Network Weathermap

Ishmael Rufus sakamura at
Thu Apr 28 18:41:39 UTC 2016

You could probably build the converter in PHP and make it a plugin of

You kids and your Python :)

On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 1:32 PM, James Bensley <jwbensley at> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I know its been a while since I posted this thread, I've been swamped.
> Finally I'm getting time to look back at this. I think I had 0 on-list
> replies and about 10 off-list private replies, so clearly others are having
> the same problem but not speaking openly about it.
> There were two main themes in the off list replies;
> 1. Several people are drawing in a tool like Visio and then importing the
> picture as a background to the weathermap plugin and adding the links and
> nodes over the top.
> 2. A couple of people were drawing in something else other than Visio that
> would spit out files containing objects and coordinates and then had
> written scripts to convert those coordinates to Weathermap plugin file
> format.
> Method 1 is OK, I really want it to be less hassle than that so 2 seems
> like the best idea. Only one person would share their conversion script
> with me briefly on PasteBin then it expired and it wasn't for Visio format
> files, so I didn't save it.
> Having a quick play in Visio just now the files are saved as XML formatted
> X/Y axis values. Bit of a Python novice but I'm thinking I could basically
> ingest a Visio file and parse the the XML and then iterate over it
> converting each "object" into weathermap syntax.
> That isn't too difficult however for the maps to be any good I need to
> think about the "via" feature for links in Weathermap to map them  more
> clearly if they cross over each other. There might still also be a lot of
> hackery when it comes to mapping the imported nodes and links to actual
> ones in Cacti. It might be that you have to match all the imported nodes
> and links to RRDs the first time you import the diagram then on all future
> imports just new links and nodes.
> Before I commit the time to this, has anyone done this already or is anyone
> a absolute Lord of Python who wants to do it quicker than I can do it? :)
> Cheers,
> James.

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