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Orca 0.26 released

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  • Blair Zajac
    Hello, I ve just finished the 0.26 version of Orca. This has a lot of work put in it, including notable performance enhancements and some major code
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 10, 2000

      I've just finished the 0.26 version of Orca. This has a lot
      of work put in it, including notable performance enhancements
      and some major code restructuring to make it easier to
      understand and edit.

      You can get it from


      Here's the change list from the previous release.


      1) Due to some changes at onelist.com, the name of this mailing must
      change. The -help at the end of orca-help is being reserved for
      the mailing list named "orca". As such, I'm renaming this list to

      2) Major speedup in starting Orca when many different source files
      exist and the first line of the file is used to tell Orca what
      columns of data there are. Now Orca caches this information in
      the state file so that the source data files do no have to be
      opened everytime Orca starts up. This has a significant speed
      improvement when the file is compressed, since a separate process
      is normally spawned to read the file.

      3) Reduce the number of size of the open file descriptor cache to 100
      open file descriptors since the change in 2) reduces the need for
      as many open file descriptors.

      4) A new configuration file parameter named filename_compare was
      added that let's Orca determine when it can flush data from loaded
      source files. This prevents Orca from loading in all of the data
      and then flushing it to the disk when the amount of new data is
      large. See the Orca documentation for more information.

      5) Allow Orca to work with RRDtool versions newer than 1.0.7.

      6) Save Orca's state more often so that if something happens to the
      Orca process, it does not have to reload all the data from the
      source data files it previously read.

      7) Have Orca print the current memory usage and CPU time more often.
      This attempts to use the proper ps command for the operating
      system Orca was configured on.

      8) Take all of the modules in the monolithic orca script and move
      them into their own files. This improves readability and

      9) Require the latest versions of Data::Dumper (2.101), Digest::MD5
      (2.09), Math::IntervalSearch (1.05), RRDs (1.0.13), and Storable

      10) Use arrays instead of hashes as the internal structure for many
      objects. This should speed access to object members and make
      their memory footprint smaller.

      11) Use a new integer file identifier (FID) instead of the filename to
      refer to in internal objects. There is now a global array keyed
      by the FID that gives the name and a hash keyed by filename that
      returns the FID. The FID is used where the filename previously
      was used. This reduces Orca's memory usage by 10%, since only one
      copy of a long filename is needed.

      These following changes are what's new in orcallator.se 1.23 and
      the orcallator.cfg file since version 1.20 which was included with
      Orca 0.25. All of the changes below are taken advantage of in the
      included orcallator.cfg and start_orcallator files.

      12) Include code to record and plot the NFS v2 and v3 server
      statistics. The new statistics are: nfss_calls, the number of NFS
      calls to the NFS server, nfss_bad, the number of bad NFS calls per
      second, and v{2,3}{reads,writes}, which are nfss_calls broken down
      into NFS version 2 and NFS version 3 calls. The sum of
      v{2,3}{reads,writes} will be less than nfss_calls as the other
      types of NFS calls, such as getattr and lookup, are not included.
      Contributed by Paul Haldane <Paul.Haldane@...>. This
      code is enabled by the standard -DWATCH_OS or individually by
      -DWATCH_NFS_SERVER. The define -DWATCH_NFS has been supperseded
      by -DWATCH_NFS_CLIENT, but to keep backwards compatibility,
      -DWATCH_NFS_CLIENT will be defined if -DWATCH_NFS is defined.

      13) When orcallator was running on a system with DiskSuite, the same
      physical disk was listed multiple times when it appeared in the
      same metadevice. The solution to the problem is not to build the
      c0t0d0 name but use the long disk name provided by the long_name
      string. Patch contributed by Paul Haldane

      14) Prevent core dumps on extremely long access log lines.
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