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PMDABIND2(1)             General Commands Manual            PMDABIND2(1)

NAME         top

       pmdabind2 - BIND performance metrics domain agent (PMDA)

DESCRIPTION         top

       This PMDA extracts performance data from BIND (Berkeley Internet
       Name Domain).  It enables collection of most of the statistics
       metrics from the Bind server version 9 or later, which includes:

       • overall memory statistics

       • overall per-query statistics (general queries, EDNS/truncated
         responses, Update/Notify/AXFR/IXFR messages)

       • overall error statistics (Rejected, SERVFAIL, Update/XFR
         failures ...)

       • overall statistics per transport protocol, EDNS and per version
         of IP protocol

       • resolver statistics (successes, errors, round-trip times in
         several ranges)

       • detailed per-socket statistics with respect to the transport
         protcol and IP version including errors

       • detailed per-file-descriptor statistics including errors

       The PMDA performs per-second collection of the whole data set
       (148 metrics on the test environment) with modest requirements
       (2% CPU usage on Intel i7-4700MQ @2.4 GHz, cca 30 MB RAM).

       If more than 1 requests/sec is performed, the memoized values are
       used so that the statistics interface of the Bind server does not
       get overloaded.

INSTALLATION         top

       Configure BIND to export XML statistics via its REST interface.
       This requires BIND configuration to enable statistics exporting
       locally (at least).

           statistics-channels {
               inet port 8080 allow {; };
           options { zone-statistics yes; }
           # ./Install

       The hostname (localhost), port (8080 above) and other
       configuration information must be specified in both the BIND
       configuration file as well as the $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/bind2/bind2.conf

           # cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/bind2
           # [ edit bind2.conf ]

       Once this is setup, you can access the names and values for the
       bind2 performance metrics by doing the following as root:

           # cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/bind2
           # ./Install

       To uninstall, the following must be done as root:

           # cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/bind2
           # ./Remove

       pmdabind2 is launched by pmcd(1) and should never be executed
       directly. The Install and Remove scripts notify pmcd(1) when the
       agent is installed or removed.

FILES         top

           mandatory configuration file listing monitored bind2

           installation script for the pmdabind2 agent

           undo installation script for the pmdabind2 agent

           default log file for error messages from pmdabind2


       Environment variables with the prefix PCP_ are used to
       parameterize the file and directory names used by PCP. On each
       installation, the file /etc/pcp.conf contains the local values
       for these variables.  The $PCP_CONF variable may be used to
       specify an alternative configuration file, as described in

SEE ALSO         top

       PCPIntro(1), pmcd(1), pmdanamed(1), named.conf(5) and named(8).

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