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I've used apache flood in the past for simulating http traffic but I find the whole build (autoconf, libxml2 and libexpat dependencies) and configuration infrastructure (XML) to be problematic.

I'm looking for similar command line tools that may have more usable build and configuration attributes? +1 for no dependence on the aforementioned build tools and XML. +100 for good linux package manager support in debian and redhat worlds.

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Have you tried/heard of httperf? It's not a terribly advanced program, but it might be of interest to you. http://www.hpl.hp.com/research/linux/httperf/.

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You might also consider tcpreplay (http://tcpreplay.synfin.net/). Use tcpdump to capture a sample of production traffic, then tcpreplay it back in a development environment.

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If you have existing traffic going through apache web server, you can use your apache access logs with jmeter http://jmeter.apache.org/usermanual/jmeter_accesslog_sampler_step_by_step.pdf

The test plans are just xml and can be executed via command line with the jmeter cmd.

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The original question did ask for no XML, though... –  pjmorse Sep 27 '12 at 13:14

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