Grouping aggregation queries in Gnocchi 4.0.x

Mon 26 February 2018 by Lars Kellogg-Stedman Tags openstack gnocchi metrics

In this article, we're going to ask Gnocchi (the OpenStack telemetry storage service) how much memory was used, on average, over the course of each day by each project in an OpenStack environment.


I'm working with an OpenStack "Pike" deployment, which means I have Gnocchi 4.0.x. More …

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Listing iptables rules with line numbers

Thu 08 February 2018 by Lars Kellogg-Stedman Tags shell iptables

You can list iptables rules with rule numbers using the --line-numbers option, but this only works in list (-L) mode. I find it much more convenient to view rules using the output from iptables -S or iptables-save.

You can augment the output from these commands with rule numbers with the …

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Administrivia: Pelican and theme update

Fri 26 January 2018 by Lars Kellogg-Stedman Tags administrivia

I've just refreshed the version of Pelican used to generate this blog, along with the associated themes and plugins. It all seems to be working, but if you spot a problem feel free to drop me a line.

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Fun with devicemapper snapshots

Thu 25 January 2018 by Lars Kellogg-Stedman Tags storage devicemapper

I find myself working with Raspbian disk images fairly often. A typical workflow is:

  • Download the disk image.
  • Mount the filesystem somewhere to check something.
  • Make some changes or install packages just to check something else.
  • Crap I've made changes. which point I need to fetch a new copy …

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Safely restarting an OpenStack server with Ansible

Wed 24 January 2018 by Lars Kellogg-Stedman Tags ansible openstack

The other day on #ansible, someone was looking for a way to safely shut down a Nova server, wait for it to stop, and then start it up again using the openstack cli. The first part seemed easy:

- hosts: myserver
    - name: shut down the server
      command: poweroff
      become: true …
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