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snapteld Configuration File

snapteld supports being configured through a configuration file located at a default location of /etc/snap/snapteld.conf on Linux systems or by passing a configuration file in through the --config command line flag when starting snapteld. YAML and JSON are currently supported for configuration file types.

snapteld runs without a configuration file provided and will use the default values defined inside the daemon (shown below). There is an order of precedence when it comes to default values, configuration files, and flags when snapteld starts. Any value defined in the default configuration file located at /etc/snap/snapteld.conf will take precedence over default values. Any value defined in a configuration file passed via the --config flag will be used in place of any default configuration file on the system and override default values. Any flags passed in on the command line during the start up of snapteld will override any values defined in configuration files and default values.

In order of precedence (from greatest to least):

  • Command-line flags
  • Configuration file passed in via the --config flag
  • Default configuration file (if exists)
  • Default values per configuration setting


The configuration file is comprised of different sections for each module that the Snap daemon can run. Settings specifically for the Snap daemon are defined on the top level, along with configuration sections for Control, Scheduler, REST API Server, and Tribe. Below, each section will be detailed in YAML format broken out for each section. A full example configuration file can be seen in YAML or JSON format in examples/configs in the project source.

YAML Example

When defining a configuration in YAML format, options or sections can be commented out if the value provided will not be different from the default value configured by the system.

snapteld configuration

This section comprises of configuration settings that are specific for the Snap daemon.

# log_level for the Snap daemon. Supported values are
# 1 - Debug, 2 - Info, 3 - Warning, 4 - Error, 5 - Fatal.
# Default value is 3.
log_level: 3

# log_path sets the path for logs for the Snap daemon. By
# default snapteld prints all logs to stdout. Any provided
# path will send snapteld logs to a file called snapteld.log in
# the provided directory.
log_path: /var/log/snap

# log_truncate specifies how the log file with be opened
# false => append
# true  => truncate
log_truncate: false

# log_colors specifies if log file output is colorified
# true  => colors
# false => no colors
log_colors: true

# Gomaxprocs sets the number of cores to use on the system
# for snapteld to use. Default for gomaxprocs is 1
gomaxprocs: 1

snapteld control configurations

The control section contains settings for configuring the Control module within the Snap daemon. These configuration settings are specific for the running of plugins and the plugins section under control allows for passing of plugin specific configuration items to the plugins during a task run.

  # auto_discover_path sets the directory(s) to auto load plugins and tasks on
  # the start of the snap daemon. This can be a colon separated list of directories.
  auto_discover_path: /opt/snap/plugins:/opt/snap/tasks

  # cache_expiration sets the time interval for the plugin cache to use before
  # expiring collection results from collect plugins. Default value is 500ms
  cache_expiration: 500ms

  # max_running_plugins sets the size of the available plugin pool for each
  # plugin loaded in the system. Default value is 3
  max_running_plugins: 3

  # plugin_load_timeout sets the maximal time allowed for a plugin to load
  # Default value is 3
  plugin_load_timeout: 10

  # keyring_paths sets the directory(s) to search for keyring files for signed
  # plugins. This can be a comma separated list of directories
  keyring_paths: /opt/snap/plugins/keyrings

  # plugin_trust_level sets the plugin trust level for snapteld. The default state
  # for plugin trust level is enabled (1). When enabled, only signed plugins that can
  # be verified will be loaded into snapteld. Signatures are verified from
  # keyring files specified in keyring_path. Plugin trust can be disabled (0) which
  # will allow loading of all plugins whether signed or not. The warning state allows
  # for loading of signed and unsigned plugins. Warning messages will be displayed if
  # an unsigned plugin is loaded. Any signed plugins that cannot be verified will
  # not be loaded. Valid values are 0 - Off, 1 - Enabled, 2 - Warning
  plugin_trust_level: 1

  # temp_dir_path sets the temporary directory which houses the temporary files 
  temp_dir_path: /tmp

  # max_plugin_restarts controls how many times a plugin is allowed to be restarted
  # before failing. Snap will not disable a plugin due to failures when this value is -1.
  max_plugin_restarts: 10

  ## Secure plugin communication optional parameters:
  # tls_cert_path sets the TLS certificate path to enable secure plugin communication
  # and authenticate itself to plugins. Requires also: tls_key_path.
  tls_cert_path: /tmp/snaptest-cli.crt
  # tls_key_path sets the TLS key path to enable secure plugin communication and
  # authenticate itself to plugins. Requires also: tls_cert_path.
  tls_key_path: /tmp/snaptest-cli.key
  # ca_cert_paths sets the list of filesystem paths (files/directories) to CA certificates
  # for use in validating
  ca_cert_paths: /tmp/small-setup-ca.crt:/tmp/medium-setup-ca.crt:/tmp/ca-certs/

