Monthly Archives: October 2013

I found Munin much more useful than Nagios for monitoring a single server. This guide will show you how to set up a single Munin instance that generates pretty graphs with cron and is accessible via Munin’s web interface.

Get Munin’s dependencies

You will need EPEL, a webserver (I’ll use Apache here) and some Munin packages.

EPEL Repo:

Get the latest EPEL repo from here and install. example:

# rpm -i

Munin Packages:

# yum install munin munin-node httpd

Start Munin Service and Enable on boot

# service munin-node start
# service httpd start
# chkconfig munin-node on
# chkconfig httpd on

Configure Web Interface

Setup a user and password to access the web interface.

# htpasswd /etc/munin/munin-htpasswd <INSERT A USER NAME HERE>

Navigate to web interface: http://<server ip>/munin

If you don’t see the UI below, but instead see a directory listing, give Munin a few minutes to generate data. By default it will generate graphs every 5 minutes. I usually edit /etc/cron.d/munin such that graphs are generated every hour as I use it more for historical purposes and if I need immediate insight I just use htop.


Some example graphs:



Talks I attended at LinuxCon this year.

Day 1 – Monday, September 16

  • DistCI, Continuos Integration at Scale – Heikki Nousianen, F-Secure
  • LXC, Docker, and the Future of Software Delivery – Jerome Petazzoni, dotCloud
  • A Practical Tutorial to Open Sourcing Proprietary Technology – Guy Martin, Samsung
  • Case Study: Doing a LIve Upgrade on Many Thousands of Servers at Google from an Ancient Redhat Distribution to a Recent Debian-Based One – Marc Merline, Google


Day 2 – Tuesday, September 17

  • Running MySQL Clusters in the cloud – Max Mether, MySQL AB
  • The Enlightened Toolkit: Development Tips and Tricks to Get You Going – Mike Blumenkrantz, Samsung
  • Build Your Own PaaS, Just Like Red Hat’s OpenShift – Diane Mueller, Red Hat
  • (Tutorial) High Availability Solutions for MySQL and MariaDB – Max Mether, MySQL AB


Day 3 – Wednesday, September 18

  • (Tutorial) Cross-Compiling Linux Kernels on x86_64: A Tutorial on How to Get Started – Shuah Khan, Samsung
  • How Platform-as-a-Service Benefits More than Developers – Gordon Haff, Red Hat
  • (Tutorial) Getting Started With OpenStack – Kenneth Hui, Rackspace