[smokeping-users] Re: Wishes for development
oetiker at ee.ethz.ch
Fri Feb 15 07:23:30 MET 2002
Today Olivier Nicole wrote:
> I have been considering two extensions to SmokePing that could be
> 1) Having alias targets.
> It could be usefull that the same target can be listed several
> times in the target menu, under different names, but with probing
> only once, and of course keeping only one rrd database.
> This could allow to define a target being listed in "my direct
> connection to Internet", "list of ISP of my country" (under a
> geographical hierachy), "list of R&D networks"...
> Each alias could present a different title and name in the menu of
I have been thinking about this too ... what I was wondering is,
how this should be done exactly ... what happens if an alias points
up the tree onto itself, how do we handle loops ? Or should there
be a condition that an alias may not point to any of its parents ?
> 2) Having an alert reporting mechanism.
> Yesterday, with a quick glange at a SmokePing graph I noticed that
> something went wrong because at some point the lattency had doubled
> for a link. It was not one of my direct link, but I informed the
> responsible people, there was a route that got lost somewhere and
> nobody had noticed it.
> So let say when the average for 5 minutes is x% higher than the
> average of the past 3 hours, raise an alarm and send an alert.
> I think the alert through syslog is enough, no need to implement a
> complicated mechanism, they already exists that read from syslog
> and ring a phone, send SMS or whatever, this would be out of the
> scope of SmokePing.
> Of course the alert would be optional, and not for the aliased
> Why is this part of SmokePing? Basically because it reads the rrd
> database generated by SmokePing.
can you write a configuration example ? for such a feature ? Would
this be setup globally or for each target seperate or would it be
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