Best Practices

  • When writing load tests, avoid unwrap() (and variations) in your task functions -- Goose generates a lot of load, and this tends to trigger errors. Embrace Rust's warnings and properly handle all possible errors, this will save you time debugging later.
  • When running your load test, use the cargo --release flag to generate optimized code. This can generate considerably more load test traffic. Learn more about this and other optimizations in "The golden Goose egg, a compile-time adventure".



By default, Goose will time out requests that take longer than 60 seconds to return, and display a WARN level message saying, "operation timed out". For example:

11:52:17 [WARN] "/node/3672": error sending request for url (http://apache/node/3672): operation timed out

These will also show up in the error summary displayed with the final metrics. For example:

 === ERRORS ===
 Count       | Error
 51            GET (Auth) comment form: error sending request (Auth) comment form: operation timed out

To change how long before requests time out, use --timeout VALUE when starting a load test, for example --timeout 30 will time out requests that take longer than 30 seconds to return. To configure the timeout programatically, use .set_default() to set GooseDefault::Timeout.

To completely disable timeouts, you must build a custom Reqwest Client with GooseUser::set_client_builder. Alternatively, you can just set a very high timeout, for example --timeout 86400 will let a request take up to 24 hours.