[Sysadmins] Timing automated batch jobs ...

Colm MacCárthaigh colm at allcosts.net
Tue Sep 15 12:46:23 IST 2009

THanks for all the reports ... the website was timing out, because someone
linked to it from ycombinator and reddit and it got hammered. Better
caching now in place.

2009/9/15 Colm MacCárthaigh <colm at allcosts.net>:
> For some reason, I keep coming across the pattern of cron jobs that
> have "sleep $RANDOM % 3600" in them - in a vain attempt to spread
> load. It's a really harmful dangerous pattern, it annoyed me so much,
> that I've written about it ;
> http://www.stdlib.net/~colmmacc/2009/09/14/period-pain/
> If anyone comes across this pattern, do me a favour and send me the
> details, I want to start squashing these bugs. I've opened a number of
> problem reports already with various Open Source mirroring and update
> scripts, with various degrees of success.
> --
> Colm


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