[mrtg] Re: remote statistics

Larry Sheldon lsheldon at creighton.edu
Fri Jun 22 18:21:04 MEST 2001

Duane said:
> Alex van den Bogaerdt wrote:
> > Duane Powers wrote:

[setup and question about what MRTG can do deleted]
> > The rule of the thumb is:
> > First make sure you can get the numbers (using SNMP or otherwise). Only
> > then start even thinking about MRTG.
> Well, it starts to help :o)
> I was thinking SNMP _was_ the way to collect remote statistics, I guess 
> I just need to find a primer on snmp.

Add to what Alex said:

SNMP is a protocol (cf. "P" in SNMP) for sucking information out of tables
in a bright box.

If the box doesn't put a fact or meta-fact in a slot (identified by the
slots "OID") SNMP can't produce it for you and MRTG can't (therefore)
graph it.

Which is not the whole picture, because MRTG will graph non-SNMP data
in you pass it as for ASCII lines of which the first two is the the
interger data to be graphed.
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