[CentOS] Monitoring a remote server with Conky ?

Tait Clarridge tait at clarridge.ca
Mon Oct 19 15:26:23 UTC 2009


On Mon, 2009-10-19 at 08:59 +0200, Niki Kovacs wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> I've been using Conky for some time, a nifty utility to monitor just 
> about anything on the PC. Vital things like CPU, RAM, swap, disks, 
> current song playing in MPD :o)
> 
> Here's what it looks like :
> 
> http://www.microlinux.fr/images/bureau_conky.png
> 
> And with more detail :
> 
> http://www.microlinux.fr/images/conky_zoom.png
> 
> Now I wonder... I'd really like to use that to monitor my remote server. 
> I know this feature isn't officially supported by Conky, but I'm right 
> now thinking about a workaround. Something like: OK, my server is 
> 'headless' (e. g.: no graphical server, nothing), but why not install 
> just xorg-x11-server-Xorg, then use Conky and forward it to my local 
> display with SSH -X ? I'm pondering this question, thinking about the 
> possible issues...
> 
> ... so maybe one of you guys here has come up with some solution ?
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Niki

Hi Niki,

You could try a local script that gets values from a server that you
would like to monitor... I might suggest looking into setting up snmpd
on the server and using snmp walk to probe specific values (that relate
to processes/free memory).

What exactly would you be looking to monitor on the remote server?

Tait
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