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Monitorix is an open source, lightweight system monitoring tool designed to monitor as many services and system resources as possible. It has been created to be used under production UNIX/Linux servers, but due to its simplicity and small size many use it on embedded devices as well.
Installation of Monitorix
Visit the AUR and grab the tarball for the AUR package and build/install it.
Configuration of Monitorix
Before starting the monitorix daemon, be sure to adjust the
/etc/monitorix.conf to your liking. For a complete list of options and features, see the [official website] or the included man page for monitor.conf.
$ man monitorix.conf
Most if not all of the user settings are self explanatory based on the commented text within the conf file itself.
Start Monitorix with the included service file like any other systemd servier
Viewing Monitorix Data
To view system stats, make sure a webserver is running (see the next section) and browse to [http://localhost/monitorix] to see the data.
Configure a Webserver
Monitorix has minimal requirements for webservering the data. Arch has several options in the main repos for web serving, two of which are listed below. Lighttpd is recommended since its system resource footprint is minimal compared to apache (0.94 MB vs. 6.52 MB). Alternatively, Apache will work, but it is overkill!
# pacman -S lighttpd
By default, cgi support is not enabled in lighttpd. To enable it and to assign perl to process .cgi files, add the following two lines to
server.modules = ( "mod_cgi" ) cgi.assign = ( ".cgi" => "/usr/bin/perl" )
# pacman -S apache
Make sure the hostname appears in
/etc/hosts and in
/etc/rc.conf or apache will not operate.
Using tmpfs to Store RRD Databases
Have a look at the following package which provides a script that will make use of tmpfs to store your RRD Databases for Monitorix. Doing so will greatly reduce hdd reads/writes.