[rrd-users] CDEF / VDEF / PRINT / GRPRINT limitations & workarounds
rrd-users at ficos.de
Sun Jul 6 12:08:03 CEST 2008
Hi all (perhaps more for the developers),
over the last couple of days I kept constantly fooling myself with
the current limitations of CDEF / VDEF / PRINT / GRPRINT ...
* CDEF needs at least one vname from DEF or CDEF (not VDEF)
* VDEF can't do rpn calculations
* PRINT / GRPINT / HRULE only accept vnames from VDEF, not CDEF
I always had to find some crazy workarounds, for example:
Monitoring disk space over time. With GPRINT I'd like to display
the FIRST and LAST value of the range and the delta:
(eg. over the past time period the disk usage has increased by xx GB)
CDEF:dfDelta=dfLast,dfFirst,- # doesn't work
The above CDEF doesn't work, because it needs at least one vname
from DEF or CDEF, but both are from VDEF ...
A VDEF:dfDelta=dfLast,dfFirst,- doesn't work because VDEF doesn't
support rpn calculations (yet)
My kinda upgly workaround looks like this:
CDEF:zero=dfUsed,UN,0,0,IF # always zero - equals to CDEF=0
CDEF:dfDelta=zero,dfLast,+,dfFirst,- # this does work
or - a bit shortened - in one line:
Now I have created a solution that has to calculate dfDelta for each
of the datapoints rather than once at the end - this is not what I
would call effictient, and still, now that the calculation is done,
the dfDelta still cannot be (G)PRINTed since it is a CDEF value :-(
So I need to have another workaround like this:
So the general question(s) is/are:
Why these limitations?
Are there better ways (than mine above) to do this?
Since CDEF *can* work with vnames from VDEF, why does it want to
have at least one (C)DEF vname? Could this be changed easily?
Why doesn't CDEF accept rpns without a (C)DEF vname?
Where does the limitation of not beeing able to do rpn calculations
with VDEF come from?
And last: if these workarounds are the only way to achieve this,
wouldn't they be worth a few lines in the documentation/examples?
Many thanks for clarification
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