[mrtg] Re: Cron Service

Peter P. Benac ppbenac at emacolet.com
Thu Dec 16 19:08:50 MET 2004

That is fine, but in that 20 seconds a Second instance of MRTG is hitting it
and failing.  So does it matter if it disappears in 20 second or not. It's
failing and that is the bottom line.

Ask yourself this   Why do you need to poll every minute?  Do I really want
all this SNMP traffic on my network? Am I anywhere near maxing out the
Bandwidth that I have to check every circuit every minute?  Is someone
actually watching these graphs every minute (since they update every 5
minutes I'd have to wonder why if you say yes to this)?

If you can honestly answer those questions in a positive manner then by all
means poll it at one minute intervals. If you can't back it off give the
lock files a chance to go away.

Fault Management systems like HP's Network Node Manager, or Tivoli's Netview
don't poll devices every minute and they are looking for devices that have

Peter P. Benac, CCNA
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-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Priest [mailto:priest at officecomputer.com] 
Sent: Thursday, December 16, 2004 12:49
To: Peter P. Benac; 'Mrtg'
Subject: Re: [mrtg] Re: Cron Service

I was sitting here watching and it looks like the lockfile only appears for
about 20 seconds and then goes away

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