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Performance of libauparse



I have been investigating using libauparse in my austream replacement audit daemon to do some inline data enhancement[1]. austream is essentially a very thin wrapper which pulls audit records out of the kernel, wraps them in a UDP syslog packet and sends them to the network. It is very simple and very fast.

To measure the overhead of libauparse on austream I initialised auparse as AUSOURCE_FEED, fed each received record into it, and spat them out unmodified on receiving the AUPARSE_CB_EVENT_READY event. This added more than an order of magnitude to the time austream spends in userspace. A brief look at this overhead shows that about 40% is spent in malloc()/free(), and 25% is spent in strlen, strdup, memcpy, memmove and friends. I suspect that very substantial gains could be made in the performance of libauparse by reworking the way it uses memory, and passing the length of strings around with the strings. Unfortunately, I suspect this would amount to a substantial rewrite.

Is this something anybody else is interested in? I guess performance isn't so important if you're just scanning log files in non-real time.

Matt

[1] What I'd really like is a well-defined binary format from the kernel.
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