Galaxy Monitoring


question Questions
  • How to monitor a Galaxy service with the Reports?
objectives Objectives
  • Setup and start the Galaxy reports app.

time Time estimation: 30 minutes


Monitoring is an incredibly important part of server monitoring and maintenance. Being able to observe trends and identify hot spots by collecting metrics gives you a significan ability to respond to any issues that arise in production. Monitoring is quite easy to get started with, it can be as simple as writing a quick shell script in order to start collecting metrics.


  1. Telegraf


We use Telegraf for monitoring as it is incredibly easy to get started with.

hands_on Hands-on: Dependencies

  1. Edit your requirements.yml and add the following:

    - dj-wasabi.telegraf
  2. ansible-galaxy install -p roles -r requirements.yml

  3. Add an entry to your playbook under roles:

    - dj-wasabi.telegraf

This role has many convenient variables for us to set. We’ll do that now:

hands_on Hands-on: Telegraf Configuration

  1. Open your group variables file, and add the following variables:

    telegraf_agent_version: 1.9.3
      - type: influxdb
        - urls = ["YOUR-INFLUX-URL"]
        - database = "telegraf"
      - plugin: cpu
      - plugin: disk
      - plugin: kernel
      - plugin: processes
      - plugin: io
      - plugin: mem
      - plugin: system
      - plugin: swap
      - plugin: net
      - plugin: netstat
        plugin: "statsd"
          - service_address = ":8125"
          - metric_separator = "."
          - allowed_pending_messages = 10000
  2. Replace the YOUR-INFLUX-URL placeholder with your influx service url.

    This configures telegraf to output to the configured influxdb server in the telegraf database. A number of plugins are enabled as defaults, this is useful if you have telegraf configured for multiple machines; you can have a base configuration that applies to all machines (perhaps in group_vars/all.yml), and then extra configuration that is per-machine.

    We have configured the statsd plugin for telegraf, as we will use it to receive Galaxy timing data.

  3. We need to enable Galaxy to send data to Telegraf:

    In your group variables file, edit the Galaxy configuration in galaxy_config > galaxy and add statsd_host: localhost and statsd_influxdb: true. It should look like:

        statsd_host: localhost
        statsd_influxdb: true
  4. Run the playbook

The stats should show up in Grafana now, allowing you to see node detail information and route timings. If you need dashboards, you can copy the EU dashboards

keypoints Key points

  • Galaxy supports pluggable monitoring extensions.
  • The Reports webapp is one option to monitor your system.

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