TL;DR InfluxDB Tech Tips - Using InfluxDB To Write and Export Data In Line Protocol
By Regan Kuchan / Nov 03, 2016 / Tech Tips
In this weekly post we recap the most interesting InfluxDB and TICK-stack related issues, using InfluxDB to write and export data in line protocol, workarounds, how-tos and Q&A from GitHub, IRC and the InfluxDB Google Group that you might have missed in the last week or so.
Write data from a file
A: You can use the HTTP API to write data to InfluxDB from a file. For example:
$ curl -i -XPOST "http://localhost:8086/write?db=mydb" --data-binary @bridges.txt
A sample of the data in
bridges,type=cable_stayed visitors=607 1478133069000000000 bridges,type=cable_stayed visitors=608 1478133071000000000 bridges,type=suspension visitors=231 1478133069000000000 bridges,type=suspension visitors=234 1478133071000000000
Q: I’d like to export data from InfluxDB in line protocol format. How can I do this?
influx_inspect export -datadir "/var/lib/influxdb/data" -waldir "/var/lib/influxdb/wal" -out "export" -database mydb -retention autogen
A sample of the data in
# INFLUXDB EXPORT: 1677-09-21T00:12:43Z - 2262-04-11T23:47:16Z # DDL CREATE DATABASE mydb WITH NAME autogen # DML # CONTEXT-DATABASE:mydb # CONTEXT-RETENTION-POLICY:autogen # writing tsm data mymeas,color=blue value=800 1478129348953855972 mymeas,color=blue value=900 1478129351427777943 # writing wal data bridges,type=cable_stayed visitors=607 1478133069000000000 bridges,type=cable_stayed visitors=608 1478133071000000000 bridges,type=suspension visitors=231 1478133069000000000 bridges,type=suspenstion visitors=234 1478133071000000000
Note that the example uses syntax available in the 1.1 version of the
influx_inspect tool. The release candidate for version 1.1 is available on the downloads page.
Set a (nearly) infinite shard group duration
> CREATE RETENTION POLICY "ever_after" ON "final_frontier" DURATION INF REPLICATION 1 SHARD DURATION INF > SHOW RETENTION POLICIES ON "final_frontier" name duration shardGroupDuration replicaN default ---- -------- ------------------ -------- ------- autogen 0s 168h0m0s 1 true ever_after 0s 168h0m0s 1 false
A: Shard group durations cannot be infinite. As a workaround, we recommend specifying a
1000w shard group duration to achieve an extremely long shard group duration. For more on shard duration management, see the Schema Design documentation.
There’s an open issue on GitHub for InfluxDB to return an error if the
CREATE RETENTION POLICY query attempts to set the shard group duration to
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