The templates that are included in the release packages are generic, designed to be suitable for default installations. However, if they don’t meet your needs, you can generate your own easily.
It is important to note that these templates are designed to avoid the problems caused by modifying templates within Cacti and then exporting them. Instead of doing this, you should use the provided command-line tools to modify the templates before you import them. If you want to, you can modify them over and over again and keep re-importing them. Cacti will update its database to match the changes that you import.
You can customize many aspects of the templates. The following sections will
explain the possible customizations. All of these are possible simply by
passing the correct options to the
pmp-cacti-template command-line tool.
The process of generating a template is very simple. You simply execute the
pmp-cacti-template program and give it the associated script and template
definition file. For example, to create MySQL templates identical to the ones
in the release file:
$ pmp-cacti-template --script scripts/ss_get_mysql_stats.php \ definitions/mysql.def > mysql-template.xml
Cacti templates are version-specific, because the hash identifiers that are used
as GUIDs have a version number embedded in them. This can prevent templates
exported from one version of Cacti from being imported to another, even if there
is no real incompatibility. The
--cactiver option to the
script will control this.
The version numbers it understands are embedded in the program, and if you specify an illegal value, it’ll let you know. The versions are forwards-compatible, so templates generated for an earlier version of Cacti should work on a newer version too.
If you want to specify command-line options to data sources, you can easily make
certain command-line options for the script required per-graph. For example,
let’s suppose that you want to ensure the
ss_get_mysql_stats.php script is
executed with the
--port command-line option.
You can generate templates that require this. The option to use is
which is short for “make per data source”. You give it a comma-separated list
of options. Here’s an example with
pmp-cacti-template \ --script scripts/ss_get_mysql_stats.php definitions/mysql.def \ --mpds port > templates_requiring_port.xml
Be aware that the SSH-based templates use
--port to specify the SSH port,
--port2 to connect to the resource you’re graphing, so you might need to
If you import the resulting XML file, and then edit a host to bind it to the “Percona MySQL Server HT” host template, when you create the graphs you’ll be prompted to fill in a value for the port:
Specifying a value for a port
The default size of the Cacti graphs is 120 pixels high by 500 pixels wide. If
you would like to specify a different size, you can use the
--graph_width options. For example:
$ pmp-cacti-template \ --script scripts/ss_get_mysql_stats.php definitions/mysql.def \ --graph_height 240 --graph_width 1000 > templates_240x1000.xml
The default naming convention for every item created by the templates starts
with “Percona”, the name of the item, and an abbreviation at the end, such as “DT” for
Data Templates. This makes all the items sort together, and makes them
distinctive so you don’t confuse them with others that might be named similarly.
If you want to specify a different prefix, you can use the
For example, you might specify “Big” for templates that you want to generate at
a larger size, as in the previous example. Then you’ll have templates named
like “Big MySQL Select Types GT”.
The default polling interval for most Cacti installations is 5 minutes, or 300
seconds. The templates need to match the polling interval, because the RRD
files are created for a specific polling interval. If you have configured Cacti
to use a different interval, you can generate matching templates with the
--poll_interval option, which accepts the number of seconds.
The default maximum value that the RRD files will recognize as valid is used to
detect garbage input and prevent spikes in graphs. By default, it is set to the
size of a 64-bit unsigned integer. If you want rollover and out-of-bounds
detection for 32-bit integer values, use the
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