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Old 09-22-2010, 06:07 PM
Kristoff Bonne
Default mrtg does not change mtime (was: Lenny: howto install other packages then the default ones ???)


Well, the "package upgrade" worked like a charm; but the problem itself
is not gone.

It's very strange.

We are using this server for mrtg, which creates .rrd files in the

The first time we run mrtg with a new configuration-file, it creates the
.rrd file correctly.

So far, so good.

However, when we run mrtg a second time, the file is not changed. At
least, that how it looks.
A "stat" and 'ls-' says that the "mtime" and "ctime" of the file has not
However, when we loook inside the .rrd file (rrdtool dump ...) and look
at the "last changed" information; that does is changed.

And also the new data in inserted into the rrd database.

When we try it with other applications (like "echo" or "vi") we do not
have this problem.

Now, for us, it is a real problem as we also have some scripts that do a
"cleanup" from time to time (i.e. remove all .rrd files that have not
changed in the last 2 months using a "find") and all these scripts no
will fail.

Very strange!!!

Cheerio! Kr. Bonne.

Op 22-09-10 12:33, Kristoff Bonne schreef:

Hi Berni,

Works like a charm.


Cheerio! Kr. Bonne.

Op 22-09-10 12:21, Berni Elbourn schreef:

Kristoff Bonne wrote:


I have a pretty anoying problem.

We have just installed a new server to replace an older one. For this
one, we have chosen Deian Lenny instead of Debian Etch

Now we have a problem with "mrtg", more specially the "rrd-part" of it.

The bug is know. It exists in rrdtool 1.3.1-4 and seams to be solved
in 1.3.7-1.

So how do I upgrade Lenny to this new version of rrd-tool?
Remove it and create it from source?

The packages impacted are

(all running 1.3.1-4).

Cheerio! Kr. Bonne.

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