I attempted to use the check_graphite.py plugin but was not successful.
Can anyone point out where I am going wrong?

xxx@xxx-Aspire-5738:/usr/lib/nagios/plugins$ python check_graphite.py -u ( -w 2.25 -c 2.5  
[1] 11103  
[2] 11104  
[3] 11105  
[4] 11106  
Status Unknown: Graphite returned an empty list of values  
-w: command not found  
[1]   Exit 3 ....                 python check_graphite.py -u (   
[2]   Done       .....             height=308  
[3]-  Done            .....        _salt=1349434980.323  
[4]+  Done                 .....  from=-10minutes 

and thus it ends. Any ideas?


from NagAconda import Plugin
import urllib2

def f_avg(values):
  return sum(values)/len(values);

def f_last(values):
  return values[-1]

def f_min(values):
  return min(values)

def f_max(values):
  return max(values)

functionmap = {
  "avg":{  "label": "average", "function": f_avg },
  "last":{ "label": "last",    "function": f_last },
  "min":{  "label": "minimum", "function": f_min },
  "max":{  "label": "maximum", "function": f_max },

graphite = Plugin("Plugin to retrieve data from graphite", "1.0")
graphite.add_option("u", "url", "URL to query for data", required=True)
graphite.add_option("U", "username", "User for authentication")
graphite.add_option("P", "password", "Password for authentication")
graphite.add_option("H", "hostname", "Host name to use in the URL")
graphite.add_option("n", "none", "Ignore None values: 'yes' or 'no' (default no)")
graphite.add_option("f", "function", "Function to run on retrieved values: avg/min/max/last (default 'avg')",


if graphite.options.username and graphite.options.password:
    password_mgr = urllib2.HTTPPasswordMgrWithDefaultRealm()
    auth_handler =urllib2.HTTPBasicAuthHandler(password_mgr)
    opener = urllib2.build_opener(auth_handler)

if graphite.options.hostname:
  graphite.options.url = graphite.options.url.replace('@HOSTNAME@', 

usock = urllib2.urlopen(graphite.options.url)
data = usock.read()

if graphite.options.function not in functionmap:
  graphite.unknown_error("Bad function name given to -f/--function option: '%s'" % graphite.options.function)

pieces = data.split("|")
counter = pieces[0].split(",")[0]
values = pieces[1].split(",")[:-1]

if graphite.options.none == 'yes':
  values = map(lambda x: float(x), filter(lambda x: x != 'None', values))
  values = map(lambda x: 0.0 if x == 'None' else float(x), values)
if len(values) == 0:
  graphite.unknown_error("Graphite returned an empty list of values")
  value = functionmap[graphite.options.function]["function"](values)

graphite.set_value(counter, value)
graphite.set_status_message("%s value of %s: %f" % (functionmap[graphite.options.function]["label"], counter, value))

  • Exo, the script you pasted above appears to be the check plugin available at: github.com/datacratic/check_graphite but you have removed the copyright notice at the top, which is REQUIRED under the terms of the license. Please edit and comply with the law. – Jason Antman Oct 22 '12 at 20:42
  • Just as a test, you may want to download the latest version of the script and try that... – Jason Antman Oct 22 '12 at 20:42

Instead of enclosing your render URL with parentheses, try the following instead.

python check_graphite.py -u "" -w 2.25 -c 2.5
  • I have placed the parenthesis in this post only, i executed the command in terminal without them...sorry forgot to mention that before :( – exo Oct 9 '12 at 6:21
  • You need to add the " or escape some of the characters. – pkhamre Oct 9 '12 at 6:27
  • I got the following error: Traceback (most recent call last): File "check_graphite.py", line 63, in <module> values = map(lambda x: 0.0 if x == 'None' else float(x), values) File "check_graphite.py", line 63, in <lambda> values = map(lambda x: 0.0 if x == 'None' else float(x), values) ValueError: could not convert string to float: ��P�:� – exo Oct 10 '12 at 10:46
  • I have edited the question & pasted the check_graphite.py script i'm using. – exo Oct 11 '12 at 6:11
  • I will take a look. Edited your question to improve the formatting btw. – pkhamre Oct 11 '12 at 6:15

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