[cacti-announce] Cacti 0.8.6j Released (fwd)

Chris Owen owenc at hubris.net
Mon Jan 22 05:46:52 UTC 2007

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On Jan 21, 2007, at 11:35 PM, Travis H. wrote:

> That is, most of the dynamically-generated content doesn't need to be
> generated on demand.  If you're pulling data from a database, pull it
> all and generate static HTML files.  Then you don't even need CGI
> functionality on the end-user interface.  It thus scales much better
> than the dynamic stuff, or SSL-encrypted sessions, because it isn't
> doing any computation.

While I certainly agree that cacti is a bit of a security nightmare,  
what you suggest may not scale all that well for a site doing much  
graphing.  I'm sure the average cacti installation is recording  
thousands of things every 5 minutes but virtually none of those are  
ever actually graphed.  Those that are viewed certainly aren't viewed  
every 5 minutes.  Even if polling and graphing took the same amount  
of resources that would double the load on the machine.  My guess  
though is that graphing actually takes many times the resources of  
polling.  Just makes sense to only graph stuff when necessary.


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