Can you provide instuctions on how to install ab on a fedora distro with or without installing the apache web server? With yum or compiling from source.
Install apr-util(need to run ab):
yum install apr-util
yum install yum-utils
Download httpd an extract ab:
mkdir ~/httpd cd ~/httpd yumdownloader httpd rpm2cpio httpd-2.2.3-43.el5.centos.3.i386.rpm | cpio -idmv mv usr/bin/ab /usr/bin/ab cd ~ rm -rf ~/httpd
ab http://google.ru/ This is ApacheBench, Version 2.0.40-dev <$Revision: 1.146 $> apache-2.0
This should help you. It depends upon on Apache Portable Runtime library and APR-util library
For those who came here looking for Apache Benchmark (ab) binary, you should know that ab can be slow sometimes (testing nginx for example). Also, it requires apr-util to be installed (with sudo), and there is no standalone binary to download.
Instead, I'd recommend an alternative - wrk - it is faster and requires no dependencies:
(Or the GO variant: https://github.com/tsliwowicz/go-wrk )