Sumo Logic collectd Plugin
A collectd <https://collectd.org/> output plugin to send Carbon 2.0-formatted metrics to Sumo Logic.
TLS Deprecation Notice
In keeping with industry standard security best practices, as of May 31, 2018, the Sumo Logic service will only support TLS version 1.2 going forward. Verify that all connections to Sumo Logic endpoints are made from software that supports TLS 1.2.
1. Python version
Sumo Logic collectd plugin is built on top of collectd-python plugin. The minimum required version for running the plugin is Python version 2.6. You can download and install the desired Python version from Python download page.
2. Install collectd on your machine
If collectd is already installed, you can skip this step. Otherwise, follow the instructions in the collectd download site for download and installation. For additional details, see first_steps section in the collectd Wiki.
brew install collectd
Debian / Ubuntu
sudo apt-get install collectd
3. Download and install Sumo Logic collectd plugin
Option 1: Install as a library
sudo pip install sumologic_collectd_metrics
All required dependencies will be automatically installed with library installation.
Option2: Install with source code
The Sumo Logic collectd plugin source code can be saved in a directory anywhere on your system. Dowload it from PythonIdex > Package Index > sumologic_collectd_metrics, or:
git clone https://github.com/SumoLogic/sumologic-collectd-plugin.git
sudo pip install requests sudo pip install retry
4. Create an HTTP Metrics Source in Sumo Logic
Create a Sumo Logic account if you don't currently have one.
Follow these instructions for setting up an HTTP Source in Sumo Logic. Be sure to obtain the URL endpoint after creating an HTTP Source.
5. Configure Sumo Logic collectd plugin
Sumo Logic collectd plugin supports the following parameters. To configure the plugin, modify collectd's configuration file named
The parameters below are required and must be specified in the module config.
|URL||The URL to send metrics to. This should be given when creating the HTTP Source on Sumo Logic web app.||String||True|
|TypesDB||Data-set specification for collectd raw data. More information about types.db is available in collectd types.db. Collectd ships with a default types.db file that is in the directory of collectd root, for example
||Strings in the format of
The parameters below are not strictly required. It is recommended to set these parameters as they prove to be extremely useful to categorize your metrics and search by them.
|SourceName||Name of the metrics source.
|SourceHost||Name of metrics host.
|SourceCategory||Category of the collected metrics.
|Dimensions||Key value pairs that contribute to identifying a metric. Collectd data have intrinsic dimensions with keys as
||Srings in the format of
|Metadata||Key value pairs that do not contribute to identifying a metric. Metadata are primarily used to assist in searching metrics. Collectd data may have internal metadata. The additional metadata specified here can be used to enrich the existing metadata set. Metadata cannot contain Reserved symbols and Reserved keywords||Srings in the format of
For additional configuration parameters, see Advanced parameters below.
An example configuration for the plugin is shown below (code to be added to
LoadPlugin python <Plugin python> # Uncomment and update the following line if sumologic collectd plugin installed with source code # ModulePath "/path/to/sumologic-collectd-plugin" LogTraces true Interactive false Import "sumologic_collectd_metrics" <Module "sumologic_collectd_metrics"> TypesDB "/path/to/your/collectd/share/collectd/types.db", "/path/to/my_own_types.db" # At lease one types.db file must be specified URL "https://<deployment>.sumologic.com/receiver/v1/http/<source_token>" # URL must be specified # Uncomment and update the following lines to override the default metadata configured in the the Sumo Logic Source configuration # SourceName "my_source" # SourceHost "my_host" # SourceCategory "my_category" # Uncomment and update the following lines to add additional key=value pairs # Dimensions "my_dim_key1"="my_dim_val1", "my_dim_key2"="my_dim_val2" # Metadata "my_meta_key1"="my_meta_val1", "my_meta_key2"="my_meta_val2" </Module> </Plugin>
Other recommended modules
LoadPlugin logfile <Plugin logfile> LogLevel "info" File "/var/log/collectd.log" Timestamp true PrintSeverity true </Plugin> LoadPlugin csv <Plugin csv> DataDir "/usr/local/var/lib/collectd/csv" </Plugin>
LoadPlugin cpu LoadPlugin memory LoadPlugin disk LoadPlugin interface
A list of all collectd plugins is awailable in collectd Wiki Table of Plugins
Equal sign and space are reserved symbols:
"=", " "
Following terms are reserved for Sumo Logic internal use only:
"_sourcehost", "_sourcename", "_sourcecategory", "_collectorid", "_collector", "_source", "_sourceid", "_contenttype", "_rawname"
6. Start sending metrics
Start sending metrics by running collectd, e.g. (command will differ depending on collectd installation):
sudo service collectd start
If logfile is installed, then you can view logs by tailling collectd.log file, e.g. (command can be differnt depends on collectd installation):
tail -f /var/log/collectd.log
The Sumo Logic collectd plugin will send metrics using the Carbon 2.0 format, defined as:
dimensions metadata value timestamp
metadata are key/value pairs of strings separated by two spaces.
