System and Services metrics


Software Factory provides systems metrics and service metrics for Nodepool and Zuul. The following diagram describes components used to provide metrics.


When you activate metrics on your deployment, 3 services will be deployed:

  • Telegraf: a plugin-driven server agent for collecting and reporting metrics.. Metrics are collected on all nodes defined in the architecture file (/etc/software-factory/arch.yaml). An input plugin is configured to get statsd metrics from Zuul and Nodepool services.
  • Influxdb: a time series database for storing metrics.
  • Grafana: a platform for analytics and monitoring.


These components are not deployed by default but can be activated by adding them in /etc/software-factory/arch.yaml.

You can deploy Grafana and Influxdb on different hosts if needed. Telegraf will be automatically deployed on all nodes defined in the arch.yaml file.

   - name: managesf
       - influxdb
       - grafana

Then run sfconfig to deploy all components.

During the deployment, a database named telegraf will be created, configured to allow telegraf user to send data.

Influxdb database

Admin user can use Influx client to connect to Influxdb, only root user can get the password in secrets.yaml:

telegraf_passwd=$(awk '/telegraf_influxdb_password/ {print $2}' /var/lib/software-factory/bootstrap-data/secrets.yaml)
influx -ssl -host $influxdb_host -username telegraf -password $telegraf_passwd -database telegraf
Connected to https://$influxdb_host:8086 version 1.8.6
InfluxDB shell version: 1.8.6


If you do not have crt fiel, add -unsafeSsl option to influx command.

For more information about influx command go to the official cli documentation

Explore Telegraf database

  • list available databases.
> show databases
name: databases
  • connect to a database
> use telegraf
Using database telegraf


To connect directly to a database using influx cli add -database <database name> option.

  • list measurements and series
> show measurements limit 5
name: measurements
  • Query data

Influx queries are similar to sql syntax, called InfluxQL, it’s fully explained on the official InfluxQL documentation.

> select * from "zuul.all_jobs"
name: zuul.all_jobs
time                value
----                -----
1645615050000000000 1

> select * from "zuul.tenant.local.pipeline.check.total_changes" limit 1
name: zuul.tenant.local.pipeline.check.total_changes
time                host                 metric_type value
----                ----                 ----------- -----
1518019090000000000 counter     1

Dashboards access

At Software Factory main page, there is the Grafana icon, click on it to access Grafana’s dashboard:


By default, all dashboards are read only. Only the admin user can add or modify a dashboard.

Allow users to manage dashboards

To allow user to manage dashboards, the admin needs to change the user role in the user role panel (screenshot). Set the role to Editor to allow user to manage dashboards.


Default dashboards

Software Factory comes with default dashboards for system, Zuul and Nodepool providers. These dashboards are automatically generated and can’t be modified by admin or users. You can use the metrics directory within the config repository to add user’s defined dashboards. These dashboards are generated from yaml files using grafyaml. You can find some documentation to add custom dashboards on the user documentation.