[collectd] rrdtool plugin creates 3 rra's when pdp/cdp == 1
martijn.posthuma at snow.nl
Tue Mar 10 08:18:20 CET 2015
I recently started using collectd (storing the values in rrd archives).
I have noticed something I consider a flaw in rrdtool file creation. I
hope somebody can explain the current practice :)
When creating the files the first (shortest) timespan defined also
defines the number of rows in the first rra segments if that timespan
divided by the interval is bigger than the defined rrarows. In other
words the number of rows is increased to accomodate having a cdp slot
for each pdp coming in (for the timespan).
There are however 3 rra's defined for each timespan: AVERAGE, MIN and
MAX. When having a single pdp for each cdp these 3 values are the same.
So I fail to see the point of storing it 3 times. Can somebody elaborate
why this behavior was created?
For our use case ( 14d timespan with 5s interval ) the savings in
diskspace would be considerable.
Any thoughts on why this would be a bad idea?
I have looked at the source and created a patch that is constrained to
only util_rrdcreate.c. In the rra_get function the pdp/cdp ratio is
calculated already. When it is 1 the code uses another list of
aggragator words (rra_types variable) containing just the 'AVERAGE'
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