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Host process list 🔗

Description 🔗

The Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector provides this integration as the processlist monitor type for the Smart Agent Receiver.

This monitor reports the running processes for a host, similar to the output of the top or ps commands on *nix systems. The output format is a special base64-encoded event that appears under the Infrastructure view for a specific host. Historical process information is not retained on Splunk Observability Cloud.

This monitor is available on Linux and Windows.

Benefits 🔗

After you configure the integration, you can access these features:

  • View metrics. You can create your own custom dashboards, and most monitors provide built-in dashboards as well. For information about dashboards, see View dashboards in Observability Cloud.

  • View a data-driven visualization of the physical servers, virtual machines, AWS instances, and other resources in your environment that are visible to Infrastructure Monitoring. For information about navigators, see Splunk Infrastructure Monitoring navigators.

  • Access the Metric Finder and search for metrics sent by the monitor. For information, see Use the Metric Finder.

Installation 🔗

Follow these steps to deploy this integration:

  1. Deploy the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector to your host or container platform:

  2. Configure the monitor, as described in the Configuration section.

  3. Restart the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector.

Configuration 🔗

To use this Smart Agent monitor with the Collector, include the smartagent receiver and service pipeline in your configuration file. The Smart Agent receiver is fully supported only on x86_64/amd64 platforms.

See the examples below for more details.


Provide a processlist monitor entry in your Collector or Smart Agent (deprecated) configuration. Use the appropriate form for your agent type.

Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector 🔗

To activate this monitor in the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector, add the following to the receivers section of your agent configuration:

    type: processlist
    ...  # Additional config

To complete the monitor activation, you must also include the smartagent/processlist receiver item in a logs pipeline. To do this, add the receiver item to the service > pipelines > logs > receivers section of your configuration file.

The following example shows how to configure the logs pipeline using the required signalfx exporter:

      receivers: [signalfx, smartagent/processlist]
      exporters: [signalfx]
      processors: [memory_limiter, batch, resourcedetection]

Smart Agent 🔗

To activate this monitor in the Smart Agent, add the following to your agent configuration:

monitors:  # All monitor config goes under this key
  - type: processlist
    ...  # Additional config

See Install and configure the SignalFx Smart Agent for an autogenerated example of a YAML configuration file, with default values where applicable.

Metrics 🔗

The Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector does not do any built-in filtering of metrics for this monitor.

Get help 🔗

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