[rrd-users] Re: Best RRDTool frontend
chris at bikeworld.com
Wed Mar 8 23:26:42 MET 2000
At 11:11 AM 3/6/00, Gildas PERROT wrote:
>I am using MRTG for plotting graphs from SNMP requests. I would like to
>migrate to a system based on RRDTool and I see there is several ones : mrtg
>again, cricket, bronc, NRG, remstats and orca.
>What is the best or perhaps better question : what are the advantages and
>drawbacks of each of them ?
We use Bronc here at bikeworld.com to monitor our DSL lines, bandwidth
usage for our colocated servers, and printer page counts. I wrote Bronc so
it was pretty easy to set up, though I'm pretty biased. :-) Really
though... Here are some advantages and disadvantages to using bronc:
- it's very fast and uses minimal system resources. graphs are generated
on-the-fly, only as you need them. The page generation engine is based on
Mason (http://masonhq.com) and mod_perl for speed and extensibility.
- if you like Perl, there's really no limit when it comes to adding custom
features. The in-line nature of Mason lets you embed Perl into the HTML
which is nice.
- badger.pl, the SNMP collector, is quite robust.
- The configuration file can be a little daunting if you're not moderately
skilled with Perl. It's basically one huge Perl data structure.
- There is currently no easy and efficient way to set the WIDTH and HEIGHT
values in the <IMG> tag in Bronc's HTML templates. This is because the
template does not know anything about the final size of the image--That's
up to Grapher.pm and RRDtool to decide.
- There is currently no support for gathering values from STDOUT. This
would be trivial (~5 lines of code) to implement in badger.pl but I just
haven't had the time since starting my new job here.
- The documentation sucks.
Hope this helps!
Chris Snell <chris at bikeworld.com> 210.828.5558 W
Systems & Networks 210.602.2308 M
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