dimensions uniquely identifying a metric, while
metadata do not contribute to identifying a metric. Instead, they are used to categorize metrics for searching.
value is a double number.
timestamp is a 10-digit UNIX epoch timestamp
Example data before compression:
host=my_mac plugin=cpu plugin_instance=1 type=cpu type_instance=user ds_name=value ds_type=DERIVE meta_key1=meta_val1 5991.000000 1502148249 host=my_mac plugin=cpu plugin_instance=0 type=cpu type_instance=user ds_name=value ds_type=DERIVE meta_key1=meta_val1 98722.000000 1502148249
collectd uses are very powerful naming schema to identify each statistics value. It has been proven very generic and flexible, but may be confusing at first, especially to new users. You can read more about it by following this wiki collectd naming schema.
Metrics are batched and compressed before they are sent. The compression algorithm is
"deflate". The algorithm is explained in more detail in An Explanation of the Deflate Algorithm. Alternately, you can specify
"gzip" for gzip compression and
"none" for no compression.
Sumo Logic collectd plugin retries on exceptions by default. When all retries fail, the request is either scheduled for a future attempt or dropped based on the buffer status. By default, 1000 requests are buffered. If the buffer becomes full, then requests failed after all retries will be dropped. Otherwise, it is put back to the processing queue for the next run.
7. View metrics
To view the metrics sent by the collectd plugin, log into Sumo Logic and open a Metrics tab. Query for metrics using either dimensions or metadata, e.g.:
_sourceName=my_source _sourceHost=my_host _sourceCategory=my_category plugin=cpu
You should be able to see metrics displayed in the main graph.
You can configure the Sumo Logic collectd plugin by overriding default values for plugin parameters.
|MaxBatchSize||Sumo Logic collectd plugin batches metrics before sending them over https. MaxBatchSize defines the upper limit of metrics per batch.||Positive Integer||5000||NA|
|MaxBatchInterval||Sumo Logic collectd plugin batches metrics before sending them through https. MaxBatchInterval defines the upper limit of duration to construct a batch.||Positive Integer||1||Second|
|HttpPostInterval||Sumo Logic collectd plugin schedules https post requests at fixed intervals. HttpPostInterval defines the frequency for the scheduler to run. If no metrics batch is available at the time, the sceduler immediately returns. If multiple metrics batches are available, then the oldest batch is picked to be sent.||Positive Float||0.1|
|MaxRequestsToBuffer||Sumo Logic collectd plugin buffers failed and delayed metrics batch requests. MaxRequestsToBuffer specifies the maximum number of these requests to buffer. After the buffer becomes full, the request with oldest metrics batch will be dropped to make space for new metrics batch.|Positive Integer||Positive Integer||1000||NA|
|RetryInitialDelay||Sumo Logic collectd plugin retries on recoverable exceptions. RetryInitialDelay specifies the initial delay before a retry is scheduled. More information can be found in the retry library||Non-negative Integer||0||Second|
|RetryMaxAttempts||Sumo Logic collectd plugin retries on recoverable exceptions. RetryMaxAttempts specifies the upper limit of retries before the current retry logic fails. The metric batch is then either put back for the next run (when metrics buffer specified by MaxRequestsToBuffer is not full), or dropped (when metrics buffer is full). More information can be found in the retry library||Positive Integer||10||NA|
|RetryMaxDelay||Sumo Logic collectd plugin retries on recoverable exceptions. RetryMaxDelay specifies the upper limit of delay before the current retry logic fails. Then the metric batch either is put back for the next run (when metrics buffer specified by MaxRequestsToBuffer is not full), or dropped (when metrics buffer is full). More information can be found in the retry library||Positive Integer||100||Second|
|RetryJitterMin||Sumo Logic collectd plugin retries on recoverable exceptions. RetryJitterMin specifies the minimum extra seconds added to delay between attempts. More information can be found in the retry library||Non-negative Integer||0||Second|
|RetryJitterMax||Sumo Logic collectd plugin retries on recoverable exceptions. RetryJitterMax specifies the maximum extra seconds added to delay between attempts. More information can be found in the retry library||Non-negative Integer||10||Second|
|ContentEncoding||The content encoding used to compress HTTP entity-body||
Collectd MetricsConverter MetricsBatcher MetricsBuffer MetricsSender -------- -------------------------- -------------- ------------------------ ----------------- batch to send Raw Data -> Metric in Carbon 2.0 format -> Metrics Batch -> Buffered metrics batches -> Request scheduler <- failed batch
The Sumo Logic collectd output plugin is published under the Apache Software License, Version 2.0. Please visit http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.txt for details.