[nycbug-talk] symon wow

Okan Demirmen okan at demirmen.com
Thu Apr 1 10:23:01 EDT 2010

On Thu 2010.04.01 at 09:05 -0400, Isaac Levy wrote:
> Wow, I searched the talk list archives,
> On Apr 1, 2010, at 8:57 AM, Isaac Levy wrote:
> > Hi All,
> > 
> > Has anyone around used symon?
> > http://www.xs4all.nl/~wpd/symon/documentation.html
> > 
> > I just discovered it as I was setting up shell-script based rrd data collectors...
> > 
> > I'm not so excited about the collector/sensor model, (I'd typically rather continue ssh rpc via underprivileged users, over adding another network daemon to babysit), but the rest of the app looks extremely compelling...  And nice tools to get stats from PF, (better than I was scripting out).
> > It also still looks like a simple UNIX utility, not like other stats/monitoring/notification mega-tools, (which I prefer to stay far away from).
> > 
> > Anyone used this?  Hearsay of others using it?
> > 
> > Rocket-
> > .ike
> Max liked it 2 yrs ago on list,
> http://lists.nycbug.org/pipermail/talk/2008-November/011636.html
> Okan talks about ssh key use and symon 5 yrs ago on list,
> http://lists.nycbug.org/pipermail/talk/2005-November/007254.html
> Dave Steinberg liked it 6 yrs ago on list,
> http://lists.nycbug.org/pipermail/talk/2004-November/003477.html
> --
> So I guess it's been around, but still does anyone have any thoughts on living with it?

i find it extremely useful and am still using it everywhere i can.

hard to compare to the typical polling (via shell scripts or snmp) that
most things do at 3-5 min intervals...symon streams stuff to me at 2
second intervals...my systems catch all the spikes that most "typical"
monitoring setups miss or can even handle.


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