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Adding Apache Reporting To Munin

26th July 2013 - 5 minutes read time

When you first install a Munin node it will try to install as many plugins as it can so that it can report on different things. For example, if you have a Varnish server running then Munin will detect this and enable the plugins so that it can report on the activity of Varnish. Once you have started getting data through to your Munin server then you can turn on plugins on the nodes to get more data.

The data of any plugin is presented in a standard format and so is understood by the Munin server. Perhaps the most important plugin for my work is the Apache status plugin that shows what is going on inside Apache. This plugin isn't always installed with the Munin node and so you might have to do this yourself. This is a good way of getting familiar with Munin plugins.

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Exporting And Importing Munin Graph Data

21st July 2013 - 5 minutes read time

When Munin does a data update it stores all of the data from the nodes as a set of rrd files. These files are then picked up by the munin-graph and munin-html programs and turned into the graph images and web pages that you are probably familiar with if you use Munin.

The default location for Munin to store these data files is within the directory /var/lib/munin. Each group you define in your config is given it's own sub directory and the rrd data files for all servers within each group are kept within that directory. If you kept the default Munin config file you will probably have a directory called localhost which will contain all of the rrd files for your Munin server.

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