[rrd-users] How to prevent peaks?

Simone Felici - Alpikom Spa s.felici at alpikom.it
Tue Feb 10 11:18:22 MET 2004

Hello to all!

Since some weeks I use rrd-tool to monitor many different interfaces on a
I create then only a graph with the sum of all interfaces to have an
overview of the total traffic. (CDEF....)
All works great except that sometimes in my graph I see some strange peaks
(example from 2 - Mbit/s to 100Mbits/s and back to normal traffic).

Here an example on how I create one of the many rrd files (one per

rrdtool create eth001.rrd \
--start `date +"%s"` DS:eth0_in:COUNTER:600:U:U DS:eth0_out:COUNTER:600:U:U
--step 300 \
RRA:AVERAGE:0.5:1:2016 RRA:AVERAGE:0.5:6:1500 RRA:AVERAGE:0.5:144:3650 \
RRA:MAX:0.5:1:2016 RRA:MAX:0.5:6:1500 RRA:MAX:0.5:144:3650 \
RRA:MIN:0.5:1:2016 RRA:MIN:0.5:6:1500 RRA:MIN:0.5:144:3650

Maybe set a max value should be an idea...

After this, every 5 minutes a script in crontab collect all informations
about the different interfaces (snmpget).

It's possible that rrdtool need informations every 5 minutes and if the
script takes more than 5 minutes it can cause a peak?

Is there a way to prevent such a kind of peaks or to correct them?
If I can determinate the right rrd file in which is contained the "error"
(peak) I'm not be able well to correct the error, because it's in a COUNTER
format. Any suggestion on how correct?

Thank's for advice!



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