Manual Reference Pages - COLLECTD-THRESHOLD (5)
collectd-threshold - Documentation of collectds Threshold plugin
Starting with version 4.3.0 collectd has support for monitoring. By
that we mean that the values are not only stored or sent somewhere, but that
they are judged and, if a problem is recognized, acted upon. The only action
the Threshold plugin takes itself is to generate and dispatch a
notification. Other plugins can register to receive notifications and
perform appropriate further actions.
Since systems and what you expect them to do differ a lot, you can configure
thresholds for your values freely. This gives you a lot of flexibility but
also a lot of responsibility.
Every time a value is out of range, a notification is dispatched. This means
that the idle percentage of your CPU needs to be less then the configured
threshold only once for a notification to be generated. Theres no such thing
as a moving average or similar - at least not now.
Also, all values that match a threshold are considered to be relevant or
interesting. As a consequence collectd will issue a notification if they are
not received for Timeout iterations. The Timeout configuration option is
explained in section GLOBAL OPTIONS in collectd.conf(5). If, for example,
Timeout is set to 2 (the default) and some hosts sends its CPU statistics
to the server every 60 seconds, a notification will be dispatched after about
120 seconds. It may take a little longer because the timeout is checked only
once each Interval on the server.
When a value comes within range again or is received after it was missing, an
OKAY-notification is dispatched.
Here is a configuration example to get you started. Read below for more
There are basically two types of configuration statements: The Host,
Plugin, and Type blocks select the value for which a threshold should be
configured. The Plugin and Type blocks may be specified further using the
Instance option. You can combine the block by nesting the blocks, though
they must be nested in the above order, i.e. Host may contain either
Plugin and Type blocks, Plugin may only contain Type blocks and
Type may not contain other blocks. If multiple blocks apply to the same
value the most specific block is used.
The other statements specify the threshold to configure. They must be
included in a Type block. Currently the following statements are recognized:
Sets the upper bound of acceptable values. If unset defaults to positive
infinity. If a value is greater than FailureMax a FAILURE notification
will be created. If the value is greater than WarningMax but less than (or
equal to) FailureMax a WARNING notification will be created.
Sets the lower bound of acceptable values. If unset defaults to negative
infinity. If a value is less than FailureMin a FAILURE notification will
be created. If the value is less than WarningMin but greater than (or equal
to) FailureMin a WARNING notification will be created.
Some data sets have more than one data source. Interesting examples are the
if_octets data set, which has received (rx) and sent (tx) bytes and
the disk_ops data set, which holds read and write operations. The
system load data set, load, even has three data sources: shortterm,
midterm, and longterm.
Normally, all data sources are checked against a configured threshold. If this
is undesirable, or if you want to specify different limits for each data
source, you can use the DataSource option to have a threshold apply only to
one data source.
If set to true the range of acceptable values is inverted, i.e. values
between FailureMin and FailureMax (WarningMin and WarningMax) are
not okay. Defaults to false.
Sets how often notifications are generated. If set to true one notification
will be generated for each value that is out of the acceptable range. If set to
false (the default) then a notification is only generated if a value is out
of range but the previous value was okay.
This applies to missing values, too: If set to true a notification about a
missing value is generated once every Interval seconds. If set to false
only one such notification is generated until the value appears again.
Sets how OKAY notifications act. If set to true one notification will be
generated for each value that is in the acceptable range. If set to false
(the default) then a notification is only generated if a value is in range but
the previous value was not.
If set to true, the minimum and maximum values given are interpreted as
percentage value, relative to the other data sources. This is helpful for
example for the df type, where you may want to issue a warning when less than
5 % of the total space is available. Defaults to false.
Sets the number of occurrences which the threshold must be raised before to
dispatch any notification or, in other words, the number of Intervals
that the threshold must be match before dispatch any notification.
Sets the hysteresis value for threshold. The hysteresis is a method to prevent
flapping between states, until a new received value for a previously matched
threshold down below the threshold condition (WarningMax, FailureMin or
everything else) minus the hysteresis value, the failure (respectively warning)
state will be keep.
If set to true (the default), a notification with severity FAILURE will
be created when a matching value list is no longer updated and purged from the
internal cache. When this happens depends on the interval of the value list
and the global Timeout setting. See the Interval and Timeout settings
in collectd.conf(5) for details. If set to false, this event will be
Florian Forster <octo at collectd.org>
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