I'm looking for something like nice for cpu, but for network usage that will limit application network consumption to level that will configure.

I have problems with xapian-replicate-server that is consuming 80 % of my network. It's causing mysql connections problem (mysql server is working on this machine too). I can't move xapian or mysql to other machine so i need to limit xapian network usage to a decent level.

Is there any tool that will help me do this ?

  • Most managed switches (even low-cost ones) feature QoS so that you can prioritize traffic. – gravyface Apr 24 '12 at 10:49
  • This is an old example with iproute and iptables (you may have netfilter already but it should be similar): lartc.org/howto/lartc.cookbook.fullnat.intro.html – ott-- Apr 24 '12 at 10:58
  • But, netfilter == iptables? – Kyle Smith Apr 24 '12 at 11:24

tc, iptables etc can all do this, but just to be different:

You can use Linux kernel feature cgroups and its net_cls module for limiting xapian-replicate-server. Something like this should do:

mount -t cgroup -onet net /sys/fs/cgroup
cd /sys/fs/cgroup
mkdir xapian-replicate-server
/bin/echo $$ > xapian-replicate-server/tasks
/bin/echo 2048 > xapian-replicate-server/net.tcp
/bin/echo 4096 > xapian-replicate-server/net.tot

This would create a new cgroup for Xapian and give it total of 2048 kilobytes/s TCP traffic bandwidth and 4096 kilobytes/s of total whatever network traffic bandwidth.

  • You should mount the cgroup filesystem under /sys/fs/cgroup/net_cls if your distribution does not already do so. – Sam Morris Apr 24 '12 at 11:07
  • @Sam Morris: Oops! Fixed my comment :) – Janne Pikkarainen Apr 24 '12 at 11:30
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    This cgroup no longer functions that way. You need to add a series of qdiscs, classes and filters and then mark the class you want that cgroups traffic to go into with net_cls.classid – Matthew Ife Oct 18 '13 at 20:58

Seems like "trickle" could work for you: http://monkey.org/~marius/trickle/

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