PiMetric: Monitoring using a Raspberry Pi
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PiMetric: Monitoring using a Raspberry Pi

About the Book

If you've heard about the Raspberry Pi you may know that it provides a fantastic method to learn about using a computer and to develop some skills that go beyond the basics. 

What sort of things will we learn?

Good question! 

  • A bit about the Raspberry Pi
  • A bit about the software language Python
  • A bit about Linux and measuring 'stuff'

Is this book for you?

It's not written for experts. It's put together as a guide to get you started if you're unsure about how to make the first move with a Raspberry Pi.

If you like you can get straight to the code here on GitHub.

Why has the book been written?

Because writing things down is a great way to remember them.

Writing about how to do cool stuff with computers means that we're accumulating ways to help ourselves out when the going gets tricky. Making a book out of the information is a no-brainer since that way more people benefit from the process.


So I hope you get something out of the book, please excuse the sometimes light-hearted conversational manner in which I approach the topic and enjoy the Raspberry Pi!

About the Author

Malcolm Maclean
Malcolm Maclean

I have a passion for knowledge and I realise that part of the responsibility of gathering knowledge is being able to advance the state of the human condition in some way.

My aims in writing these books are to play with software, achieve personal goals and try something new for fun. It also helps that I think Open Source, technology, the visual representation of data and information rock in serious ways.

The books that I write are a mechanism to support my own learning, so the way I explain things is focused on trying to impart understanding in a simple but functional way.

I'm totally in awe of the Open Source community that has made this type of work possible. If you feel that you would like to support continued development of this content, feel free to donate when you download.

If you're looking for a hard copy version of any of these publications, they will be available through Amazon (not all will be available sorry).

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Welcome!
    • What are we trying to do?
    • Whare are we not going to be doing?
    • Who is this book for?
    • What will we need?
    • Why on earth did I write this rambling tome?
    • Where can you get more information?
  • PiMetric
    • What’s this all about then?
    • How is this different from Nagios / Icinga / Prometheus?
    • Overview
      • Installation
      • Structure
        • Measurement
        • Management
        • Operating
  • The History of the Raspberry Pi
  • Raspberry Pi Versions
    • Raspberry Pi B+, B2, B3 and B3+
      • USB Ports
      • Video Out
      • Ethernet Network Connection
      • USB Power Input Jack
      • MicroSD Flash Memory Card Slot
      • Stereo and Composite Video Output
      • 40 Pin Header
    • Raspberry Pi Zero
      • USB Port
      • Video Out
      • USB Power Input Jack
      • MicroSD Flash Memory Card Slot
      • MIPI Camera Interface
      • Stereo and Composite Video Output
      • 40 Pin Header
  • Raspberry Pi Peripherals
    • SD Card
    • Keyboard / Mouse
    • Video
    • Network
    • Power supply
    • Cases
  • Operating Systems
    • Welcome to Raspbian
      • Downloading
      • Writing the Operating System image to the SD Card
      • Enabling Secure Shell Access
  • Network connectivity
  • How are we going to access PiMetric?
    • Setting up a client for remote access
      • Remote access via SSH
        • Setting up the Server (Raspberry Pi)
        • Setting up the Client (Windows)
      • WinSCP
    • Wired Connection
      • Connected with a keyboard and monitor (cheating)
      • Headless (kudos)
        • Connecting to the Pi Remotely.
    • Wireless connection
      • Headless (full kudos+)
      • Finalize basic setup
        • Connecting to the Pi Remotely.
  • PiMetric Installation
    • Starting point
    • Carry out the installation
    • We’re done
  • Operation
    • Measurement
    • Management
      • Create
      • Read
      • Edit
        • Fields
      • Delete
      • Duplicate
    • Operating
      • Operating Environment
        • Tree Hierarchy
        • Limits
        • Acknowledged
      • General Graphing
        • View Metric
        • Graphs
        • Multi Graphs
  • Configuration
    • SNMP
  • How to…
    • Set-up SNMP on a Raspberry Pi to monitor it
  • Linux Concepts
    • What is Linux?
    • Linux Directory Structure
      • /
      • /bin
      • /boot
      • /dev
      • /etc
      • /etc/cron.d
      • /etc/rc?.d
      • /home
      • /lib
      • /lost+found
      • /media
      • /mnt
      • /opt
      • /proc
      • /root
      • /sbin
      • /srv
      • /tmp
      • /usr
      • /usr/bin
      • /usr/lib
      • /usr/local
      • /usr/sbin
      • /var
      • /var/lib
      • /var/log
      • /var/spool
      • /var/tmp
    • Everything is a file in Linux
      • Traditional Files
      • Directories
      • System Information
      • Devices
  • File Editing
    • The nano Editor
  • Linux Commands
    • Executing Commands in Linux
    • The Commands
        • Options
        • Arguments
        • Putting it all together
      • apt-get
        • The apt-get command
        • apt-get update
        • apt-get upgrade
        • apt-get install
        • apt-get remove
      • cd
        • The cd command
        • Options
        • Arguments
        • Examples
        • Test yourself
      • chmod
        • The chmod command
        • Options
        • Arguments
        • Examples
      • chown
        • The chown command
        • Options
        • Arguments
        • Examples
        • Test yourself
      • crontab
        • The crontab command
        • Options
        • Examples
        • Test yourself
      • ls
        • The ls command
        • Options
        • Arguments
        • Examples
      • ping
        • The ping command
        • Options
        • Test yourself
      • sudo
        • The sudo command
        • The ‘sudoers’ file
        • sudo vs su
        • Test yourself
  • Directory Structure Cheat Sheet
  • Static IP Address
    • The Netmask
      • CIDR Notation
    • Distinguish Dynamic from Static
    • Default Gateway
    • Lets edit the dhcpcd.conf file

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