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How to Define a Custom Metric

Bleemeo agent can relay your custom metrics to Bleemeo Cloud platform. Several ways to gather custom metrics exists:

Add custom check

Bleemeo agent could check that your custom application is alive. It could use built-in check (HTTP and TCP) or any Nagios check command.

To configure additional check, add the following to your Bleemeo agent configuration (/etc/glouton/conf.d/50-custom-check.conf):

- id: "myapplication"
port: 8080
check_type: "nagios"
check_command: "command-to-run"
- id: "custom_webserver"
port: 8181
check_type: "http"

Reference for Custom Check

Custom check are defined under service in the configuration.

Add to your configuration file (any *.conf file in /etc/glouton/conf.d/):

# Use "/path/to/bin --with-option" to check the service. Also keep a
# TCP connection with, if that connection is closed run
# a check immediatly instead of waiting 1 minute.
- id: "service_name"
port: 8080
address: ""
check_type: "nagios"
check_command: "/path/to/bin --with-option"
# HTTPS check to URL
- id: "an_https_server"
port: 8443
check_type: "https"
http_path: "/check/"
# TCP check on
- id: "another_service"
port: 22

Custom checks are run every minutes. If port is provided, Bleemeo Agent maintains a TCP connection with this port, and if that connection is closed the check is run immediately.

Fields are:

  • id: Name of your service. This name must be unique for one Bleemeo Agent.

  • port: TCP port number. This field is mandatory if check_type is not "nagios".

  • address: IP address associated with the TCP port. Default value is "".

  • check_type: Check used for this service. Possible value are:

    • "tcp": The default, it checks that a TCP connection could be opened to given address/port.
    • "http": It checks that an HTTP request on given address/port has a status code 2xx or 3xx.
    • "https": Same as HTTP check, but using HTTPS connection. Certificate are not validated.
    • "nagios": It use check_command to test liveliness of service.
  • http_path: The path of URL checked with HTTP or HTTPS check_type. Default value is "/"

  • http_status_code: The expected status code of HTTP response (only valid if check_type is HTTP or HTTPS). Default is unset.

    When set, the check pass if the response status code is equal to the expected one and critical in other case.

    When unset, if response status code is

    • strictly less than 400, the check pass
    • between 400 and 499 (both included), the check is warning
    • greater or equal to 500, the check is critical
  • check_command: Command used for a Nagios check. This field is mandatory if check_type is "nagios".

    The command must conform to Nagios check standard, that is:

    • Successful check must exit with a return code of 0
    • Warning check must exit with a return code of 1
    • Critical check must exit with a return code of 2

    In addition, the command may print to stdout a short explanation of its result. For example if a check fail to connect to your service, the check may print: "CRITICAL - connection refused"