PALM v3 - bundle of Php Apache Linux Memcached APC Cacti scripts

Finally i had some time to gather all the files together and make third release of my cacti monitoring scripts and graph templates.

Monitoring of application and server health is an important task, while trying to maintain high availability. Without monitoring you dont know what goes wrong and you do not know when exactly does it happen. Some time ago i realized that the graphs i used to use were not perfect. I searched the web, read a bit of documentation and decided to put together a set of simple scripts gathering key server performance metrics.

This bundle includes gathering scripts and graph templates for Memcached, APC, Apache2, Linux file system, Linux memeory, CPU and Network. It should cover all the most important aspects for a typical web server. Graphs are designed to match my expectations and to make analysis easier.

I still dont have postgres, sphinx nor mysql stats included but .... who knows .... maybe in version 4! :- )

New version has a few new metrics as well as some bugfixes. I also added better support for non pure Debian systems

To get the cacti graphs and scripts running you will need the following:

  • Cacti (tested on 87e) to import template and draw graphs.
  • LAMP stack with APC op code cache and Memcache - you do not need all if you are not planning to monitor them
  • Root access to setup one file, if you want to monitor Memcached file descriptors count
  • Latest Memcached version (tested on 1.4.4) to have evictions graph working

Monitoring scripts - Generic Installation Steps

  • PHP needs to be allowed to call shell_exec()
  • writable /tmp folder
  • ls command copied to the same folder the scripts are in. Then ls executable needs to be setuid root as it will count files in proc folder. Stats will work without that command but opened file descriptors count will not work. Just cp /usr/bin/ls /statsfolder and chmod it to setuid and owner root (you dont have to use attached ls binary). It cant be a symlink nor bash script as setuid wont work.
  • Installed and activated mod_ststus in apache2
  • Sample apache2 config
    <VirtualHost *:80>
      # to allow access to the apache stats
      ServerAlias localhost
      DocumentRoot /var/www/statsfolder
      RewriteEngine On
      <Directory "/var/www/statsfolder">
            Order allow,deny
            Allow from all
            AllowOverride All
            Options +FollowSymLinks
    <IfModule mod_status.c>
        ExtendedStatus On
        <Location /server-status>
            SetHandler server-status
            Order allow,deny
            Allow from all
            #Allow from

Monitoring scripts - Additional Debian/Ubuntu specific tips

  • Execute
    apt-get install sysstat
  • access to commands: pidof, iostat, vmstat, free, top, cat, uptime, apache2ctl (/usr/sbin/apache2ctl)
  • verified on Ubuntu 2009-10 and Debian Etch

Monitoring scripts - CentOs 5.4 and other systems might need additional steps

  • Execute:
    yum -y install httpd php mysql mysql-server php-mysql gcc automake autoconf php-pecl-memcache php-devel libevent
    yum install sysstat
  • Install apc without apxs like this: pecl install apc
  • Add some apache config
    NameVirtualHost *:80
    <VirtualHost *:80>
        DocumentRoot /var/www/stats
        ServerName stats.centos.local
        ErrorLog logs/error_log
        CustomLog logs/access_log common
  • Enable APC cache
    extension =
    apc.enabled = 1
    apc.enable_cli = 1
  • If you are on VM or fresh setup you might need to flush firewall iptables -F
  • If you have SeLinux you might have to recreate security attributes
    restorecon /usr/lib/php/modules/
  • If still does not want to load module just disable the SeLinux by
  • Install Memcache
    yum install libevent-devel
    gzip -d memcached-1.4.4.tar.gz
    tar -xvf memcached-1.4.4.tar
    cd memcached-1.4.4
    # to run memcache on console with debug
    ./memcached -u root -vv
  • Copy /bin/ls to folder with stats scripts and set owner root + setuid

Installation validation

At this stage you should have all statistics scripts working via browser. You can see them in the browser typing http://some_fake_domain_to_vmware/stats_memcache.php etc.

You might need to create some fake load and traffic to see the stats results changing

Bundle also has latest view_memcache.php and view_apc.php scripts. These are slightly modified APC and Memcache scripts i got from net.

Graphs gallery


Finally ! You can download PALM version 3 - cacti host template and all necessary monitoring scripts

Hope you enjoy it! Please let me know if you find any errors or fixes. also Let me know if there are things that could be improved, im really interested in your opinion! Im not cacti expert in any sense .... just trying to use it :- )


Yes that is the point. You

Yes that is the point. You install cacti once. You setup host templates like PALM and then configure remote gathering of statistics.

There are many ways of doing it. Some people run remote ssh commands to get statistics others prefer web server approach. PALM requires a web server available on the monitored node. It may not be perfect if you want to monitor memcached instances that dont have apache running but in my case i always had minimal apache running on all servers for different sorts of web-management applications etc. Is it phpmemcachedadmin or whatever.

Read up and play with Cacti a bit. It is awesome! :-)

2011-11-12 04:17

Is it possible to monitor a

Is it possible to monitor a remote host this way (meaning cacti is installed on a server monitoring remote nodes)?

Maybee I'm missing something...

2011-11-10 07:31
Danijel Krmar

well i am not using varnish

well i am not using varnish right now but there are some good templates for nginx and varnish on better templates project.

happy you liked it


2011-11-09 04:56

This is great! I might add to

This is great!

I might add to the template with some Varnish stats. Unless you have done this too??

2011-11-05 05:44

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