[collectd] Shouldnt collectd also provide an interface to the data?

matthew sporleder msporleder at gmail.com
Fri Sep 4 16:52:59 CEST 2009

On Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 10:40 AM, Yann<yann.hamon at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello, I've been following collectd for quite a while now and have
> been stuck so far by the lack of good graphing software. One of the
> problems I see is that it is really hard to access the data - collectd
> has drivers to write either to rrd, csv etc... just when it comes to
> graphing, every graphing tool would need all those drivers too - at
> the moment all the tool I've seen were only able to use RRDs as an
> entry point...
> It doesn't get  better if you want proper GUIs (think QT/GTK) and not
> web front ends. The GUI has to run on the same server as the collectd
> server so that it can access the data - I'm probably not the only one
> that doesn't have KDE on my collectd server to run kcollectd, which
> does look nice although :)
> So, here comes my christmas wish for collectd.. Could collectd 5
> provide a read interface to the data, an API that my frontend GUI
> could use to gather the data and display it nicely? With the data that
> gets taken out of csv or SQL if that' were I write to.. That would
> make it a lot easier to graph the data on a different server than the
> one doing collectd.
> Anyway, I should be able to survive without, I guess I'll install a
> web frontend on my collectd server as everyone else, just that would
> really rock :)
> Thanks for reading and for the great tool

Do you need a tool that can parse your config and tell your app where
the output is going, or are you proposing that collectd provide a
proxy to its various output plugins for you to access "raw" data?

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