folk who use transaction logs from HTTP caches for
> > > volume-based billing.
> > > right now, those bills are anywhere between 10% to 25% incorrect.
> > >
> > > you call that "extremely limited"?
> >
> >Surely, you must have better ways to do accounting than this -- otherwise
> >you deserve to loose money.
> many people don't have better ways to do accounting than this.

Then they dont care about loosing money.
There's nothing _more important_ to a service provider than ability to do
proper billing. Otherwise, they are a charity organization.

> in the case of Squid and Linux, they're typically using it because its
> open-source and "free".

I am hoping you didnt mean to say squid was only good because it has
these perks.

> they want to use HTTP Caching to save bandwidth (and therefore save money),
> but they also live in a regime of volume-based billing. (not everywhere on
> the planet is fixed-$/month for DSL).
> the unfortunate solution is to use HTTP Transaction logs, which count
> payload at layer-7, not payload+headers+retransmissions at layer-3.

Look at your own employers eqpt if you want to do this right.
And then search around freshmeat so you dont reinvent the wheel.

> > > of course, i am doing exactly what Dave said to do -- maintaining my own
> > > out-of-kernel patch -- but its a pain, i'm sure it will soon conflict with
> > > stuff and is a damn shame - it isn't much code, but Dave seems pretty
> > > steadfast that he isn't interested.
> >
> >You havent proven why its needed. And from the looks of it you dont even
> >need it.
> i don't need it because i already have it in my kernel.
> but thats where it ends -- its destined to forever be a private patch.

And until you prove it is worth it and useful to other people then
forever thats where it belongs. I now of nobody serious about billing
who is using sockets stats as the transaction point.

> >If 3 people need it, then i would like to ask we add lawn mower
> >support that my relatives have been asking for the last 5 years.
> lawn-mower support sounds like a userspace application to me.

But we need a new system call support


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