rrdcgi - Create web pages containing RRD graphs based on templates
rrdcgi is a sort of very limited script interpreter. Its purpose is to run as a cgi-program and parse a web
page template containing special <RRD:: tags. rrdcgi will interpret and act according to these tags. In the
end it will printout a web page including the necessary CGI headers.
rrdcgi parses the contents of the template in 3 steps. In each step it looks only for a subset of tags. This
allows nesting of tags.
The argument parser uses the same semantics as you are used from your C-shell.
Assume that rrdcgi is run as a filter and not as a cgi.
Inserts the CGI variable of the given name.
Inserts the CGI variable of the given name but quotes it, ready for use as an argument in another
RRD:: tag. So even when there are spaces in the value of the CGI variable it will still be considered
to be one argument.
Inserts the CGI variable of the given name, quotes it and makes sure it starts neither with a '/' nor
contains '..'. This is to make sure that no problematic pathnames can be introduced through the CGI
Get the value of an environment variable.
might give you the name of the remote user given you are using some sort of access control on the
Specify the number of seconds this page should remain valid. This will prompt the rrdcgi to output a
Last-Modified, an Expire and if the number of seconds is negative a Refresh header.
Include the contents of the specified file into the page returned from the cgi.
RRD::SETENV variable value
If you want to present your graphs in another time zone than your own, you could use
<RRD::SETENV TZ UTC>
to make sure everything is presented in Universal Time. Note that the values permitted to TZ depend on
RRD::SETVAR variable value
Analog to SETENV but for local variables.
Analog to GETENV but for local variables.
RRD::TIME::LAST rrd-file strftime-format
This gets replaced by the last modification time of the selected RRD. The time is strftime-formatted
with the string specified in the second argument.
This gets replaced by the current time of day. The time is strftime-formatted with the string
specified in the argument.
Note that if you return : (colons) from your strftime format you may have to escape them using \ if
the time is to be used as an argument to a GRAPH command.
RRD::TIME::STRFTIME START|END start-spec end-spec strftime-format
This gets replaced by a strftime-formatted time using the format strftime-format on either start-spec
or end-spec depending on whether START or END is specified. Both start-spec and end-spec must be
supplied as either could be relative to the other. This is intended to allow pretty titles on graphs
with times that are easier for non RRDtool folks to figure out than "-2weeks".
Note that again, if you return : (colon) from your strftime format, you may have to escape them using
\ if the time is to be used as an argument to a GRAPH command.
RRD::GRAPH rrdgraph arguments
This tag creates the RRD graph defined by its argument and then is replaced by an appropriate <IMG ...
> tag referring to the graph. The --lazy option in RRD graph can be used to make sure that graphs are
only regenerated when they are out of date. The arguments to the RRD::GRAPH tag work as described in
the rrdgraph manual page.
Use the --lazy option in your RRD::GRAPH tags, to reduce the load on your server. This option makes
sure that graphs are only regenerated when the old ones are out of date.
If you do not specify your own --imginfo format, the following will be used:
<IMG SRC="%s" WIDTH="%lu" HEIGHT="%lu">
Note that %s stands for the filename part of the graph generated, all directories given in the PNG
file argument will get dropped.
If the preceding RRD::GRAPH tag contained and PRINT arguments, then you can access their output with
this tag. The number argument refers to the number of the PRINT argument. This first PRINT has number
This tag gets replaced by an internal var. Currently these vars are known: VERSION, COMPILETIME.
These vars represent the compiled-in values.
The example below creates a web pages with a single RRD graph.
<H1>RRDCGI Example Page</H1>
<RRD::GRAPH demo.png --lazy --title="Temperatures"
This script is slightly more elaborate, it allows you to run it from a form which sets RRD_NAME. RRD_NAME is
then used to select which RRD you want to use as source for your graph.
<H1>RRDCGI Example Page for <RRD::CV RRD_NAME></H1>
<FORM><INPUT NAME=RRD_NAME TYPE=RADIO VALUE=roomA> Room A,
<INPUT NAME=RRD_NAME TYPE=RADIO VALUE=roomB> Room B.
<RRD::GRAPH <RRD::CV::PATH RRD_NAME>.png --lazy
--title "Temperatures for "<RRD::CV::QUOTE RRD_NAME>
This example shows how to handle the case where the RRD, graphs and cgi-bins are separate directories
<H1>RRDCGI test Page</H1>
--imginfo '<IMG SRC=/.../pngs/%s WIDTH=%lu HEIGHT=%lu >'
--lazy --start -1d --end now
Note 1: Replace /.../ with the relevant directories
Note 2: The SRC=/.../pngs should be paths from the view of the webserver/browser