So a couple of months ago I wrote this post about how to setup InfluxDB and Grafana to show UPS stats.
And in that post I used the telegraf database that was already present. I used that database out of convenience rather anything else. A week ago I was inspecting my files with diskover and to my surprise I saw that the InfluxDB appdata folder was by far the largest one out of all my containers!
I don't care what the temperature of CPU Core 17 was May 4th last year..
Now I immediately thought it was all the UPS data I was feeding the database but when giving it some more thought I realised that it couldn’t be the UPS data. That script only polls the apcupsd every minute, so it couldn’t possibly be the offender.
Then I remembered all the other data that the telegraf container pushes..
For me that data is useless and I won’t use it for anything than “in the moment” inspecting.
I don’t care what the temperature of CPU Core 17 was May 4th last year..
I do care about my UPS stats though, and at the rate the telegraf database is growing it will be a pain backing it all up.
So that’s why I’ve decided to migrate the data to a new database in a completely different InfluxDB container!
On the screenshot to the right you can see the “File Tree” view in diskover. Pretty obvious which folder is the largest.
Copying the appdata
Stop the InfluxDB container
Copy the appdata to a new folder in your Docker appdata location e.g
[email protected]:/mnt/cache/Docker# cp -R -v influxdb/ /mnt/cache/Docker/influxdbups
Add the new InfluxdbUPS container and set the appdata location to the folder you created
Remember to use different ports!
Exec into the container with
docker exec -it InfluxdbUPS bashRun the command
influxRun the command
CREATE DATABASE UPSRun the command
Run the command
SELECT * INTO UPS..APC FROM telegraf..APC group by *
Run the command
DROP DATABASE telegraf
Exit the container with
Note: APC is from the curl command in the script I used in the UPS guide
If you called the table something else you need to change it to that.
[email protected]:~# docker exec -it InfluxdbUPS bash [email protected]:/# influx Connected to http://localhost:8086 version 1.5.4 InfluxDB shell version: 1.5.4 > show databases name: databases name ---- _internal telegraf > CREATE DATABASE UPS > use telegraf Using database telegraf > SELECT * INTO UPS..APC FROM telegraf..APC group by * name: result time written ---- ------- 0 377424 > DROP DATABASE telegraf > exit #
After removing the telegraf data my InfluxdbUPS appdata folder, the size went from 15GB to 57MB!
[email protected]:/mnt/cache/Docker/influxdbups# du -sh 15G . [email protected]:/mnt/cache/Docker/influxdbups# du -sh 57M .
Go to user scripts settings and copy the old script
Edit the script to send data to the new influxdbUPS container and remember to change the database to UPS or the name you chose for it.
Add the custom schedule
* * * * * and click apply
Then click on run script in background.
Add a new data source and call it Influx UPS
Add your URL to the new container and set the database to UPS
Go to your UPS dashboard and edit a panel.
Change data source to confirm that the new script is working.
If you see that the old data is still there and that it gets updated with new data it works!
Now you can change the data source on all the different panels.
Note: I will for the time being still be running the old script just in case something is messed up.