collectd - System statistics collection daemon
collectd is a daemon that receives system statistics and makes them available
in a number of ways. The main daemon itself doesn't have any real functionality
apart from loading, querying and submitting to plugins. For a description of
available plugins please see PLUGINS below.
Most of collectd's configuration is done using using a configfile. See
collectd.conf(5) for an in-depth description of all options.
- -C <config-file>
Specify an alternative config file. This is the place to go when you wish to
change collectd's behavior. The path may be relative to the current working
Test the configuration only. The program immediately exits after parsing the
config file. A return code not equal to zero indicates an error.
Test the plugin read callbacks only. The program immediately exits after invoking
the read callbacks once. A return code not equal to zero indicates an error.
- -P <pid-file>
Specify an alternative pid file. This overwrites any settings in the config
file. This is thought for init-scripts that require the PID-file in a certain
directory to work correctly. For everyday-usage use the PIDFile
If set, collectd will not try to create its base directory. If the base
directory does not exist, it will exit rather than trying to create the
Don't fork to the background. collectd will also not close standard file
descriptors, detach from the session nor write a pid file. This is mainly
thought for 'supervising' init replacements such as runit. If using
upstart or systemd though, starting with version 5.5.0 collectd is
able to notify these two init replacements, and does require forking to the
background for process supervision. The contrib/ directory has sample
upstart and systemd configuration files.
Output usage information and exit.
As noted above, the real power of collectd lies within it's plugins. A
(hopefully complete) list of plugins and short descriptions can be found in the
README file that is distributed with the sourcecode. If you're using a
package it's a good bet to search somewhere near /usr/share/doc/collectd.
There are two big groups of plugins, input and output plugins:
Input plugins are queried periodically. They somehow acquire the current value
of whatever they where designed to work with and submit these values back to
the daemon, i. e. they "dispatch" the values. As an example, the
reads the current cpu-counters of time spent in the various modes (user,
system, nice, ...) and dispatches these counters to the daemon.
Output plugins get the dispatched values from the daemon and does something
with them. Common applications are writing to RRD-files, CSV-files or sending
the data over a network link to a remote box.
Of course not all plugins fit neatly into one of the two above categories. The
network plugin, for example, is able to send (i. e. "write") and
receive (i. e. "dispatch") values. Also, it opens a socket upon
initialization and dispatches the values when it receives them and isn't
triggered at the same time the input plugins are being read. You can think of
the network receive part as working asynchronous if it helps.
In addition to the above, there are "logging plugins". Right now those are the
logfile plugin and the
syslog plugin. With these plugins collectd can
provide information about issues and significant situations to the user.
Several loglevels let you suppress uninteresting messages.
Starting with version
4.3.0 collectd has support for monitoring. This is
done by checking thresholds defined by the user. If a value is out of range, a
notification will be dispatched to "notification plugins". See
collectd.conf(5) for more detailed information about threshold checking.
Please note that some plugins, that provide other means of communicating with
the daemon, have manpages of their own to describe their functionality in more
detail. In particular those are collectd-email(5), collectd-exec(5),
collectd-perl(5), collectd-snmp(5), and collectd-unixsock(5)
collectd accepts the following signals:
- SIGINT, SIGTERM
These signals cause collectd to shut down all plugins and terminate.
This signal causes collectd to signal all plugins to flush data from
internal caches. E. g. the
rrdtool plugin will write all pending data
to the RRD files. This is the same as using the
FLUSH -1 command of the
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