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gkrellmd - The GNU Krell Monitors Server
gkrellmd [ --help ] [ --verbose ] [ -u | --update-hz N ] [ -m | --max-
clients N ] [ -P | --port N ] [ -a | --allow-host hostname ] [ -d |
--detach ] [ -p | --plugin name ] [ -pe | --plugin-enable name ] [
--plist ] [ --plog ] [ -U | --user username ] [ -G | --group groupname
] [ --inet-interval seconds ] [ --io-timeout seconds ] [ --reconnect-
timeout seconds ] [ --mailbox mbox_path ]
gkrellmd Listens for connections from gkrellm clients. When a gkrellm
client connects to a gkrellmd server all builtin monitors collect their
data from the server. However, the gkrellm process is running on the
local machine, so plugins enabled in gkrellm will collect data from the
local context unless the plugin is client/server capable and has a
gkrellmd plugin counterpart which is installed and enabled on the
server. Enabling a plugin installed on a server requires adding a plu-
gin-enable line to a gkrellmd.conf file.
Any command launching from a gkrellm client will run commands on the
There is no support for file system mounting on the machine where the
gkrellmd server is running.
Displays usage information and exits.
Prints gkrellmd version and exits.
Prints connection progress.
-u, --update-hz f
Sets the data update frequency in samples per second for the
server. This is independent of and should be less than the
gkrellm client update rate. The rate can be from 1 to 10 and
should be lower to minimize network traffic. A value of not
much more than 1/2 the client update rate is best where it is
not important to minimize network traffic.
-m, --max-clients N
Sets the maximum number of simultaneous clients allowed to con-
nect to the server.
-P, --port server_port
Use server_port for the network connection.
-a, --allow-host hostname
Specify hosts which are allowed to connect. Multiple allow-host
arguments may be given. If no hosts are specified on the com-
mand line or in a gkrellmd.conf file, then all hosts are allowed
to connect. The hostname argument may be a text name or a IPv4
or IPv6 dotted notation. For IPv4, the simple subnet pattern
x.y.z.* may be used. Also, if hostname is the keyword ALL then
all hosts are allowed. This option is additive and specified
hosts will be added to the hostnames listed in gkrellmd.conf
files unless the --clear-hosts option is given first.
-p, --plugin name
For plugin development convenience, load and enable the command
line specified plugin to avoid repeated install steps in the
development cycle. See the README from the gkrellm demo5 for
more information on gkrellmd plugin development. Requires at
least gkrellmd version 2.2.0.
-pe, --plugin-enable name
Specify an installed plugin to enable (this is probably more
convenient to specify in a gkrellmd.conf file). Requires at
least gkrellmd version 2.2.0.
-plist Output a list of plugins which are installed and available to
enable and exit. Requires at least gkrellmd version 2.2.0.
-plog Output a log of the plugin install process. When requesting a
log, the --detach option will have no effect. Requires at least
gkrellmd version 2.2.0.
Clears the current list of allowed hosts. Use this before any
--allow-host arguments if you want command line allowed hosts to
override and not be additive to those specified in gkrellmd.conf
Runs gkrellmd in the background and detaches from the terminal.
-U, --user username
Changes user to username after startup. Useful if you want to
run gkrellmd as root, but set it to run with another privileges;
typically as the nobody user.
-G, --group groupname
Changes group to groupname after startup.
The Internet monitor defaults to reading TCP connections once
per second. However, for Linux SMP kernels where reading
/proc/net/tcp causes high cpu usage, the inet-interval may be
set to 1-20 seconds to slow down /proc/net/tcp reads. Or set it
to 0 to totally disable the Internet monitor. Requires at least
gkrellmd version 2.1.8.
Configure gkrellm clients to disconnect from a gkrellmd server
if there is an io-timeout interval where the client receives no
input from the server. Use this for conditions where gkrellmd
may be ungracefully terminated such that socket connections are
not closed. Minimum is 2 (less than 2 for no I/O disconnecting
and is the default). Requires at least 2.1.8 versions of both
gkrellmd and gkrellm.
Configure gkrellm clients to attempt automatic reconnects to a
gkrellmd server every reconnect-timeout seconds after a discon-
nected state is detected. Disconnected states are created by
normal gkrellmd shutdowns or by an expiring io-timeout. Minimum
is 2 (less than 2 for no automatic reconnecting and is the
default). Requires at least 2.1.8 versions of both gkrellmd and
Check the server side mailbox mbox_path and send mail counts to
connected gkrellm clients. Mailbox types may be mbox, Maildir,
and MH mail. Requires at least 2.1.11 versions of both gkrellmd
On the server machine where gkrellmd is installed, copy the sample
gkrellmd.conf file from the server subdirectory of the gkrellm source
tarball to one of the gkrellmd.conf locations listed in the FILES sec-
tion and edit it to set your preferences or to enable plugins. Proba-
bly don’t set the detached option until you are happy with the configu-
ration. Run: gkrellmd
On a client machine, run: gkrellm -s server-machine-name
Configure the client gkrellm in its graphical configuration window as
you wish, and that’s all there is to it. Of course, if you don’t use
the default gkrellmd port number you will have to supply an appropriate
port argument to the client gkrellm.
Available plugins will be installed in the plugins-gkrellmd directory
locations listed in the FILES section. You may test enable any of
these plugins with the -pe option, but for permanent enabling you
should add a plugin-enable line to any gkrellmd.conf file listed in the
FILES section. Run gkrellmd -plist to see a list of all installed plu-
gins and run gkrellmd -plog to see a log of the plugin install process.
System server config which is read first. The config file may
contain lines similar to the command line args. For example:
With the exception of --allow-host, command line args will over-
ride options in gkrellmd.conf files.
Local server config file which is read second.
User server config file which is read last.
User server plugin directory.
System wide server plugin directory.
Local server plugin directory.
Bill Wilson <firstname.lastname@example.org>. http://www.gkrellm.net/
GNU/Linux June 7, 2003 gkrellmd(1)
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