Monitoring Linux System with Glances and

Glances <> is a fantastic multiplatform system monitoring tool writen by Nicolargo. Glances can run on (Linux, Windows, MacOS ...). There is a growing ecosystem around Glances and of course a Nagios/Shinken plugin :

How does it work

Glances can run in server mode. It provide a XML-RPC server (over http) and allow to retrieve system information throuh a restful API. The only thing to do is to install and start Glances as server on the monitored host, then install on the shinken server and finaly install the glances pack.

Install glances

See the glances documentation to install glances on Linux.

<code bash> easy_install glances </code>

There is a debian startup script in the glances repository. And another one for centos here.


Just follow the documentation for the prerequisites and put it in your nagios plugins folder.

Install the glances pack

Open a terminal as the shinken user and just type the following command

<code bash> shinken install glances </code>

Then just edit the configuration for a linux monitored host and tag it as glances

define host{
 name mylinuxhost
 use glances

Finaly restart the shinken arbiter

service shinken-arbiter restart

What will be monitored ?

For the moment just the basic system (ram, cpu, load, memory, filesystem and network).

If you want to modify the default thresholds for just a host you can do it by overiding the thresholds macro in your host definition. If you want to do it for several hosts, declare a new template and just add the desired thresholds macro to be overide.

Here is a list of the macros

_LOAD_WARN 2 _LOAD_CRIT 3 _CPU_WARN 80 _CPU_CRIT 90 _MEMORY_WARN 90 _MEMORY_CRIT 95 _FS /, /home _FS_WARN 90 _FS_CRIT 95 _IFACES eth0, eth1 _NET_WARN 7500000 _NET_CRIT 10000000

Note the _FS and _IFACES macros. They leverage the ability to duplicate service for a given list of things to be monitored. Here you see that / and /home partitions will be monitored. If you want to modify this then just add your own in a new template that will inherit the glances template.

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