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Your JoeDog has fixed a problem in which the application hung when running in timed mode (-t N / –time=N) on some platforms. No, really this time! Although we’ve not been able to reproduce the problem, enough siegers had seen it plodding in the wild to convince us that this Big Foot existed. Siege-4.1.5 also fixes an FTP problem. If the target server had a functioning listener but its handlers were hosed, siege would continue reading zero bytes on an endless loop. Now it’s able to say, “Hey, man. You’re listening but you’re not doing a damn thing for me.” The result is FTP/421.

We recommend all users upgrade to siege-4.1.5


UPDATE: A sieger found an error in this release. DO NOT USE siege-4.1.4. We will have an new update soon.

Your JoeDog has been fighting a problem on a spattering of Linux platforms. Some of your fellow siegers reported application hangs when running in timed mode (-t N / –time=N). Unfortunately, Your JoeDog was not able to replicate the problem. Thanks to the persistence of people reporting this problem, we were finally able to troubleshoot it. It seems we incorrectly identified those platforms as asynchronous cancel safe. Spoiler alert: They weren’t.

This release should stop siege from hanging at the end of a timed run.

Siege-4.1.4 also fixes a problem an FTP problem. If the server had a functioning listener but its handlers were hosed, siege would continue reading zero bytes on an endless loop. Now it’s able to say, “Hey, man. You’re listening but you’re not doing a damn thing for me.” The result is FTP/421.

We recommend all users update to 4.1.4.


Your JoeDog has been doing some unexciting things but they’re necessary all the same. We’re silencing compiler warnings and fixing typos! Siege-4.1.3 is a maintenance release. If you’re a siege distributor, then you should probably update to this version. If you’re a sieger who hasn’t brought these typos or the warnings to our attention, then you can probably continue using version 4.1.2. Although it is best practice to stay current.

[SIEGE-4.1.3] ChangeLog


Your JoeDog has fixed a glaring bug! Cookie persistence was failing from one run to the next when siege was invoked with -g/–get. We often use this feature for debugging web programs and we’re surprised this failure remained hidden for so long. Cookies are persistent at the user level in $HOME/.siege/cookies.txt When siege was run as ‘siege -g <URL>’ it stored persistent cookies in that file. But when it was invoked a second time, it didn’t return it.

Huh? That’s what we said! Here’s the thing: In its primary role as a load tester, siege runs on a thread pool. It matched cookies with individual threads (or users, as we like to call them). In -g/–get mode the IDs didn’t recognize the main thread so the cookie was never returned. Version 4.1.2 fixes that.

This version also removes the stat summary when it’s run with -g/–get The purpose of that mode is for debugging headers for HTTP configurations and debugging code for web development. The stats are important in that mode and they remove valuable console real estate. If you need one-user stats, run it with one user like this: ‘siege -c1 –reps=once <URL>’

This version also fixes several typos. Thanks, Cui Fliter.


Siege 4.1.1

Your JoeDog has been busy! We’ve fixed more bugs and added more features. Whoo hoo!

This release improves –reps=once. Prior to this release, each user would complete the urls.txt files. So if you had 5 users, each URL in the file was requested five times. That’s the way it was intended, you guys! Unfortunately, that matched the expectations of exactly no siege users on Earth. Now each siege user takes an unused URL and makes a request for it. If the urls.txt file contains 100 URLs, siege will make 100 requests no matter how many users are running. NOTE: If you have the parser enabled, it will still make all those requests so the total can still be a lot higher than 100 requests.

With release 4.1.1, siege now handles HTTP 201 responses and follows its Content-Location. This works with both POST and PUT requests.

This release fixes an issue with FTP requests. You’ll have less trouble locating files. It contains other minor bug fixes as well.

You can find the latest siege release here: SIEGE-4.1.1

Siege 4.1.0

Your JoeDog fixed a bug! A password that contained a ‘#’ was chomped at the ‘#’ because siege treated it like a comment. So if you set this: login = jeff:haha#papa:Basic Realm in your siege.conf, siege would send the password ‘haha’ to the server. D’oh! This release fixes that bug.

Siege 4.1.0 also includes prettified output for credentials in ‘siege -C’ And who doesn’t like prettified output?

All siege users should probably update to version 4.1.0


Your JoeDog is happy to release fido-1.1.7. Exciting! This release contains several bug fixes that you don’t want to miss. For example, if you forgot to put “interval” inside a file block, fido checked once then never checked again. Who needs that? We added a default interval of five seconds. You can override that inside a file block:

/home/jeff/var {
rules = modified
action = /home/jeff/bin/
interval = 2s # modifiers include s=seconds, m=minutes, h=hours.
# Default is seconds if no modifier is specified

All users and packagers should update to this release.

Siege 4.0.9

Your JoeDog is proud to release siege-4.0.9. This release is filled with boring ol’ bug fixes but you need them! In the cookies module, we perform additional integrity checks to make sure you don’t experience any nasty segmentation faults. Who needs that?

This release also prettifies JSON output and corrects the default setting. The default JSON output is now FALSE – as it should be. You can set it to true in $HOME/.siege/siege.conf or by adding -j/–json at the command line.

All package managers should update to siege-4.0.9

Siege 4.0.8

Your JoeDog fixed more bugs, you guys. We’d like to thank all contributors for their Issue reports and their patch submissions. Good job!

This release fixes two issues. The parser could blow up and segfault on some less than exemplary HTML formatting. And while we own every segfault, we encourage better HTML. We’re all in this together! This release also fixes a compile issue on some platforms. All siege users are encouraged to update to 4.0.8

Siege 4.0.7

Your JoeDog is pleased to announce the release of siege-4.0.7 This release fixes several issues with cookies, namely issues with expiry and persistence. We recommend that all siege users update to this release.