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Manual Reference Pages  -  AFSMONITOR (1)

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NAME

afsmonitor - Monitors File Servers and Cache Managers

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS

afsmonitor [initcmd] [-config <configuration file>]
[-frequency <poll frequency, in seconds>]
[-output <storage file name>] [-detailed]
[-debug <debug output file>]
[-fshosts <list of file servers to monitor>+]
[-cmhosts <list of cache managers to monitor>+]
[-buffers <number of buffer slots>] [-help]

afsmonitor [i] [-co <configuration file>]
[-fr <poll frequency, in seconds>]
[-o <storage file name>] [-det]
[-deb <debug output file>]
[-fs <list of file servers to monitor>+]
[-cm <list of cache managers to monitor>+]
[-b <number of buffer slots>] [-h]

DESCRIPTION

The afsmonitor command initializes a program that gathers and displays statistics about specified File Server and Cache Manager operations. It allows the issuer to monitor, from a single location, a wide range of File Server and Cache Manager operations on any number of machines in both local and foreign cells.

There are 271 available File Server statistics and 571 available Cache Manager statistics, listed in the appendix about afsmonitor statistics in the OpenAFS Administration Guide. By default, the command displays all of the relevant statistics for the file server machines named by the -fshosts argument and the client machines named by the -cmhosts argument. To limit the display to only the statistics of interest, list them in the configuration file specified by the -config argument. In addition, use the configuration file for the following purposes:
o To set threshold values for any monitored statistic. When the value of a statistic exceeds the threshold, the afsmonitor command displays it in reverse video. There are no default threshold values.
o To invoke a program or script automatically when a statistic exceeds its threshold. The AFS distribution does not include any such scripts.
o To list the file server and client machines to monitor, instead of using the -fshosts and -cmhosts arguments.
For a description of the configuration file, see afsmonitor(5).

CAUTIONS

The following software must be accessible to a machine where the afsmonitor program is running:
o The AFS xstat libraries, which the afsmonitor program uses to gather data.
o The curses graphics package, which most UNIX distributions provide as a standard utility.
The afsmonitor screens format successfully both on so-called dumb terminals and in windowing systems that emulate terminals. For the output to looks its best, the display environment needs to support reverse video and cursor addressing. Set the TERM environment variable to the correct terminal type, or to a value that has characteristics similar to the actual terminal type. The display window or terminal must be at least 80 columns wide and 12 lines long.

The afsmonitor program must run in the foreground, and in its own separate, dedicated window or terminal. The window or terminal is unavailable for any other activity as long as the afsmonitor program is running. Any number of instances of the afsmonitor program can run on a single machine, as long as each instance runs in its own dedicated window or terminal. Note that it can take up to three minutes to start an additional instance.

OPTIONS

initcmd Accommodates the command’s use of the AFS command parser, and is optional.
-config <file> Names the configuration file which lists the machines to monitor, statistics to display, and threshold values, if any. A partial pathname is interpreted relative to the current working directory. Provide this argument if not providing the -fshosts argument, -cmhosts argument, or neither. For instructions on creating this file, see the preceding DESCRIPTION section, and the section on the afsmonitor program in the OpenAFS Administration Guide.
-frequency <poll frequency> Specifies in seconds how often the afsmonitor program probes the File Servers and Cache Managers. Valid values range from 1 to 86400 (which is 24 hours); the default value is 60. This frequency applies to both File Servers and Cache Managers, but the afsmonitor program initiates the two types of probes, and processes their results, separately. The actual interval between probes to a host is the probe frequency plus the time required for all hosts to respond.
-output <file> Names the file to which the afsmonitor program writes all of the statistics that it collects. By default, no output file is created. See the section on the afsmonitor command in the OpenAFS Administration Guide for information on this file.
-detailed Formats the information in the output file named by -output argument in a maximally readable format. Provide the -output argument along with this one.
-fshosts <host>+ Names one or more machines from which to gather File Server statistics. For each machine, provide either a fully qualified host name, or an unambiguous abbreviation (the ability to resolve an abbreviation depends on the state of the cell’s name service at the time the command is issued). This argument can be combined with the -cmhosts argument, but not with the -config argument.
-cmhosts <host>+ Names one or more machines from which to gather Cache Manager statistics. For each machine, provide either a fully qualified host name, or an unambiguous abbreviation (the ability to resolve an abbreviation depends on the state of the cell’s name service at the time the command is issued). This argument can be combined with the -fshosts argument, but not with the -config argument.
-buffers <slots> Is nonoperational and provided to accommodate potential future enhancements to the program.
-help Prints the online help for this command. All other valid options are ignored.

OUTPUT

The afsmonitor program displays its data on three screens:
System Overview This screen appears automatically when the afsmonitor program initializes. It summarizes separately for File Servers and Cache Managers the number of machines being monitored and how many of them have alerts (statistics that have exceeded their thresholds). It then lists the hostname and number of alerts for each machine being monitored, indicating if appropriate that a process failed to respond to the last probe.
File Server This screen displays File Server statistics for each file server machine being monitored. It highlights statistics that have exceeded their thresholds, and identifies machines that failed to respond to the last probe.
Cache Managers This screen displays Cache Manager statistics for each client machine being monitored. It highlights statistics that have exceeded their thresholds, and identifies machines that failed to respond to the last probe.
Fields at the corners of every screen display the following information:
o In the top left corner, the program name and version number.
o In the top right corner, the screen name, current and total page numbers, and current and total column numbers. The page number (for example, p. 1 of 3) indicates the index of the current page and the total number of (vertical) pages over which data is displayed. The column number (for example, c. 1 of 235) indicates the index of the current leftmost column and the total number of columns in which data appears. (The symbol >>> indicates that there is additional data to the right; the symbol <<< indicates that there is additional data to the left.)
o In the bottom left corner, a list of the available commands. Enter the first letter in the command name to run that command. Only the currently possible options appear; for example, if there is only one page of data, the next and prev commands, which scroll the screen up and down respectively, do not appear. For descriptions of the commands, see the following section about navigating the display screens.
o In the bottom right corner, the probes field reports how many times the program has probed File Servers (fs), Cache Managers (cm), or both. The counts for File Servers and Cache Managers can differ. The freq field reports how often the program sends probes.

