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Installs and configures Munin for a server and for clients using Chef 0.8 search capabilities.



  • Use Chef 0.10's node.chef_environment instead of node['app_environment'].


Requires Chef 0.10 for Chef environments.

The monitoring server that uses this recipe should have a role named 'monitoring'. The recipes use search, and narrow the results to nodes in the same chef_environment.

Because of the heavy use of search, this recipe will not work with Chef Solo, as it cannot do any searches without a server.


Tested on Ubuntu, Debian, and ArchLinux.


Opscode cookbooks

  • apache2

To install perl cpan modules for munin plugins

  • perl


  • ['munin']['server_role'] - role of the munin server. Default is monitoring.
  • ['munin']['docroot'] - document root for the server apache vhost. on archlinux, the default is /srv/http/munin, or /var/www/munin on other platforms.



The client recipe installs munin-node package and starts the service. It also searches for a node with the role for the munin server, by default node['munin']['server_role']. On Archlinux, it builds the list of plugins to enable.


The server recipe will set up the munin server with Apache. It will create a cron job for generating the munin graphs, search for any nodes that have munin attributes (node['munin']), and use those nodes to connect for the graphs.


Create a role named monitoring that includes the munin::server recipe in the run list. Adjust the docroot to suit your environment.

% cat roles/monitoring.rb
name "monitoring"
description "The monitoring server"

Apply this role to a node and it will be the munin server. Optionally create a DNS entry for it as munin, that will be used in the Apache vhost.

Use Chef 0.10's environments. For example, create a "production" environment Ruby DSL file and upload it to the Chef Server

% cat environments/production.rb
name "production"
description "Nodes in production"
% knife environment from file production.rb

Clients will automatically search for the server based on the value of the node['munin']['server_role'] attribute in the same environment. If you don't use monitoring as the role name, change it in a role that is applied to any nodes that get the munin::client recipe.

Custom Plugins

This section describes how to add custom munin plugins.

The munin cookbook now has a definition that can be used to enable a new plugin for data gathering on a client. If an existing munin plugin is desired, call the definition

munin_plugin "nfs_client"

By default the plugin file name is the name parameter here. Specify the plugin parameter to use something else.

munin_plugin "nfs_client"
  plugin "nfs_client_"

This creates a symlink from the plugins distribution directory, /usr/share/munin/plugins to the enabled plugins directory, /etc/munin/plugins, and once the server poller picks it up will have new graph data for that plugin. See the plugins distribution directory for available plugins or add your own.

If a custom plugin is required, add the plugin file to the munin cookbook in site-cookbooks/munin/files/default/plugins. Call the definition specifying that the plugin file should be downloaded from the cookbook.

munin_plugin "nfs_client_custom"
  create_file true

By default in both cases, the plugin is enabled. If a plugin should be disabled, use the enable parameter

munin_plugin "nfs_client_custom"
  enable false

Some plugins may require other configuration. For example, to use the memcache plugins, you'll need the Cache::Memcache cpan module installed, and use the munin_plugin definition. The perl cookbook from opscode includes a definition to handle this easily.

cpan_module "Cache::Memcached"

Then for example in your memcache recipe

).each do |plugin_name|
  munin_plugin plugin_name do
    plugin "#{plugin_name}#{node[:ipaddress].gsub('.','_')}_#{node[:memcached][:port]}"
    create_file true

License and Author

Author:: Nathan Haneysmith Author:: Joshua Timberman

Copyright 2009-2011, Opscode, Inc

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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