Monitoring temperatures with telegraf
One of my NUCs keeps hanging, and I suspect temperature. I wanted to use collectd to gather the temperature sensor values, but it was removed from Ubuntu 22.04. Instead, I’m going to see if I can get telegaf to do it instead.
I have a NUC in the living room, running Emby Server. It keeps dying. The Emby client can’t connect; I can’t SSH to it; I can’t ping it; attempting to wake it up with the keyboard does nothing.
I suspect that it might be a temperature problem, and I have monit set up to keep an eye on that, but monit only alerts at given thresholds; it doesn’t report ongoing values.
So I wanted to install
collectd and have it record the temperature every few minutes or so. Rather than report to
graphite/grafana (because my k3s cluster is turned off right now), I planned to have it write to local RRD files, and
I’d collate them later.
Unfortunately, I upgraded the NUC to Ubuntu 22.04 yesterday, and collectd is no longer in the default repository. So I’m
going to play with
It’s part of the InfluxDB family, but I’m going to see if I can get away without installing InfluxDB just yet (because, again, my k3s cluster is turned off).
sudo apt update && sudo apt install telegraf
Edit the configuration file at
/etc/telegraf/telegraf.config. To enable the
sensors plugin, uncomment the
[[inputs.sensors]] section. The defaults are probably fine. Similarly, uncomment the
Test the configuration
$ telegraf --config /etc/telegraf/telegraf.config --input-filter sensors --test 2022-08-29T15:17:22Z I! Starting Telegraf 1.21.4+ds1-0ubuntu2 2022-08-29T15:17:22Z I! Loaded inputs: sensors 2022-08-29T15:17:22Z I! Loaded aggregators: 2022-08-29T15:17:22Z I! Loaded processors: 2022-08-29T15:17:22Z W! Outputs are not used in testing mode! 2022-08-29T15:17:22Z I! Tags enabled: host=roger-nuc > sensors,chip=coretemp-isa-0000,feature=package_id_0,host=roger-nuc temp_crit=100,temp_crit_alarm=0,temp_input=49,temp_max=100 1661786243000000000 > sensors,chip=coretemp-isa-0000,feature=core_0,host=roger-nuc temp_crit=100,temp_crit_alarm=0,temp_input=45,temp_max=100 1661786243000000000 > sensors,chip=coretemp-isa-0000,feature=core_1,host=roger-nuc temp_crit=100,temp_crit_alarm=0,temp_input=47,temp_max=100 1661786243000000000 > sensors,chip=pch_skylake-virtual-0,feature=temp1,host=roger-nuc temp_input=38.5 1661786243000000000 > sensors,chip=acpitz-acpi-0,feature=temp1,host=roger-nuc temp_input=-263.2 1661786243000000000 > sensors,chip=nvme-pci-3c00,feature=composite,host=roger-nuc temp_alarm=0,temp_crit=84.85,temp_input=44.85,temp_max=79.85,temp_min=-5.15 1661786243000000000
Restart the daemon
sudo service telegraf restart
Is it working?
$ tail -f /tmp/metrics.out processes,host=roger-nuc total_threads=502i,idle=68i,zombies=2i,running=0i,unknown=0i,dead=0i,paging=0i,blocked=0i,stopped=0i,sleeping=160i,total=230i 1661787590000000000 sensors,chip=coretemp-isa-0000,feature=package_id_0,host=roger-nuc temp_max=100,temp_crit=100,temp_crit_alarm=0,temp_input=39 1661787590000000000
Now we wait
Now we wait. The next time the NUC freezes, I should be able to restart it and then take a look at the
/tmp/metrics.out output file to see if there’s anything obviously wrong.
Like a complete idiot, I forgot that
/tmp would be wiped on restart, so there was nothing useful in the output file.
On the other hand, it was spamming
/var/log/syslog, so there was a record of the metrics in there. It’s not a
To turn off the syslog spam (which is due to stdout -> systemd -> syslog), and to fix the /tmp thing, edit
/etc/telegraf/telegraf.con (as root):
[[outputs.file]] ## Files to write to, "stdout" is a specially handled file. files = ["/var/log/telegraf/metrics.out"]
That is: remove
stdout; write to somewhere more persistent. You might need to create the directory first (I didn’t).
If you do, it’s:
sudo mkdir /var/log/telegraf/ sudo chown _telegraf:_telegraf /var/log/telegraf/ sudo chmod 755 /var/log/telegraf/
Don’t forget to restart the daemon:
sudo service telegraf restart