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#1 JasonDeArte



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:18 PM

How do you monitor the uptime of a p4d server process on a Linux box?

I use DataDog Agent & usually I would install one of their various client integrations for Jenkins or GitLab. https://docs.datadog...m/integrations/

But there are none for helix p4d.

What is the most reliable method for a process running on the same machine as p4d to determine that p4d is running & gather helix specific performance stats?

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:32 PM

We use Zabbix for monitoring but the idea is probably the same. Here's a smattering of commands we run on our hosts to produce values that are sent to the Zabbix server each minute.

The quickest and dirtiest way to get basic info is by parsing the output of 'p4 info'. If the server is not up, no output. And you don't need a login ticket to run that.

We are in a commit/edge architecture so we collect info about journals and whatnot this way:

journal_raw_output=`/p4/common/bin/p4master_run 1 /p4/1/bin/p4_1 pull -l -j`
archive_raw_output=`/p4/common/bin/p4master_run 1 /p4/1/bin/p4_1 pull -l -s`

Then parse that output into a bunch of data points:

journal_update=`echo $journal_raw_output | awk -v RS='' '{ print $25,$26 }' | sed 's/\.//' | xargs -n1 -I{} date +%s -d"{}"`
master_journal_update=`echo $journal_raw_output | awk -v RS='' '{ print $33,$34 }' | xargs -n1 -I{} date +%s -d"{}"`
journal_counter=`echo $journal_raw_output | awk '{ print $7 }' | sed 's/\,$//'`
master_journal_counter=`echo $journal_raw_output | awk '{ print $16 }' | sed 's/\,$//'`
journal_sequence=`echo $journal_raw_output | awk '{ print $9 }' | sed 's/\.$//'`
master_journal_sequence=`echo $journal_raw_output | awk '{ print $18 }' | sed 's/\.$//'`
active_archive_transfers=`echo $archive_raw_output | awk '{ print $3 }'`
queued_archive_transfers=`echo $archive_raw_output | awk '{ print $4 }' | sed 's/active\///'`

Uptime and p4d version are easily parseable from 'p4 info' output:

uptime=`/p4/common/bin/p4master_run 1 /p4/1/bin/p4_1 info | /bin/grep 'uptime' | /bin/awk '{print $3}'`
version=`/p4/common/bin/p4master_run 1 /p4/1/bin/p4_1 info | /bin/grep 'version' | /bin/awk '{print $3}'`

As well as license info from our commit server:

users=`/p4/common/bin/p4master_run 1 /p4/1/bin/p4_1 users | /usr/bin/wc -l`
licenses=`/p4/common/bin/p4master_run 1 /p4/1/bin/p4_1 info | /bin/grep 'Server license:' | /bin/awk '{print $6}'`

We don't collect any performance stats from Perforce in general, we're mostly concerned about that journal delay as well as general filesystem churning, CPU overload, number of p4d processes, stuff like that, but 'p4 -ztag info' might give some interesting stats to track. It's all Greek to me but maybe there's something useful in there, no idea. :)
-Matt Janulewicz
Staff SCM Engineer, Perforce Administrator
Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
1275 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

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