Poller Definition


The Poller object is a way to the Arbiter daemons to talk with a scheduler and give it hosts to manage. They are in charge of launching plugins as requested by schedulers. When the check is finished they return the result to the schedulers. There can be many pollers.

The Poller definition is optionnal. If no poller is defined, Shinken will “create” one for the user. There will be no high availability for it (no spare), and will use the default port in the server where the deamon is launched.

Definition Format

Variables in red are required, while those in black are optional. However, you need to supply at least one optional variable in each definition for it to be of much use.

define poller{  
poller_name poller_name
address dns name of ip address
port port
spare //[0/1]//
realm realm name
manage_sub_realms [0,1]
poller_tags poller_tags
modules modules

Example Definition:

define poller{
    poller_name          Europe-poller
    address              node1.mydomain
    port                 7771
    spare                0

    # Optional parameters
    manage_sub_realms    0
    poller_tags          DMZ, Another-DMZ
    modules              module1,module2
    realm                Europe
    min_workers          0    ; Starts with N processes (0 = 1 per CPU)
    max_workers          0    ; No more than N processes (0 = 1 per CPU)
    processes_by_worker  256  ; Each worker manages N checks
    polling_interval     1    ; Get jobs from schedulers each N seconds

Variable Descriptions

This variable is used to identify the short name of the poller which the data is associated with.
This directive is used to define the address from where the main arbier can reach this poller. This can be a DNS name or a IP address.
This directive is used to define the TCP port used bu the daemon. The default value is 7771.
This variable is used to define if the poller must be managed as a spare one (will take the conf only if a master failed). The default value is 0 (master).
This variable is used to define the realm where the poller will be put. If none is selected, it will be assigned to the default one.
This variable is used to define if the poller will take jobs from scheduler from the sub-realms of it’s realm. The default value is 0.
This variable is used to define the checks the poller can take. If no poller_tags is defined, poller will take all untagued checks. If at least one tag is defined, it will take only the checks that are also taggued like it. By default, there is no poller_tag, so poller can take all untagued checks (default).
This variable is used to define all modules that the scheduler will load.
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