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host-metadata 🔗

Monitor Type: host-metadata (Source)

Accepts Endpoints: No

Multiple Instances Allowed: No

Overview 🔗

This monitor collects metadata properties about a host. It is required for some views in SignalFx to operate.

  - type: host-metadata

In containerized environments host /etc and /proc may not be located directly under the root path. You can specify the path to proc and etc using the top level agent configurations procPath and etcPath

procPath: /proc
etcPath: /etc
  - type: host-metadata

Metadata updates occur on a sparse interval of approximately 1m, 1m, 1h, 1d and continues repeating once per day. Setting the Interval configuration for this monitor will not affect the sparse interval on which metadata is collected.

Configuration 🔗

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

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

For a list of monitor options that are common to all monitors, see Common Configuration.

This monitor has no configuration options.

Metrics 🔗

These are the metrics available for this monitor. Metrics that are categorized as container/host (default) are in bold and italics in the list below.

  • sfxagent.hostmetadata (gauge)
    The time the hostmetadata monitor has been running in seconds. It includes dimensional metadata about the host and agent.

Non-default metrics (version 4.7.0+) 🔗

To emit metrics that are not default, you can add those metrics in the generic monitor-level extraMetrics config option. Metrics that are derived from specific configuration options that do not appear in the above list of metrics do not need to be added to extraMetrics.

To see a list of metrics that will be emitted you can run agent-status monitors after configuring this monitor in a running agent instance.

Dimensions 🔗

The following dimensions may occur on metrics emitted by this monitor. Some dimensions may be specific to certain metrics.

Name Description
collectd The version of collectd in the signalfx-agent
kernel_name The name of the host kernel.
kernel_release The release of the host kernel.
kernel_version The version of the host kernel.
os_version The version of the os on the host.
signalfx_agent The version of the signalfx-agent