Simple Bonnie++ Example

Simple Bonnie++ Example

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Linux penguinBonnie++ is a disk and file system benchmarking tool for measuring I/O performance. With Bonnie++ you can quickly and easily produce a meaningful value to represent your current file system performance.

Before using Bonnie++ make sure that you have it installed on your system. In Ubuntu, use apt-get to install the bonnie++ package.

apt-get install bonnie++

Run the bonnie++ command  with the following attributes:

  • [TEST_LOCATION] – is where bonnie++ will create the benchmark operations.
  • [TEST_SIZE] – the size of the test file – this should be greater than double the RAM in your system.
  • [TEST_NAME] – this is simply a label which will be written out with the results.
  • [TEST_USER] – the user who should perform the test. This is not required if you are not running as root.
bonnie++ -d [TEST_LOCATION] -s [TEST_SIZE] -n 0 -m [TEST_NAME] -f -b -u [TEST_USER]

For example:

bonnie++ -d /tmp -s 4G -n 0 -m TEST -f -b -u james

Using uid:1000, gid:1000.
Writing intelligently...done
Reading intelligently...done
start 'em...done...done...done...done...done...
Version  1.96       ------Sequential Output------ --Sequential Input- --Random-
Concurrency   1     -Per Chr- --Block-- -Rewrite- -Per Chr- --Block-- --Seeks--
Machine        Size K/sec %CP K/sec %CP K/sec %CP K/sec %CP K/sec %CP  /sec %CP
TEST             4G           374271  39 214541  19           392015  17 +++++ +++
Latency                         167ms   89125us             52047us    4766us


The easiest way to understand the results of a bonnie++ test is to run the output  through the bon_csv2html utility. This perl script uses the bonnie++ results and generates a HTML page which you can later open with your web browser.

Copy the last line of the bonnie++ output into the echo command to replace [RESULTS] and alter the [OUTPUT] path to point to where you would like to save your results.

echo "[RESULTS]" | bon_csv2html > [OUTPUT]

Example command:

echo "1.96,1.96,TEST,1,1387339401,4G,,,,374271,39,214541,19,,,392015,17,+++++,+++,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,167ms,89125us,,52047us,4766us,,,,,," | bon_csv2html > /tmp/test.html

Finally open the output file with your web browser.


See my other post on using bonnie++ to benchmark your file system.

1 Comment


3-Feb-2019 at 8:00 pm

Great article. Many thanks.

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