  # plugins section contains plugin config settings that will be applied for
  # plugins across tasks.
      password: p@ssw0rd
        user: jane
          path: /usr/local/pcm/bin
            user: john
            someint: 1234
            somefloat: 3.14
            somebool: true
          path: /usr/local/bin/psutil
          server: xyz.local
          password: $password
          user: jane
            user: tiffany
            password: new password

  # tags section contains global tags that will be applied on collected metrics
  # across tasks.
      datacenter: rennes
    # tags all metrics
      country: france

snapteld scheduler configurations

The scheduler section of the configuration file configures settings for the Scheduler module inside the Snap daemon.

  # work_manager_queue_size sets the size of the worker queue inside snapteld scheduler.
  # Default value is 25.
  work_manager_queue_size: 25

  # work_manager_pool_size sets the size of the worker pool inside snapteld scheduler.
  # Default value is 4.
  work_manager_pool_size: 4

snapteld REST API configurations

The restapi section of the configuration file configures settings for enabling and running the REST API as part of the Snap daemon. The snaptel command line tool uses the REST API to manage snapteld on a host.

  # enable controls enabling or disabling the REST API for snapteld. Default value is enabled.
  enable: true

  # https enables HTTPS for the REST API. If no default certificate and key are provided, then
  # the REST API will generate a private and public key to use for communication. Default
  # value is false
  https: false

  # rest_auth enables authentication for the REST API. Default value is false
  rest_auth: false

  # rest_auth_password sets the password to use the REST API. Currently user and password
  # combinations are not supported.
  rest_auth_password: changeme

  # rest_certificate is the path to the certificate to use for REST API when HTTPS is also enabled.
  rest_certificate: /etc/snap/certs/

  # rest_key is the path to the private key for the certificate in use by the REST API
  # when HTTPs is enabled.
  rest_key: /etc/snap/certs/snap.key

  # port sets the port to start the REST API server on. Default is 8181
  port: 8181

  # allowed_origins sets the allowed origins in a comma separated list. It defaults to the same origin if the value is empty.

snapteld tribe configurations

The tribe section of the configuration file configures settings for enabling and running tribe as part of the Snap daemon.

  # enable controls enabling tribe for the snapteld instance. Default value is false.
  enable: false

  # bind_addr sets the IP address for tribe to bind.

  # bind_port sets the port for tribe to listen on. Default value is 6000
  bind_port: 6000

  # name sets the name to use for this snapteld instance in the tribe
  # membership. Default value defaults to the local hostname of the system.
  name: snaphost-01

  # seed sets the snapteld instance to use as the seed for tribe communications

JSON Example

The same configuration settings above can also be provided in a JSON formatted configuration file. Unlike YAML which allows for commenting out unused options or whole sections, those unused options and/or sections are just removed from the JSON file.

    "log_level": 1,
    "control": {
        "cache_expiration": "1s",
        "plugin_trust_level": 0
    "restapi": {
        "enable": true,
        "https": true,
        "port": 8282

Restarting snapteld to pick up configuration changes

If changes are made to the configuration file, snapteld must be restarted to pick up those changes. Fortunately, this is a simple matter of sending a SIGHUP signal to the snapteld process. For example, the following command will restart the snapteld process on the local system:

$ kill -HUP `pidof snapteld`

Note that in this example, we are using the pidof command to retrieve the process ID of the snapteld process. If the pidof command is not available on your system you might have to use a ps aux command and pipe the output of that command to a grep snapteld command in order to obtain the process ID of the snapteld process. Once the snapteld process receives that signal it will restart and pick up any changes that have been made to the configuration file that was originally used to Âstart the snapteld process.

Do keep in mind that this signal will trigger a restart of the snapteld process. This means that any running tasks will be shut down and any loaded plugins will be unloaded. In reality, this means that when the snapteld process restarts any plugins not in the auto_discover_path will need to be loaded manually once the snapteld process restarts (and any tasks not in that same auto_discover_path will need to be restarted). However, any plugins in the auto_discover_path will be automatically reloaded and any tasks in that same auto_discover_path will be automatically restarted when the when the snapteld process restarts in response to a SIGHUP signal.

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