Processes Monitoring

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Why use the Processes Telegraf plugin?

Gathering metrics on system processes provides useful insights on resource usage and usage trends in your Linux, FreeBSD, or Darwin operating systems.

The metrics collected with this plugin help to identify the source of any unusual activity, and what resources are using too much memory or not running at all. The data from these processes, sometimes called tasks, can be used in conjunction with other critical monitoring Telegraf plugins, such as System, Network Resources, Disk, Mem Telegraf Input, and others, to compile a 360-degree view of your system.

How to monitor Processes using the Telegraf plugin

Point the Processes plugin at InfluxDB to begin collecting metrics.

Key Processes Metrics to use for monitoring

Some of the important Processes metrics that you should proactively monitor include:

  • blocked (aka disk sleep or uninterruptible sleep)
  • running
  • sleeping
  • stopped
  • total
  • zombie
  • dead
  • wait (freebsd only)
  • idle (bsd and Linux 4+ only)
  • paging (linux only)
  • parked (linux only)
  • total_threads (linux only)
For more information, please check out the documentation.

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