I'm having a couple of problems that I can't get to the bottom of. I'm
using a FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE-p2 server running on AMD64, serving ssh
and https, with various Mac OS X and Windows clients. I have recently
come to wonder if these problems (described below) are related to SSL
somehow, or perhaps /dev/random. If there's any tuning I could do
along those lines, or if anyone has any other tips at all that could
improve this situation, I'd very much love to hear them.
1) Paging through a lot of text over SSH is very slow.
If I compile a large program, or cat a large text file, or even use
less to page through 8-10 pages of text, ssh becomes very slow.
Sometimes I can wait it out, and let it catch up after a half minute
or so, but sometimes I just have to kill ssh and reconnect.
This is notable to me because when I was running other operating
systems on the same box (Solaris 10 and Linux, at various points in
the past), which I could of course make my connection fail if I ran
pathological tests, the difference was like night and day. Now, if I
cat a file which turns out to be bigger than I expect, typing ^C
several times - even if I do so just a couple of seconds after I start
the cat - tends to cancel the cat only rarely... the buffer is so far
behind that it can't process my input until it catches up, which it
can't do and I have to end up killing the connection. This is much
different than my experience with other operating systems.
This happens when I'm using OpenSSH 5.1p1 on my Mac, and when I'm
using any of several recent versions of PuTTY on the various Windows
Oddly, I can get decent speed when copying large files over sftp or
scp - I haven't done any benchmarks, but it's in line with normal
network speed for a 100mbps network.
2) SVN over both svn+ssh:// and https:// is also very slow
The repository in question is only three revisions old, and the whole
repo is less than 200K. All of the files are plain text.
If I check this repo out, via either svn+ssh, or https, using the
command line client installed on my Mac (which happens to be...
Subversion 1.5.1), it takes two or three minutes over a perfectly fast
Internet connection. If I use TortoiseSVN on a Windows machine, it
takes so long that TSVN times out and says it can't complete the
transaction. (Using a command-line SVN client on Windows seems to
produce similar results to the command line client on my Mac).
If I type in the https:// URL for the subversion repository in a web
browser, and click on individual text files, it displays them much
more slowly (taking several seconds for a file only a few KB large)
than I would expect as well.
I have tried this with Subversion version 1.5.1 and 1.6.0, compiled
from ports, on the FreeBSD server, with no change.
When this is happening, load remains at near 0.00 on the FreeBSD
server. The network connection is plenty fast, as previously
mentioned, and the behavior is the same whether I'm connecting over
the Internet (the FreeBSD box has a 16mbps/2mbps link) or the 100mbps
For the record: I *have* compiled my own kernel, but its configuration
differs only from the GENERIC kernel in my appending of the following
If necessary, I can test with the GENERIC kernel again.
I have not changed the kern.random parameters, but here they are for
the sake of completeness. They are in line with the defaults, at least
as far as i can tell from random(4).
# sysctl kern.random
I very much thank anyone for any help they can provide.
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