I’ve released version 1.1.6 of the Better Cacti Templates project. This release includes a bunch of bug fixes (but not all of them!) and two new sets of graphs. One set is for disk I/O on GNU/Linux, and the other is a new set of templates for OpenVZ. I’m looking for feedback on both of those. This release also has a bunch of code-level features: much better test coverage (hooray!), and a refactored ss_get_by_ssh.php that makes it much easier to create new graphs and templates. The SSH-based templates also take advantage of the same caching as the MySQL templates, which makes them a lot more efficient.

VividCortex is the startup I founded in 2012. It’s the easiest way to monitor what your servers are doing in production and I consider it far superior to Cacti. VividCortex offers MySQL performance monitoring and PostgreSQL performance management among many other features.

There are upgrade instructions on the project wiki for this and all releases. There is also a comprehensive tutorial on how to create your own graphs and templates with this project. Use the project issue tracker to view and report issues, and use the project mailing list to discuss the templates and scripts.

The full changelog follows.

2010-01-10: version 1.1.6

* Added OpenVZ graphs (--type openvz) (issue 95).
* Added IO usage graphs (--type diskstats) (issue 97).
* Added extra error-reporting (issue 110).
* The $debug$debug_log options couldn't be set in the .cnf file (issue 110).
* Added a --use-ssh option to ss_get_by_ssh.php (issue 66).
* Added a debugging log to ss_get_by_ssh.php (issue 54).
* Enabled caching of results in ss_get_by_ssh.php (issue 46).
* Added a test suite for ss_get_by_ssh.php (issue 110).
* The 'free' stats suffered from PHP's issues with big numbers (issue 102).
* There was ambiguity (but no error) in SHOW STATUS overrides (issue 106).
* It was hard to debug failures caused by missing ext/mysql (issue 105).
* Code to make ss_get_mysql_stats.php testable was broken (issue 108).