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RRDGRAPH_LIBDBI(1)                  rrdtool                 RRDGRAPH_LIBDBI(1)



NAME
       rrdgraph_libdbi - fetching data for graphing in rrdtool graph via libdbi

SYNOPSIS
       <rrdfile> = sql//<libdbi
       driver>/<driver-option-name>=<driver-option-value>/...[/rrdminstepsize=<stepsize>][/rrdfillmissing=<fill
       missing n samples>]//<table>/<unixtimestamp column>/<data value column>[/derive]/<where clause 1>/.../<where
       clause n>

DESCRIPTION
       This pseudo-rrd-filename defines a sql datasource:

       sql//
                 magic cookie-prefix for a libdbi type datasource

       <libdbi driver>
                 which libdbi driver to use (e.g: mysql)

       <driver-option-name>=<driver-option-value>
                 defines the parameters that are required to connect to the database with the given libdbi driver
                 (These drivers are libdbi dependent - for details please look at the driver documentation of libdbi!)

       /rrdminstepsize=<minimum step size>
                 defines the minimum number of the step-length used for graphing (default: 300 seconds)

       /rrdfillmissing=<fill missing steps>
                 defines the number of steps to fill with the last value to avoid NaN boxes due to data-insertation jitter (default: 0 steps)

       <table>
                 defines the table from which to fetch the resultset.

                 If there is a need to fetch data from several tables, these tables can be defined by separating the tablenames with a "+"

                 hex-type-encoding via %xx are translated to the actual value, use %% to use %

       <[*]unixtimestamp column>
                 defines the column of E<lt>tableE<gt> which contains the unix-timestamp
                 - if this is a DATETIME field in the database, then prefix with leading '*'

                 hex-type-encoding via %xx are translated to the actual value, use %% to use %

       <data value column>
                 defines the column of E<lt>tableE<gt> which contains the value column, which should be graphed

                 hex-type-encoding via %xx are translated to the actual value, use %% to use %

       /derive
                 defines that the data value used should be the delta of the 2 consecutive values (to simulate COUNTER or DERIVE type datasources)

       /<where clause(s)>
                 defines one (ore more) where clauses that are joined with AND to filter the entries in the <lt>table<gt>

                 hex-type-encoding via %xx are translated to the actual value, use %% to use %

       the returned value column-names, which can be used as ds-names, are:

       min, avg, max, count and sigma
                 are returned to be used as ds-names in your DS definition.
                 The reason for using this is that if the consolidation function is used for min/avg and max, then the engine is used several times.
                 And this results in the same SQL Statements used several times

EXAMPLES
       Here an example of a table in a MySQL database:

         DB connect information
           dbhost=127.0.0.1
           user=rrd
           password=secret
           database=rrd

         here the table:
           CREATE TABLE RRDValue (
             RRDKeyID      bigint(20) NOT NULL,
             UnixTimeStamp int(11) NOT NULL,
             value         double default NOT NULL,
             PRIMARY KEY  (RRDKeyID,UnixTimeStamp)
           );

       and the RRDKeyID we want to graph for is: 1141942900757789274

       The pseudo rrd-filename to access this is:
       "sql//mysql/host=127.0.0.1/dbname=rrd/username=rrd/password=secret//RRDValue/UnixTimeStamp/value/RRDKeyID=1141464142203608274"

       To illustrate this here a command to create a graph that contains the actual values.

         DS_BASE="sql//mysql/host=127.0.0.1/dbname=rrd/username=rrd/password=passwd//RRDValue/UnixTimeStamp/value/RRDKeyID=1141942900757789274"
         rrdtool graph test.png --imgformat=PNG --start=-1day --end=+3hours --width=1000 --height=600 \
           "DEF:min=$DS_BASE:min:AVERAGE" \
           "LINE1:min#FF0000:value" \
           "DEF:avg=$DS_BASE:avg:AVERAGE" \
           "LINE1:avg#00FF00:average" \
           "DEF:max=$DS_BASE:max:AVERAGE" \
           "LINE1:max#FF0000:max" \
           "DEF:sigma=$DS_BASE:sigma:AVERAGE" \
           "CDEF:upper=avg,4,sigma,*,+" \
           "LINE1:upper#0000FF:+4 sigma" \
           "CDEF:lower=avg,4,sigma,*,-" \
           "LINE1:lower#0000FF:-4 sigma"

NOTES
       * Naturally you can also use any other kind of driver that libdbi supports - e.g postgres, ...

       * From the way the data source is joined, it should also be possible to do joins over different tables
         (separate tables with "," in table and add in the WHERE Clauses the table equal joins.
         This has not been tested!!!)

       * It should also be relatively simple to add to the database using the same data source string.
         This has not been implemented...

       * The aggregation functions are ignored and several data columns are used instead
         to avoid querying the same SQL several times when minimum, average and maximum are needed for graphing...

       * for DB efficiency you should think of having 2 tables, one containing historic values and the other
       containing the latest data.
         This second table should be kept small to allow for the least ammount of blocking SQL statements.
         Whith mysql you can even use myisam table-type for the first and InnoDB for the second.
         This is especially interresting as with tables with +100M rows myisam is much smaller then InnoDB.

       * To debug the SQL statements set the environment variable RRDDEBUGSQL and the actual SQL statements and the
       timing is printed to stderr.

BUGS
       * at least on Linux please make sure that the libdbi driver is explicitly linked against libdbi.so.0
         check via ldd /usr/lib/dbd/libmysql.so, that there is a line with libdbi.so.0.
         otherwise at least the perl module RRDs will fail because the dynamic linker can not find some symbols from
       libdbi.so.
         (this only happens when the libdbi driver is actually used the first time!)
         This is KNOWN to be the case with RHEL4 and FC4 and FC5! (But actually this is a bug with libdbi make files!)

       * at least version 0.8.1 of libdbiexhibits a bug with BINARY fields
         (shorttext,text,mediumtext,longtext and possibly also BINARY and BLOB fields),
         that can result in coredumps of rrdtool.
         The tool will tell you on stderr if this occures, so that you know what may be the reason.
         If you are not experiencing these coredumps, then set the environment variable RRD_NO_LIBDBI_BUG_WARNING,
         and then the message will not get shown.

AUTHOR
       Martin Sperl <rrdtoolATmartin.org>



1.4.7                             2009-10-14                RRDGRAPH_LIBDBI(1)