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Python Module for developing Munin Multigraph Monitoring Plugins.

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PyMunin - Python Multigraph Munin Plugins

Python Module for developing Munin Multigraph Monitoring Plugins.

More detailed documentation for the project and sample graphs for plugins are
published in the [PyMunin Project Web Page](

Regular Munin Plugins employ one-plugin one-graph logic and require the
execution of a script for data retrieval for each graph.
Multigraph plugins permit retrieval of data for multiple graphs in one execution
run (one-plugin many-graphs), reducing the processing time and delay for the
fetch cycle significantly.
More information on Multigraph Plugins can be found in the
[Munin Wiki](

* [Multigraph Plugins](
* [Multigraph Plugin Protocol](

The plugins consist of the following components:

* The _pymunin_ module _(./pymunin)_ implements the base classes for
developing Munin plugins.
* The plugin logic is implemented in the plugin scripts in _./pymunin/plugins_.
* The actual data retrieval logic is separated from the plugins to facilitate
code reuse. Individual modules in the directory _./pysysinfo_ implement classes
for getting the monitoring data and returning them in dictionary objects.
The separation of the data retrieval logic should facilitate the use of the
same code in other monitoring solutions.

Although the solution is focused on implementing _Multigraph Plugins_ the module
also supports simple single graph plugins.


* Initial packaging of the code was done
by [mlavin]( (Mark Lavin).
PyMunin is installable pip / easy_install thanks to Mark. :-)
* The initial design of the solution was inspired by
by [samuel]( (Samuel Stauffer).

Munin Plugins

Multigraph Monitoring Plugins for the following applications are already

* Apache Tomcat
* Apache Web Server
* Asterisk Telephony Server
* Disk Usage
* Disk I/O
* FreeSWITCH Soft Switch
* Memcached
* MySQL Database
* Network Interface Traffic and Errors
* Network Connection Stats (netstat)
* Nginx Web Server
* NTP - Time Server
* PHP APC - PHP Cache
* PHP FPM (FastCGI Process Manager)
* PostgreSQL Database
* Processes and Threads
* System Resources
(Load, CPU, Memory, Processes, Interrupts, Paging, Swapping, etc.)
* Sangoma Wanpipe Telephony Interfaces

Classes for retrieving stats are available, but no plugins have been developed
yet for the following:

* Squid Web Proxy


The documentation for the project and sample graphs for plugins will be
published in the [PyMunin Project Web Page](


I would be happy to receive suggestions on improving the code for developing
Munin Plugins. Alternatively you can use the _Issues_ functionality of _GitHub_
to document problems and to propose improvements. You can use the internal
messaging system of _GitHub_ or my e-mail address in case you prefer to
contact me directly.

I hope that by sharing the code, the existing plugins will get more testing and
receive improvements, and many more Multigraph plugins will be developed

I would be glad to receive some sample graphs from anyone using the plugins.


_PyMunin_ is copyrighted free software made available under the terms of the
_GPL License Version 3_ or later.

See the _COPYING_ file that acompanies the code for full licensing information.


The easiest way to install the code is to use [pip](

* Install the newest version from [PyPI](
pip install PyMunin
* Install the latest development versión:
pip install git+

The other option is to download and uncompress the code and execute the included
_setup.py_ script for installation:
./ install

For detailed instructions on the installation process please check the
project documentation at
[PyMunin Project Web Page](


On error plugins return short error messages by default. Plugin debugging must
be enabled to return full trace for exceptions.

To enable plugin debugging in _munin-run_ use the _--pidebug_ option.

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