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# Plugin to monitor the number of interrupts and context switches on a system.
# Idea and base from Ragnar Wisløff.
# Usage: Link or copy into /etc/munin/node.d/
# $Log:,v $
# Revision  2006/06/04 20:53:57  he
# Import the client version of the Munin system monitoring/graphing
# tool -- project homepage is at
# This package has added support for NetBSD, via a number of new plugin
# scripts where specific steps needs to be taken to collect information.
# I also modified the ntp_ plugin script to make it possible to not
# plot the NTP poll delay, leaving just jitter and offset, which IMO
# produces a more telling graph.
# Magic markers (optional - only used by munin-config and some
# installation scripts):
#%# family=auto
#%# capabilities=autoconf

if [ "$1" = "autoconf" ]; then
    if [ -x /usr/bin/vmstat ]; then
	echo yes
	exit 0
	echo no
	exit 0

# If run with the "config"-parameter, give out information on how the
# graphs should look.

if [ "$1" = "config" ]; then
    # The title of the graph
    echo 'graph_title Interrupts & context switches'

    # Arguments to "rrdtool graph". In this case, tell it that the
    # lower limit of the graph is '0', and that 1k=1000 (not 1024)
    echo 'graph_args --base 1000 -l 0'
    # The Y-axis label
    echo 'graph_vlabel interrupts & ctx switches / ${graph_period}'
    # Graph category
    echo 'graph_category system'
    # Graph information
    echo 'graph_info This graph shows the number of interrupts and context switches on the system. These are typically high on a busy system.'

    echo ' Device interrupts come from hardware (exceptions, NMI, IRQ)'
    echo ' Software interrupts are typically deferred processing from hardware interrupts'

    echo ' A context switch occurs when a multitasking operatings system suspends the currently running process, and starts executing another.'

    # The fields. "label" is used in the legend. "label" is the only
    # required subfield.
    echo 'devint.label device interrupts'
    echo 'softint.label software interrupts'
    echo 'ctx.label context switches'

    # Specify type
    echo 'devint.type DERIVE'
    echo 'softint.type DERIVE'
    echo 'ctx.type DERIVE'

    # Set max (should always be done with counters) Note: this is max
    # per second.
    echo 'devint.max 100000'
    echo 'softint.max 100000'
    echo 'ctx.max 100000'

    echo 'devint.min 0'
    echo 'softint.min 0'
    echo 'ctx.min 0'

    # Last, if run with the "config"-parameter, quit here (don't
    # display any data)
    exit 0

# The real work

vmstat -s | awk '
/device interrupts$/ { print "devint.value " $1; }
/context switches$/  { print "ctx.value " $1; }
/software interrupts$/ { print "softint.value " $1; }