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Monitoring Stash

Stash has native support for monitoring via Prometheus. You can use builtin Prometheus scrapper or CoreOS Prometheus Operator to monitor Stash. This tutorial will show you how this monitoring works with Stash and how to enable them.


Stash uses Prometheus PushGateway to export the metrics for backup & recovery operations. Following diagram shows the logical structure of Stash monitoring flow.

  Monitoring Structure

Stash operator runs two containers. The operator container runs controller and other necessary stuffs and the pushgateway container runs prom/pushgateway image. Stash sidecar from different workloads pushes their metrics to this pushgateway. Then Prometheus server scraps these metrics through stash-operator service. Stash operator itself also provides some metrics at /metrics path of :8443 port.

Backup & Recovery Metrics

Following metrics are available for stash backup and recovery operations. These metrics are accessible through pushgateway endpoint of stash-operator service.

Metric Uses
restic_session_success Indicates if session was successfully completed
restic_session_fail Indicates if session failed
restic_session_duration_seconds_total Seconds taken to complete restic session for all FileGroups
restic_session_duration_seconds Seconds taken to complete restic session for a FileGroup

Operator Metrics

Following metrics are available for Stash operator. These metrics are accessible through api endpoint of stash-operator service.

API Server Metrics:

Metric Name Uses
apiserver_audit_event_total Counter of audit events generated and sent to the audit backend.
apiserver_client_certificate_expiration_seconds Distribution of the remaining lifetime on the certificate used to authenticate a request.
apiserver_current_inflight_requests Maximal number of currently used inflight request limit of this apiserver per request kind in last second.
apiserver_request_count Counter of apiserver requests broken out for each verb, API resource, client, and HTTP response contentType and code.
apiserver_request_latencies Response latency distribution in microseconds for each verb, resource and subresource.
apiserver_request_latencies_summary Response latency summary in microseconds for each verb, resource and subresource.
authenticated_user_requests Counter of authenticated requests broken out by username.

Go Metrics:

Metric Name Uses
go_gc_duration_seconds A summary of the GC invocation durations.
go_goroutines Number of goroutines that currently exist.
go_memstats_alloc_bytes Number of bytes allocated and still in use.
go_memstats_alloc_bytes_total Total number of bytes allocated, even if freed.
go_memstats_buck_hash_sys_bytes Number of bytes used by the profiling bucket hash table.
go_memstats_frees_total Total number of frees.
go_memstats_gc_sys_bytes Number of bytes used for garbage collection system metadata.
go_memstats_heap_alloc_bytes Number of heap bytes allocated and still in use.
go_memstats_heap_idle_bytes Number of heap bytes waiting to be used.
go_memstats_heap_inuse_bytes Number of heap bytes that are in use.
go_memstats_heap_objects Number of allocated objects.
go_memstats_heap_released_bytes_total Total number of heap bytes released to OS.
go_memstats_heap_sys_bytes Number of heap bytes obtained from system.
go_memstats_last_gc_time_seconds Number of seconds since 1970 of last garbage collection.
go_memstats_lookups_total Total number of pointer lookups.
go_memstats_mallocs_total Total number of mallocs.
go_memstats_mcache_inuse_bytes Number of bytes in use by mcache structures.
go_memstats_mcache_sys_bytes Number of bytes used for mcache structures obtained from system.
go_memstats_mspan_inuse_bytes Number of bytes in use by mspan structures.
go_memstats_mspan_sys_bytes Number of bytes used for mspan structures obtained from system.
go_memstats_next_gc_bytes Number of heap bytes when next garbage collection will take place.
go_memstats_other_sys_bytes Number of bytes used for other system allocations.
go_memstats_stack_inuse_bytes Number of bytes in use by the stack allocator.
go_memstats_stack_sys_bytes Number of bytes obtained from system for stack allocator.
go_memstats_sys_bytes Number of bytes obtained by system. Sum of all system allocations.

HTTP Metrics:

Metrics Uses
http_request_duration_microseconds The HTTP request latencies in microseconds.
http_request_size_bytes The HTTP request sizes in bytes.
http_requests_total Total number of HTTP requests made.
http_response_size_bytes The HTTP response sizes in bytes.

Process Metrics:

Metric Name Uses
process_cpu_seconds_total Total user and system CPU time spent in seconds.
process_max_fds Maximum number of open file descriptors.
process_open_fds Number of open file descriptors.
process_resident_memory_bytes Resident memory size in bytes.
process_start_time_seconds Start time of the process since unix epoch in seconds.
process_virtual_memory_bytes Virtual memory size in bytes.

How to Enable Monitoring

You can enable monitoring through some flags while installing or upgrading or updating Stash via both script and Helm. You can also chose which monitoring agent to use for monitoring. Stash will configure respective resources accordingly. Here, are the list of available flags and their uses,

Script Flag Helm Values Acceptable Values Default Uses
--monitoring-agent monitoring.agent or none Specify which monitoring agent to use for monitoring Stash.
--monitoring-backup monitoring.backup true or false false Specify whether to monitor Stash backup and recovery.
--monitoring-operator monitoring.operator true or false false Specify whether to monitor Stash operator.
--prometheus-namespace monitoring.prometheus.namespace any namespace same namespace as Stash operator Specify the namespace where Prometheus server is running or will be deployed
--servicemonitor-label monitoring.serviceMonitor.labels any label For Helm installation, app: <generated app name> and release: <release name>. For script installation, app: stash Specify the labels for ServiceMonitor. Prometheus crd will select ServiceMonitor using these labels. Only usable when monitoring agent is

You have to provides these flags while installing or upgrading or updating Stash. Here, are examples for both script and Helm installation process are given which enable monitoring with Prometheuse server for backup & recovery and operator metrics.


$ helm install appscode/stash --name stash-operator --version 0.8.3 --namespace kube-system \
  --set \
  --set monitoring.backup=true \
  --set monitoring.operator=true \
  --set monitoring.prometheus.namespace=monitoring \
  --set monitoring.serviceMonitor.labels.k8s-app=prometheus


$ curl -fsSL  | bash -s -- \ \
  --monitoring-backup=true \
  --monitoring-operator=true \
  --prometheus-namespace=monitoring \

Next Steps

  • Learn how to monitor Stash using built-in Prometheus from here.
  • Learn how to monitor Stash using CoreOS Prometheus operator from here.
  • Learn how to use Grafana dashboard to visualize monitoring data from here.

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