[hobbit] A few questions before moving from bbgen to Hobbit

Henrik Stoerner henrik at hswn.dk
Tue Aug 9 12:56:14 CEST 2005

Hi Frederic,

On Tue, Aug 09, 2005 at 11:59:46AM +0200, Frédéric Mangeant wrote:
> first of all let me thank you for continiously improving Hobbit :-)

My pleasure.

> I'm preparing the "big move" from bbgen to Hobbit on a large production 
> setup, and I have a few questions :
> - as I'm running Cacti to graph my servers, is there a way to remove the 
> "trends" colum for all hosts ?
> I've disabled the rrdstatus and rrddata tasks, added TEST2RRD="" and 
> GRAPHS="" but the "trends" column still show up, empty

You can do it on a per-host basis with the "notrends" setting in
bb-hosts, and this can be set as a default using the ".default."
host entry in bb-hosts.

You cannot do it globally, except by tweaking the code in hobbitd.c
that adds this pseudo status.

> - in the Administration -> Enable/disable page, is there a way not to 
> show the reason of the disabled tests ?
> With a few hundred disabled tests, the page gets difficult to read

No, not without a code change.

Note that the enable/disable page also works on subpages, and in that
case it only shows those hosts that appear on the subpage. It might
still be many, but perhaps it helps.

> - in the "info" page of each host, would it be possible to show tests 
> with no alert rules ?
> With bbgen they were displayed as "Ex.Services"

It would be fairly easy to add a line at the bottom saying "No alerts
defined for: disk, msgs, conn" ... is that what you're after ?

> - do you plan to add file inclusions to hobbit-alerts.cfg, like with 
> bb-hosts ?
> We're several people managing the BB/Hobbit server, and this would be 
> very useful.

It's on my list of pending cleanups. It needs a bit of work because
there's some logic currently that avoids re-loading the configuration
unless it's changed - and that currently works by looking at the time-
stamp of the file. This obviously has to change, and I haven't yet
decided what the best solution is.


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