Modifying List of Collected Metrics on PMM Linux Exporter

Modifying List of Collected Metrics on PMM Linux Exporter

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Changing metrics collection with PMM for LinuxDo you need to modify the metrics collected from Linux by Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM)? In this blog post we will see how to enable, disable, and update collected metrics on PMM’s linux:metrics exporter. 

We will assume that the PMM client packages are installed, and they are configured already.

Using a custom list of metrics

Let’s now suppose we are not yet collecting any metrics on our desired client server, and we want to enable only the following: diskstats, meminfo, netdev and vmstat. We can use the following command:

So, in order to enable or disable the functionality we want, we need to modify the collectors.enabled list accordingly. In the following online documentation page, we are able to find all collectors supported:

https://www.percona.com/doc/percona-monitoring-and-management/section.exporter.node.html

In this way, by adding or removing items from the collectors.enabled list, we can choose which functionality will be set in our PMM linux:metrics collectors.

Checking list of metrics used

We can use the ps aux command to check the collectors list that applies at any given time. Let’s see this in practical terms. After running the previous command, we should expect to see the following:

Note: there is currently a bug where you will see duplicate entries when using custom collectors. We are tracking this under issue PMM-2857. For now, if you see two different lists on ps aux outputs, the one that applies is the last one (as seen above).

Updating the list of metrics

There is currently no way to enable (or disable) metrics dynamically (however, we are working on it). We will need to stop the collector, manually get and edit the metrics list, and re-add it with the updated collectors in place. For this, we will need to know the current list of metrics used from the ps aux outputs.

Continuing with the same example, suppose we are not happy with what netdev metrics offer, and we wish to disable them to avoid unnecessary overhead. Knowing the metrics list was:

We will need to run the following commands to have it removed from the collectors list:

Links for reference

  • Passing options to exporter: here and here
  • Collector options for linux:metrics exporter: here

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