performance impact of large /etc/hosts files

Alex Zbyslaw xfb52 at
Wed Dec 12 06:59:06 PST 2007

RW wrote:

>On Wed, 12 Dec 2007 12:31:08 +0000
>Alex Zbyslaw <xfb52 at> wrote:
>>I have zero experience of squid beyond reading about it, but it has 
>>always sounded like a major resource hog.  
>It depends how you use it. I think you can probably get it down to
>about 15 MB, if you eliminate memory caching and use a modest disk
>cache. Squid needs to store per object metadata in memory, about
>10-20MB per GB of disk cache, and that's what leads to very large
>memory use.
Thanks for the info.  That doesn't seem too bad in relation to a small 
network, but I can see why a large network might want to dedicate a 
separate host.


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