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released Oct 19th 2015
This module has been deprecated by its author since Oct 28th 2019.

The reason given was: No longer maintained

The author has suggested puppet-collectd as its replacement.

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example42/collectd — version 3.0.8 Oct 19th 2015



This module is no more actively maintained and will hardly be updated.

Please find an alternative module from other authors or consider Tiny Puppet as replacement.

If you want to maintain this module, contact Alessandro Franceschi

####Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Module Description
  3. Setup
  4. Usage
  5. Operating Systems Support
  6. Development


This module installs, manages and configures collectd.

##Module Description

The module is based on stdmod naming standards version 0.9.0.

Refer to for complete documentation on the common parameters.


###Resources managed by collectd module

  • This module installs the collectd package
  • Enables the collectd service
  • Can manage all the configuration files (by default no file is changed)
  • Can install and configure collectd plugins

###Setup Requirements

###Beginning with module collectd

To install the package provided by the module just include it:

    include collectd

The main class arguments can be provided either via Hiera (from Puppet 3.x) or direct parameters:

    class { 'collectd':
      parameter => value,

The module provides also a generic define to manage any collectd configuration file:

    collectd::conf { 'sample.conf':
      content => '# Test',

You can place the configurations of a plugin either in the main config file or in a file managed with the generic define collect::conf or with the dedicated define collectd::plugin (which can also install the relevant package):

    collectd::plugin { 'mysql':
      config_file_template     => 'site/collectd/plugin/mysql.erb',
      config_file_options_hash => {
        host     => 'localhost',
        user     => 'wordpress',
        password => 'secret',
        database => 'wordpress',
      package_install          => true,  # Default: false

A custom plugin template is available as well:

      collectd::plugin { 'rrdtool':
        config_file_options_hash => {
          'DataDir'         => '"/var/lib/collectd/"',
          'RRARows'         => '1337',
          'RRATimespan'     => [ '10',
                                 '1000' ],
          'XFF'             => '0.25',

This results in:


  • A common way to use this module involves the management of the main configuration file via a custom template (provided in a custom site module):

      class { 'collectd':
        config_file_template => 'site/collectd/collectd.conf.erb',
  • You can write custom templates that use setting provided but the config_file_options_hash paramenter

      class { 'collectd':
        config_file_template      => 'site/collectd/collectd.conf.erb',
        config_file_options_hash  => {
          opt  => 'value',
          opt2 => 'value2',
  • Use custom source (here an array) for main configuration file. Note that template and source arguments are alternative.

      class { 'collectd':
        config_file_source => [ "puppet:///modules/site/collectd/collectd.conf-${hostname}" ,
                                "puppet:///modules/site/collectd/collectd.conf" ],
  • You can provide a custom template (or content or source) also for the init configuration script for which eventually use a dedicated config hash with init_config_file_options_hash paramenter

      class { 'collectd':
        init_config_file_template      => 'site/collectd/collectd.init.erb',
        init_config_file_options_hash  => {
          opt  => 'value',
          opt2 => 'value2',
  • Use custom source directory for the whole configuration directory, where present.

      class { 'collectd':
        config_dir_source  => 'puppet:///modules/site/collectd/conf/',
  • Use custom source directory for the whole config.d directory (on RedHat family config_dir_path == confd_dir_path).

      class { 'collectd':
        confd_dir_source  => 'puppet:///modules/site/collectd/collectd.d',
  • Use custom source directory for the whole configuration directory and purge all the local files that are not on the dir. Note: This option can be used to be sure that the content of a directory is exactly the same you expect, but it is desctructive and may remove files.

      class { 'collectd':
        config_dir_source => 'puppet:///modules/site/collectd/conf/',
        config_dir_purge  => true, # Default: false.
  • Use custom source directory for the whole configuration dir and define recursing policy.

      class { 'collectd':
        config_dir_source    => 'puppet:///modules/site/collectd/conf/',
        config_dir_recursion => false, # Default: true.
  • Do not trigger a service restart when a config file changes.

      class { 'collectd':
        config_dir_notify => '', # Default: Service[collectd]

##Operating Systems Support

This is tested on these OS:

  • RedHat osfamily 5 and 6
  • Debian 6 and 7
  • Ubuntu 10.04 and 12.04


Pull requests (PR) and bug reports via GitHub are welcomed.

When submitting PR please follow these quidelines:

  • Provide puppet-lint compliant code
  • If possible provide rspec tests
  • Follow the module style and stdmod naming standards

When submitting bug report please include or link:

  • The Puppet code that triggers the error
  • The output of facter on the system where you try it
  • All the relevant error logs
  • Any other information useful to undestand the context