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Host process list 🔗

Description 🔗

The Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector provides this integration as the processlist monitor type by using the SignalFx Smart Agent Receiver.

This monitor reports 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 monitor is available on Linux and Windows.

Benefits 🔗

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

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 🔗

This monitor type is available in the Smart Agent Receiver, which is part of the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector. You can use existing Smart Agent monitors as OpenTelemetry Collector metric receivers with the Smart Agent Receiver.

This monitor type requires a properly configured environment on your system in which you’ve installed a functional Smart Agent release bundle. The Collector provides this bundle in the installation paths for x86_64/amd64.

To activate this monitor type in the Collector, add the following lines to your configuration (YAML) file:

Note

Provide a processlist monitor entry in your Smart Agent or Collector configuration. Use the appropriate form for your agent type.

Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector 🔗

To activate this monitor in the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector, add the following to the receivers section of your agent configuration:

receivers:
  smartagent/processlist:
    type: processlist
    ...  # Additional config

To complete the monitor activation, you must also include the smartagent/processlist receiver item in a logs pipeline. To do this, add the receiver item to the service > pipelines > logs > receivers section of your configuration file.

The following example shows how to configure the logs pipeline using the required signalfx exporter:

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

Smart Agent 🔗

To activate this monitor in the Smart Agent, add the following to your agent configuration:

monitors:  # All monitor config goes under this key
  - type: processlist
    ...  # Additional config

See Install and configure the SignalFx Smart Agent for an autogenerated example of a YAML configuration file, with default values where applicable.

Metrics 🔗

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

Get help 🔗

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

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