[Snort-users] 100% Outstanding - what does that mean?

Justin Heath justin.heath at ...11827...
Mon Aug 9 11:16:43 EDT 2010


That means that it's really, really good. In fact, you could say that
it's outstanding! :)

On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 11:04 AM, Bryan Arenal <b.arenal at ...11827...> wrote:
> I just set up a new sensor and when checking its performance
> statistics, I am seeing a couple of the interfaces with Outstanding at
> 100%.  Here's the output from one of the interfaces:
>
> Aug  9 06:56:54 spock snort[1536]:
> ===============================================================================
> Aug  9 06:56:54 spock snort[1536]: Packet I/O Totals:
> Aug  9 06:56:54 spock snort[1536]:    Received:    202781012
> Aug  9 06:56:54 spock snort[1536]:    Analyzed:            0 (  0.000%)
> Aug  9 06:56:54 spock snort[1536]:     Dropped:            0 (  0.000%)
> Aug  9 06:56:54 spock snort[1536]:    Filtered:            0 (  0.000%)
> Aug  9 06:56:54 spock snort[1536]: Outstanding:    202781012 (100.000%)
> Aug  9 06:56:54 spock snort[1536]:    Injected:            0
> Aug  9 06:56:54 spock snort[1536]:
> ===============================================================================
>
> What exactly does that mean?  A google search shows a February email
> from Matt Watchinski saying, "Outstanding means that packets never got
> out of the ethernet card before they got dropped.  IE pcap didn't get
> to them before they disappeared."  But the README.counts in the 2.9.0
> beta documentation says "Outstanding indicates how many packets are
> buffered awaiting processing."  So I suppose I'm a bit confused.  If
> they're buffered, pcap has gotten to them, correct?  Can I see why
> 100% of them are buffered and not processing?
>
> Regards,
>
> Bryan
>
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