SNMP "bridging"/proxy?

Eric Kuhnke eric.kuhnke at
Mon May 23 21:51:28 UTC 2016

This doesn't scale on a large cacti installation with hundreds of hosts and
60-second poller intervals. Cacti data input method scripts spawn a new php
worker for each data acquisition target (they do NOT use the 'spine' SNMP

Exposing the data via SNMP on the host to be monitored distributes the CPU
load individually onto each host (example: an 'extend' script in the
snmpd.conf which runs "curl http://localhost/server-status" for apache2
status and parses the results) rather than centralizing it on the cacti

This allows cacti or opennms or anything else to poll the hosts to be
monitored via something that scales better than php script workers, using
the 'spine' SNMP data acquisition method and the equivalent in other snmp
polling platforms.

On Sat, May 21, 2016 at 6:03 AM, Eric Lindsjö <eric at> wrote:

> Hi Nathan,
> You should probably write a cacti script to ingest the data instead of
> this SNMP proxy thing. Writing scripts to ingest data into cacti is simple,
> you just need to output the values you want in key: value format and then
> do some clicking in cacti. There are good docs for how to do this.
> -- emj
> On 05/21/2016 08:11 AM, Nathan Anderson wrote:
>> Hey, thanks guys!  I had never really looked that deeply into Net-SNMP
>> and had only ever installed it either to use as a client (snmpget/snmpwalk)
>> or a basic agent w/ standard MIBs for the host it's running on, so I was
>> unaware of its extensibility.  And it even looks like it ships with a Perl
>> module.  That sounds like a perfect solution; thanks for pointing me in the
>> right direction.
>> -- Nathan

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