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Date:   Tue, 12 Feb 2019 16:42:04 -0800
From:   Eric Dumazet <>
To:     Stefano Brivio <>,
        Stephen Hemminger <>
Cc:, Sabrina Dubroca <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH iproute2 net-next v2 3/4] ss: Buffer raw fields first,
 then render them as a table

On 12/11/2017 04:46 PM, Stefano Brivio wrote:
> This allows us to measure the maximum field length for each
> column before printing fields and will permit us to apply
> optimal field spacing and distribution. Structure of the output
> buffer with chunked allocation is described in comments.
> Output is still unchanged, original spacing is used.
> Running over one million sockets with -tul options by simply
> modifying main() to loop 50,000 times over the *_show()
> functions, buffering the whole output and rendering it at the
> end, with 10 UDP sockets, 10 TCP sockets, while throwing
> output away, doesn't show significant changes in execution time
> on my laptop with an Intel i7-6600U CPU:
> - before this patch:
> $ time ./ss -tul > /dev/null
> real	0m29.899s
> user	0m2.017s
> sys	0m27.801s
> - after this patch:
> $ time ./ss -tul > /dev/null
> real	0m29.827s
> user	0m1.942s
> sys	0m27.812s

I do not get it.

"ss -emoi " uses almost 1KB per socket.

10,000,000 sockets -> we need about 10GB of memory  ???

This is a serious regression.

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