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spray - spray packets


/usr/sbin/spray [-c count] [-d delay] [-l length]
[-t nettype] host


spray sends a one-way stream of packets to host using RPC, and reports
how many were received, as well as the transfer rate. The host argument
can be either a name or an Internet address.

spray is not useful as a networking benchmark, as it uses unreliable
connectionless transports, UDP for example. spray can report a large
number of packets dropped when the drops were caused by spray sending
packets faster than they can be buffered locally, that is, before the
packets get to the network medium.


-c count
Specify how many packets to send. The default value of
count is the number of packets required to make the total
stream size 100000 bytes.

-d delay
Specify how many microseconds to pause between sending each
packet. The default is 0.

-l length
The length parameter is the numbers of bytes in the
Ethernet packet that holds the RPC call message. Since the
data is encoded using XDR, and XDR only deals with 32 bit
quantities, not all values of length are possible, and
spray rounds up to the nearest possible value. When length
is greater than 1514, then the RPC call can no longer be
encapsulated in one Ethernet packet, so the length field no
longer has a simple correspondence to Ethernet packet size.
The default value of length is 86 bytes, the size of the
RPC and UDP headers.

-t nettype
Specify class of transports. Defaults to netpath. See
rpc(3NSL) for a description of supported classes.


rpc(3NSL), attributes(7)

November 6, 2000 SPRAY(8)