[collectd] SNMP Exponential Backoff

Florian Forster octo at collectd.org
Thu Jun 11 00:06:51 CEST 2015

Hi Matt,

On Wed, Jun 03, 2015 at 10:37:26AM -0700, Matt Gravlin wrote:
> Is there any way to turn [exponential backoff] off globally or per
> device? If we have a long maintenance it can be a long time before it
> starts collecting data. I know we can just restart collectd, but this
> may be overlooked.

currently, the answer is "no". We could make the exponent configureable
quite easily, but I'm not sure how useful this would be for the use-case
you describe.

I think ideally "collectdctl" would allow you tell the daemon "try
reading <this|all> callback now", similar to the way that you can tell
MTAs to try to deliver a message right now.

Can you open a feature request issue at https://collectd.org/bugs/ for

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