A while ago Kevin Closson announced a new release of the well-known SLOB kit.
SLOB is a simple but powerful toolkit that drives lots and lots of IO on a real Oracle database (so for performance testing of database platforms, it’s much better than synthetic IO tests).
A previous version was bundled with Outrun but required the entire Outrun distribution to work properly. With the new 2.3 version I created an RPM package that can be installed separate on any Enterprise Linux 6.x (64 bit) server.
The wiki page (including instructions) can be found here: SLOB RPM Package wiki
Thanks to Kevin for granting permission to redistribute this awesome toolkit!
- Features of the SLOB RPM package
- Runs on all flavours of Enterprise Linux (Red Hat – compatible) i.e. Oracle, CentOS or Red Hat
- Requires no additional RPMs to install
- Pre-compiled “wait_kit”
- Man page (“man slob”)
- Sets up a “slob” group and a “slob” special user to run SLOB
- Puts the original SLOB files in a shared, root-owned, non-modifyable folder (/usr/share/slob)
- Deletes the files and the special user/group when the RPM package is uninstalled
- Sets up the environment ($PATH and $SQLPATH) for users who are member of the “slob” group (so you can run slob as any other user if you like)
- Provides wrapper shell scripts “slob-setup” and “slob-run” to make working with SLOB a little bit easier
- Wrapper scripts provide dynamic parameters so you don’t have to modify slob.conf for every test run
- Performance results log directory is configurable with every run
- Provides additional SQL scripts to enhance SLOB ease-of-use and functionality (including SLOB full table scans)
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