We’re Number One!

nixCraft selected siege as the Number One Greatest Open Source Terminal Application of 2012. We’re not sure what that means other than AWESOME! It’s been a long road to 2012 greatness. The project began in late 1999 and was released into the wild in early 2000. Since then, it has been developed shaped by countless people from all corners of the globe.

Even though siege is a very esoteric program, its source code is downloaded around 50,000 times a year. Binaries are distributed by most major Linux vendors.  One day  a co-worker wanted to run a test from a new server so he asked if I could get him some binaries. Before I could react to the request, he said, “Nevermind.” He ran ‘apt-get install siege’ and got it from the vendor. That was a pretty cool moment for reasons other than the fact that it saved me some work.

Let’s be clear. This isn’t my recognition. It’s our recognition. For twelve years siege has been a community project and its direction will continue to be shaped by the people who use it. “Now let’s eat a god damn snack.” — Rex Ryan to the siege community.

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  • User AvatarJeff Fulmer { Ninety-five percent of the time, this error occurs because you've configured more simulated users in siege than your web server is configured to handle. If... } – Sep 10, 5:43 AM
  • User AvatarSohan { Hi, Resolved by commenting time parm in siege.rc Cheers } – Sep 09, 11:28 AM
  • User AvatarSohan { Hey, My bad. I resolved the issue by setting default time out parm in siege config. I made to 60s as per my requirement. Cheers, } – Sep 09, 11:26 AM
  • User AvatarSohan { Hey, My bad. I did not understand ordering matters for commands in siege from command line. I tried changing my order of commands and it... } – Sep 09, 11:24 AM
  • User AvatarSohan { Hi, Why the transactions number is always different in siege. Its weird getting always different transaction number when i run with same parameters } – Sep 09, 10:12 AM
  • User AvatarNateDennis { let me start by saying siege is way faster than the other tools i have found on there. excellent job. the one thing that is... } – Sep 09, 9:17 AM