Is describing sysctl variables useful?
nike_d at cytexbg.com
Thu Apr 3 21:46:27 UTC 2008
On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 11:26 PM, David Wolfskill <david at catwhisker.org> wrote:
> At work, I'm trying to get some measurements for what is going on on
> various systems, especially when developers are trying to use them.
> (The goal is to improve the situation; measurement is a rather early
> step in that process.)
> To that end, I've cobbled up a Perl script that acts as a "wrapper"
> around time(1) and uses that command to obtain the "rusage" (ref.
> getrusage(2)) information about the command in question.
> I've started to expand this to try to obtain information about the
> machine as a whole, in order to allow a comparison of the results
> from one run of a command to another to have some plausible meaning.
> For this, I thought that certain values reported by sysctl(8) might
> be of use.
> In the process of starting to investigate this, I noted that while
> some of the variables have decscriptions (ref. "sysctl -d"), others lack
> Since I'm likely to be sniffing around to figure out what these things
> are, would it be a useful exercise for me to submit PRs (in
> appropriately-sized chunks) to provide such descriptions?
> I have no desire to submit PRs merely for the exercise; I've submitted
> PRs before, so I'm unlikely to do it merely for the sake of novelty. :-}
> But if it stands a reasonable chance of being a useful thing for the
> project, I'm happy to help.
> David H. Wolfskill david at catwhisker.org
> I submit that "conspiracy" would be an appropriate collective noun for cats.
> See http://www.catwhisker.org/~david/publickey.gpg for my public key.
There is such project on the project ideas page :
Maybe you can ping the listed technical contacts...
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