[rrd-developers] about [rrdtool-1.x] Fetch callback (#502)

Tobias Oetiker tobi at oetiker.ch
Fri Jun 13 15:00:39 CEST 2014

Hi Peter,

Today Peter Childs wrote:

> Reading the comments, and the edit to src/rrd_graph.c
>    968 +        // remember that we already got this one
>    969 +        g_hash_table_insert(im->rrd_map,gdes_fetch_key(im->gdes[i]),GINT_TO_POINTER(i));
> I have noted when I tried to build a custom backend using
> rrdcached protocol that when drawing a graph it appeared to a
> little inefficient.
> For example
>   If I had a RRD with DS(s) of inOct, outOct, inErrs, outErrs and then used 'graph' to generate a single graph with all those DS's from the same RRD I would see 4 FETCH operations via rrdcached.
> Since the fetch does not specify the DS required, all the
> datasources in the RRD need to be returned.  This probably isn't
> a problem for simple RRD files, but for example if you have 12
> metrics, and each metric has a 'cost' to 'get', and you only
> really need two for your graph, you need to fetch them all anyway
> (or in my example, you need to fetch them all, then remangle them
> into the appropriate structures, then return them ..)
> My question is -- does this change to the rrd_graph data_fetch()
> mean that I will not see multiple fetch operations ?

exactly ... as you can see this is only the 'other half' of the
change. the first half had been therer for the last year or so, but
when putting it in I must have gotten distracted ... :-(

the fast that fetch does not get to know which ds is required is a
bit of a problem in the api, but since you can put extra
information after the cb// key when calling the callback, you could
use this to specify what you want and pass the information along in
this way ...

due to the way the metrics are stored on disk, the assumption is
that it is quicker to fetch the lat than to split them up while
fetching ... the 'only fetch once' thing has been in rrdtool
before, but we did a linear search which affected graphs
containing tousands of DEF lines rather negatively.

> (I guess I should just go and test it ...)
> :)

Tobi Oetiker, OETIKER+PARTNER AG, Aarweg 15 CH-4600 Olten, Switzerland
www.oetiker.ch tobi at oetiker.ch +41 62 775 9902

More information about the rrd-developers mailing list