Graphs for ipmitool

This is a set of shell-scripts to quickly create a webpage with pretty graphs!

Prerequisites are a webserver with cgi-bin support and RRDtool, a data
collection and graphing utility you can get here:

First, decide on a directory where to store the RRDtool database files and make
sure it exists. The user that will run the cronjob to collect updates must have
write permissions in this dir.

Next, you'll need to edit some variables at the top of each script.

Common to all scripts:

hostname	Override this if you are collecting data from a remote host,
		or if the $HOSTNAME variable is incorrect. 

ipmi_cmd	Command line used to call ipmitool. Default is to collect
		data from the local server using OpenIPMI.

		If you want to collect data from a remote host, add the
		-I lan, -H, -U and -P options as necessary.

		BIG NOTE! I do not recommend using remote data collection since
		you'll have to store the password in the script. If you do,
		make sure unauthorized people can't read or execute the scripts
		or they'll be able to wreak havoc on your server.

rrd_dir		Enter the dir where to store the RRDtool database here.

Now you can get the data collection going. Run to create the
RDDtool database, you'll find one .rrd file per sensor in the designated dir.
Add a line to your crontab that executes every 5 minutes.

Something like this:
*/5 * * * * /usr/local/bin/

If you are a Solaris user you'll have to write the more verbose:
0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * /usr/local/bin/

Finally it's time to create the webpage, begin with editing some more variables
in the and/or scripts:

rrdcgi		Full path to the rrdcgi executable.

img_dir		Directory to store the graph images. This path must be within
		the document root and writable by the web server user.

		Example: /usr/local/apache2/htdocs/images/graphs

web_dir		Relative path of the URL where the images will show up
		on the web server.

		Example: With the img_dir path above the corresponding web_dir
		would be /images/graphs

graph_width	Size of the graph area in pixels (excluding title, legends etc.)

graph_daily	Decide which of daily, weekly and monthly graphs you want
graph_weekly	included on the page.

Finally run the create webpage script and store the output as a cgi-script and
don't forget to make it executable.

Example: > /usr/local/apache2/cgi-bin/my_ipmi_graphs.cgi
chmod 755 /usr/local/apache2/cgi-bin/my_ipmi_graphs.cgi

Now you can surf to and enjoy!

The difference between and is that
the first script displays sensor thresholds in the graphs. The second script
collects all sensors that measure the same unit into the same graph thus
producing a lot fewer graphs.

Note, RRDtool sometimes scales the graphs such that the sensor thresholds
fall outside the visible area.

Happy graphing!