Buffer Interface

New in version 0.7.0.

By design, syslog messages can be fired spuriously, and the same information may be sent multiple times within a short period of time. For example, when an NTP server is unreachable, Junos would send the following message several times from the same device, within just a couple of seconds:

Aug 27 12:03:46  router1 xntpd[4308]: NTP Server is Unreachable
Aug 27 12:03:47  router1 xntpd[4308]: NTP Server is Unreachable
Aug 27 12:03:49  router1 xntpd[4308]: NTP Server is Unreachable

To ensure napalm-logs is sending notifications only for one copy of these messages, you can enable the buffer interface to cache the first occurrence of the message, and the next ones would not be published.


Before enabling this feature please consider the caveats and the limitations added by the interface of choice. One of the most important is the fact that lookups are time consuming and might decrease the performances, and/or require a higher memory consumption.

The Buffer interface is pluggable subsystem and can be enabled from the configuration file, under the buffer block, for example:

    db: 4

Available Buffer drivers and their options

Globally available options

In addition to the particular options for each individual Buffer driver, you can fine tune napalm-logs using the following options:

expire_time: 5

The time in seconds to cache the message and filter out duplicates. The first occurrence of the message is recorded and hashed into the Buffer interface of choice. The next messages with the same content and looked up and discarded if they have been fired within expire_time seconds.

Configuration example:

    expire_time: 30