    Navigating the afsmonitor Display Screens

As noted, the lower left hand corner of every display screen displays the names of the commands currently available for moving to alternate screens, which can either be a different type or display more statistics or machines of the current type. To execute a command, press the lowercase version of the first letter in its name. Some commands also have an uppercase version that has a somewhat different effect, as indicated in the following list.
cm Switches to the Cache Managers screen. Available only on the System Overview and File Servers screens.
fs Switches to the File Servers screen. Available only on the System Overview and the Cache Managers screens.
left Scrolls horizontally to the left, to access the data columns situated to the left of the current set. Available when the <<< symbol appears at the top left of the screen. Press uppercase L to scroll horizontally all the way to the left (to display the first set of data columns).
next Scrolls down vertically to the next page of machine names. Available when there are two or more pages of machines and the final page is not currently displayed. Press uppercase N to scroll to the final page.
oview Switches to the System Overview screen. Available only on the Cache Managers and File Servers screens.
prev Scrolls up vertically to the previous page of machine names. Available when there are two or more pages of machines and the first page is not currently displayed. Press uppercase N to scroll to the first page.
right Scrolls horizontally to the right, to access the data columns situated to the right of the current set. This command is available when the >>> symbol appears at the upper right of the screen. Press uppercase R to scroll horizontally all the way to the right (to display the final set of data columns).

    The System Overview Screen

The System Overview screen appears automatically as the afsmonitor program initializes. This screen displays the status of as many File Server and Cache Manager processes as can fit in the current window; scroll down to access additional information.

The information on this screen is split into File Server information on the left and Cache Manager information on the right. The header for each grouping reports two pieces of information:
o The number of machines on which the program is monitoring the indicated process.
o The number of alerts and the number of machines affected by them (an alert means that a statistic has exceeded its threshold or a process failed to respond to the last probe).
A list of the machines being monitored follows. If there are any alerts on a machine, the number of them appears in square brackets to the left of the hostname. If a process failed to respond to the last probe, the letters PF (probe failure) appear in square brackets to the left of the hostname.

    The File Servers Screen

The File Servers screen displays the values collected at the most recent probe for File Server statistics.

A summary line at the top of the screen (just below the standard program version and screen title blocks) specifies the number of monitored File Servers, the number of alerts, and the number of machines affected by the alerts.

The first column always displays the hostnames of the machines running the monitored File Servers.

To the right of the hostname column appear as many columns of statistics as can fit within the current width of the display screen or window; each column requires space for 10 characters. The name of the statistic appears at the top of each column. If the File Server on a machine did not respond to the most recent probe, a pair of dashes (--) appears in each column. If a value exceeds its configured threshold, it is highlighted in reverse video. If a value is too large to fit into the allotted column width, it overflows into the next row in the same column.

    The Cache Managers Screen

The Cache Managers screen displays the values collected at the most recent probe for Cache Manager statistics.

A summary line at the top of the screen (just below the standard program version and screen title blocks) specifies the number of monitored Cache Managers, the number of alerts, and the number of machines affected by the alerts.

The first column always displays the hostnames of the machines running the monitored Cache Managers.

To the right of the hostname column appear as many columns of statistics as can fit within the current width of the display screen or window; each column requires space for 10 characters. The name of the statistic appears at the top of each column. If the Cache Manager on a machine did not respond to the most recent probe, a pair of dashes (--) appears in each column. If a value exceeds its configured threshold, it is highlighted in reverse video. If a value is too large to fit into the allotted column width, it overflows into the next row in the same column.

    Writing to an Output File

Include the -output argument to name the file into which the afsmonitor program writes all of the statistics it collects. The output file can be useful for tracking performance over long periods of time, and enables the administrator to apply post-processing techniques that reveal system trends. The AFS distribution does not include any post-processing programs.

The output file is in ASCII format and records the same information as the File Server and Cache Manager display screens. Each line in the file uses the following format to record the time at which the afsmonitor program gathered the indicated statistic from the Cache Manager (CM) or File Server (FS) running on the machine called host_name. If a probe failed, the error code -1 appears in the statistic field.



   <time>  <host_name>  CM|FS   <statistic>



If the administrator usually reviews the output file manually, rather than using it as input to an automated analysis program or script, including the -detail flag formats the data in a more easily readable form.

EXAMPLES

For examples of commands, display screens, and configuration files, see the section about the afsmonitor program in the OpenAFS Administration Guide.

PRIVILEGE REQUIRED

None

SEE ALSO

afsmonitor(5) fstrace(8), scout(1)

The OpenAFS Administration Guide at <http://docs.openafs.org/AdminGuide/>.

COPYRIGHT

IBM Corporation 2000. <http://www.ibm.com/> All Rights Reserved.

This documentation is covered by the IBM Public License Version 1.0. It was converted from HTML to POD by software written by Chas Williams and Russ Allbery, based on work by Alf Wachsmann and Elizabeth Cassell.

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