[collectd] Regarding Interface Plugin Metrics Data

Sebastian Harl sh at tokkee.org
Mon Aug 10 15:47:54 CEST 2009

Hi Mahendra,

On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 09:40:04AM -0400, Mahendra Kutare wrote:
> Can someone please explain if the UNITs in if_octets_* are in Bits/sec or
> Bytes/sec ?

The latter.

> I see the name of the file as if_octets_* and that tells  me its 8bits
> counted so Bytes/sec but I see the plugin documentation -
> http://collectd.org/wiki/index.php/Plugin:Interface
> and there is a graph which marks UNITs in Bites/sec ? So which one is it ?

collection.cgi / collection3 (the example graphing scripts shipped in
contrib/) multiple the value stored in the RRD file with 8 before
graphing it. So, while the values that are collected and stored
represent bytes, those scripts "convert" them to bits before graphing.


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