The SysDB documentation consists of manpages covering each tool and all plugins shipped with the core distribution, the SysDB query language and some generic overview documents. All manual pages are written using the AsciiDoc document format and shipped as part of the core distribution.
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The top-level manpages provide an overview of how SysDB works and how to use the server and client tools.
- sysdb(7): SysDB overview
- sysdb(1): interactive client tool
- sysdbd(1): data collection and database server
- sysdbd.conf(5): sysdbd configuration
- sysdbql(7): SysDB query language (SysQL)
Backend plugins are the working horses of SysDB and responsible for collecting the information stored in the database. They provide means to connect to the backend systems, query relevant information, and submit them to the central store. Plugins may be loaded dynamically into the SysDB daemon.
The central part of SysDB's database is the object store which stores all objects (hosts, services) known to SysDB. The implementation is provided by a "store" plugin and may be backed by arbitrary data-stores. At least one store plugin has to be loaded to let the daemon do its work.
Time-series Fetcher Manpages
Time-series fetcher plugins provide generic means to retrieve time-series data from a backend's data-store. All plugins providing metrics information may also provide the necessary details about how to access the respective data-store. This may require additional configuration for the backend plugins. See their respective documentation for details.
Other plugins may enhance the daemon in various ways, for example, by providing hostname canonicalization functionality.
Language bindings allow you to interact with SysDB using other programming languages.