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Host process list 🔗

The Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector uses the Smart Agent receiver with the processlist monitor type to report the running processes for a host, similar to the output of the top or ps commands on *nix systems. The output format is a special base64-encoded event that appears under the Infrastructure view for a specific host. Historical process information is not retained on Splunk Observability Cloud.

This integration is available on Linux and Windows.

Benefits 🔗

After you configure the integration, you can access these features:

  • View metrics. You can create your own custom dashboards, and most monitors provide built-in dashboards as well. For information about dashboards, see View dashboards in Observability Cloud.

  • View a data-driven visualization of the physical servers, virtual machines, AWS instances, and other resources in your environment that are visible to Infrastructure Monitoring. For information about navigators, see Splunk Infrastructure Monitoring navigators.

  • Access the Metric Finder and search for metrics sent by the monitor. For information, see Use the Metric Finder.

Installation 🔗

Follow these steps to deploy this integration:

  1. Deploy the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector to your host or container platform:

  2. Configure the monitor, as described in the Configuration section.

  3. Restart the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector.

Configuration 🔗

To use this integration of a Smart Agent monitor with the Collector:

  1. Include the Smart Agent receiver in your configuration file.

  2. Add the monitor type to the Collector configuration, both in the receiver and pipelines sections.

Example 🔗

To activate this integration, add the following to your Collector configuration:

    type: processlist
    ...  # Additional config

Next, add the monitor to the service > pipelines > metrics > receivers section of your configuration file. For example, to configure the logs pipeline using the required signalfx exporter:

      receivers: [signalfx, smartagent/processlist]
      exporters: [signalfx]
      processors: [memory_limiter, batch, resourcedetection]

Metrics 🔗

The Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector does not do any built-in filtering of metrics for this monitor.

Troubleshooting 🔗

If you are not able to see your data in Splunk Observability Cloud, try these tips:

To learn about even more support options, see Splunk Customer Success.