Section: rrdtool (1)
rrdcgi - Create web pages containing RRD graphs based on templates
is a sort of very limited script interpreter. Its purpose
is to run as a cgi-program and parse a web page template containing special
will interpret and act according to these tags.
In the end it will printout a web page including the necessary CGI
rrdcgi parses the contents of the template in 3 steps. In each step it looks
only for a subset of tags. This allows nesting of tags.
The argument parser uses the same semantics as you are used from your C-shell.
Assume that rrdcgi is run as a filter and not as a cgi.
- RRD::CV name
Inserts the CGI variable of the given name.
- RRD::CV::QUOTE name
Inserts the CGI variable of the given name but quotes it, ready for
use as an argument in another RRD:: tag. So even when there are spaces in the
value of the CGI variable it will still be considered to be one argument.
- RRD::CV::PATH name
Inserts the CGI variable of the given name, quotes it and makes sure
it starts neither with a '/' nor contains '..'. This is to make
sure that no problematic pathnames can be introduced through the
- RRD::GETENV variable
Get the value of an environment variable.
might give you the name of the remote user given you are using
some sort of access control on the directory.
- RRD::GOODFOR seconds
Specify the number of seconds this page should remain valid. This will prompt
the rrdcgi to output a Last-Modified, an Expire and if the number of
seconds is negative a Refresh header.
- RRD::INCLUDE filename
Include the contents of the specified file into the page returned from the cgi.
- RRD::SETENV variable value
If you want to present your graphs in another time zone than your own, you
<RRD::SETENV TZ UTC>
to make sure everything is presented in Universal Time. Note that the
values permitted to TZ depend on your OS.
- RRD::SETVAR variable value
Analog to SETENV but for local variables.
- RRD::GETVAR variable
Analog to GETENV but for local variables.
- RRD::TIME::LAST rrd-file strftime-format
This gets replaced by the last modification time of the selected RRD. The
time is strftime-formatted with the string specified in the second argument.
- RRD::TIME::NOW strftime-format
This gets replaced by the current time of day. The time is
strftime-formatted with the string specified in the argument.
Note that if you return : (colons) from your strftime format you may
have to escape them using \ if the time is to be used as an argument
to a GRAPH command.
- RRD::TIME::STRFTIME START|END start-spec end-spec strftime-format
This gets replaced by a strftime-formatted time using the format
strftime-format on either start-spec or end-spec depending on
whether START or END is specified. Both start-spec and end-spec
must be supplied as either could be relative to the other. This is intended
to allow pretty titles on graphs with times that are easier for non RRDtool
folks to figure out than ``-2weeks''.
Note that again, if you return : (colon) from your strftime format,
you may have to escape them using \ if the time is to be used as an
argument to a GRAPH command.
- RRD::GRAPH rrdgraph arguments
This tag creates the RRD graph defined by its argument and then is
replaced by an appropriate <IMG ... > tag referring to the graph.
The --lazy option in RRD graph can be used to make sure that graphs
are only regenerated when they are out of date. The arguments
to the RRD::GRAPH tag work as described in the rrdgraph manual page.
Use the --lazy option in your RRD::GRAPH tags, to reduce the load
on your server. This option makes sure that graphs are only regenerated when
the old ones are out of date.
If you do not specify your own --imginfo format, the following will
<IMG SRC="%s" WIDTH="%lu" HEIGHT="%lu">
Note that %s stands for the filename part of the graph generated, all
directories given in the PNG file argument will get dropped.
- RRD::PRINT number
If the preceding RRD::GRAPH tag contained any PRINT arguments,
then you can access their output with this tag. The number argument refers to the
number of the PRINT argument. The first PRINT has number 0.
- RRD::INTERNAL <var>
This tag gets replaced by an internal var. Currently these vars are known:
These vars represent the compiled-in values.
The example below creates a web page with a single RRD
<H1>RRDCGI Example Page</H1>
<RRD::GRAPH demo.png --lazy --title="Temperatures"
This script is slightly more elaborate, it allows you to run it from
a form which sets RRD_NAME. RRD_NAME
is then used to select which RRD
you want to use as source for your graph.
<H1>RRDCGI Example Page for <RRD::CV RRD_NAME></H1>
<FORM><INPUT NAME=RRD_NAME TYPE=RADIO VALUE=roomA> Room A,
<INPUT NAME=RRD_NAME TYPE=RADIO VALUE=roomB> Room B.
<RRD::GRAPH <RRD::CV::PATH RRD_NAME>.png --lazy
--title "Temperatures for "<RRD::CV::QUOTE RRD_NAME>
This example shows how to handle the case where the RRD,
cgi-bins are separate directories
<H1>RRDCGI test Page</H1>
--imginfo '<IMG SRC=/.../pngs/%s WIDTH=%lu HEIGHT=%lu >'
--lazy --start -1d --end now
Note 1: Replace /.../ with the relevant directories
Note 2: The SRC=/.../pngs should be paths from the view of the
Tobias Oetiker <firstname.lastname@example.org