[mrtg] MRTG exact sampling interval
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Thu Dec 24 21:52:46 CET 2009
>From: Mustafa <maelhady at eventumsolutions.com>
>To: mrtg at lists.oetiker.ch
>Sent: Thu, December 24, 2009 11:45:03 AM
>Subject: [mrtg] MRTG exact sampling interval
>Please I have a question, in the MRTG .log files
>there are 5 columns:
> the first one is the time
>stamp in UTC
>the second one is the average
>incoming transfer rate in bytes per second. This is valid for the time between
>the UTC of the current line and the UTC of the previous line
>the third column is same as the
>second but outgoing.
>The fourth column is the maximum
>incoming transfer rate in bytes per second for the current interval. This is
>calculated from all the updates which have occurred in the current interval.
>The fifth is the same as the
>fourth one but outgoing.
>So that means that there is some sampling time that is less than the
>specified interval in the "mrtg.cfg" file to be able to detect the
>maximum. For example, I have adjusted the interval to be 5 minutes and I got
>values in the .log file as the following:
>1251871200 124890 463933 204720
> 464014 188781 500925
> 478951 705564 892407
> 466166 185505 515786
>As the second column is the average over 5 minutes, and the 4th >column values is much greater than maximum values, so my question is exactly: what is the minimum interval that the MRTG can detect
>a certain maximum throughput within it?
The minimum interval is 5 minutes for detecting throughput.
The section of the config file you have there shows data aggregated up into 2 hour
intervals (note there are 7200 seconds between each line). Thus, column 2 is showing
the average *over two hours*, while column 4 is showing *the highest 5 minute value
recorded during that two hour interval*. That's why the numbers are so different.
If you look at the first 600 lines of the config file, you'll note those are the 5 minute data
samples, and there, columns 2 and column 4 will be almost equal. As the data gets
averaged more and more in subsequent sections of the file, the difference between
the average and peak values generally gets larger.
Hope this helps clarify what you're seeing. :)
>Thanks a lot for your patience and your support, I really appreciate that.
>MUSTAFA A. ABDEL
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