Cacti 0.8.6j Released (fwd)

Peter Dambier peter at
Wed May 9 07:18:30 UTC 2007

Matthew Palmer wrote:
> On Tue, May 08, 2007 at 08:10:56PM -0700, matthew zeier wrote:
>>>>more to the point how the whole shebang (I'm using net-snmpd) is
>>>>typically used.
>>>Agent on device provides values, management app(s) collect data by polling
>>>(and possibly via traps), sysadmin gets to go home on time for once.
>>I have yet to see this work in practice however.
> Yeah, I misread 'typically' as 'theoretically'.  Practical experience is
> more like:
> Agent on device lies about it's values, management apps collect lies (and
> ignore/lose traps), and the sysadmin has yet more software to swear at. 
> <grin>
> - Matt

Just for curiousities sake

IASON is reading logs most of the time. proc2pl is reading the /proc filesystem.

I did not find the time and equipment for testing so I used snmpwalk to write
a file and read it just like any normal file or /proc.

Processing the output of snmpwalk just got me the "normal" log file I was
interested in.

I tried writing back into snmp variables but I never got a HP Procurve switch
to do what I wanted. When they used different MIBs for different families of
their switches, I gave up.

Now I see linux boxes most of the time. They all use different MIBs for
different things. Reading /proc is much easier and there a fewer differences
between the machines.

The soho stuff I find mostly uses web interfaces sometimes a real linux with
a real log but almost never snmp.

Looks sad, but I am still interested as it could make things a lot easier.

Peter and Karin

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