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Symptoms: Your application slowed down by two - three seconds after december 2006.

Our test environments:

  • Threaded .exe cgi running on apache 1.3 or 2.0
  • Threaded .dll cgi running on apache 1.3 or 2.0
  • Stand-alone C++ windows application compiled with BCC

Problem description:

The windows socket function GetHostByName for some unknown reasons was slowed down after a KB update microsoft put out in december 2006.

Systems affected:

Only windows XP Home 


None known


Cache that info! I create a thread upon application startup or initialization, that returns the value asynchronously.  IP and network name are not subject to change too often.