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PostgreSQL monitoring is a Gateway configuration file that enables monitoring of Postgresql database installation through the SQL Toolkit plug-in.

This integration template allows monitoring of queries, views, triggers in the Gateway set-up, and other server activities, such as:

  • Tracking of command being executed in the server.
  • Monitoring of information about table and index dataview.
  • Permits user-defined functions.

Intended audience

This guide is intended for users who are setting up, configuring, troubleshooting and maintaining this integration. This is intended for users who will be using Active Console to monitor data from PostgreSQL. Once the integration is set up, the samplers providing the dataviews become available to that Gateway.

As a user, you should be familiar with SQL or any other database, and with the administration of the PostgreSQL services.


The following requirements must be met prior to the installation and setup of the template:

  • A machine running the Netprobe must have access to the host where the PostgreSQL instance is installed and the port PostgreSQL is listening to.
  • Netprobe 4.6 or higher.
  • Gateway 4.8 or higher.
  • PostgreSQL 9.6.

Installation procedure

Ensure that you have read and can follow the system requirements prior to installation and setup of this integration template.

  1. Download the integration package geneos-integration-postgresql-<version>.zip from the ITRS Downloads site.
  2. Open Gateway Setup Editor.
  3. In the Navigation panel, click Includes to create a new file.
  4. Enter the location of the file to include in the Location field. In this example, it is the include/PostgreSQLMonitoring.xml.
  5. Update the Priority field. This can be any value except 1. If you input a priority of 1, the Gateway Setup Editor returns an error.
  6. Expand the file location in the Include section.
  7. Select Click to load.
  8. Click Yes to load the new Postgresql include file.
  9. Click Managed entities in the Navigation panel.
  10. Add the Postgresql type to the Managed Entity section that you will use to monitor Postgresql.
  11. Click Validate current document to check your configuration.
  12. Click Save current document to apply the changes.

Set up the samplers

These are the pre-configured samplers available to use in PostgresqlMonitoring.xml.

Configure the required fields by referring to the table below:

Active Locks

Set up the variables

The PostgresqlMonitoring.xml template provides the variables that are set in the Environments section:

Samplers Description
PSQL_SERVER_NAME IP/Hostname where the Postgresql installation resides.
PSQL_PORT Assigned port in the Postgresql service.
  • pg_stat_user_tables
  • pg_stat_user_indexes
  • pg_statio_user_tables
  • pg_class
  • pg_namespace
  • pg_stat_bgwriter
  • pg_stat_database
  • pg_locks
  • pg_database
  • pg_stat_activity
Username with the rights to access the following tables.
PSQL_PASSWORD Password of the database user.

Database names:

  • Server Specific Metrics uses the default database Postgresql.
  • Database Specific Metrics specifies the actual database to monitor.

Set up the rules

The PostgresqlMonitoring-SampleRules.xml template also provides a separate sample rules that you can use to configure the Gateway Setup Editor.

Your configuration rules must be set in the Includes section.

If a rule has a critical and warning variable, you must configure it both to activate the rule:

Variables Critical Warning
Checkpoint - Checkpoint Requests : Checks the ratio of checkpoints requested vs. scheduled checkpoints PSQL_CHECKPOINT_SCHEDULED_CRITICAL:
Possible values 1.0 - 100.0
Possible values 1.0 - 100.0
Database-Statistics - Commit Ratio : Checks the ratio between transactions committed vs rolledback PSQL_COMMIT_RATIO_CRITICAL:
Possible values 1.0 - 100.0
Possible values 1.0 - 100.0
Database-Statistics - Connection utilisation : Rule that checks the connections used expressed in percentage compared to max_connections PSQL_CONNECTIONS_CRITICAL:
Possible values 1.0 - 100.0
Possible values 1.0 - 100.0
Database-Statistics - Deadlocks : Checks for deadlocks PSQL_DEADLOCK_RATIO_CRITICAL:
Integer value
Integer value
Processes - Long Running Queries : Checks the duration of query execution PSQL_QUERY_EXECUTION_THRESHOLD_IN_SECS_CRITICAL:
Integer value
Integer value
Replication - Delay : Checks for delays in replication PSQL_REPLICATION_DELAY_CRITICAL:
Integer value. Time in seconds
Integer value. Time in seconds
Checkpoint - Written Buffers Checkpoint : Checks the ratio of dirty buffers written by checkpoint vs bgwriter plus backends PSQL_WRITTEN_BUFFERS_CRITICAL:
Possible values 1.0 - 100.0
Possible values 1.0 - 100.0
Database-Statistics - Size Threshold : Checks the size of the databases in the currently monitored server PSQL_DATABASE_SIZE_CRITICAL:
Possible values - XXX kB, XXX MB, XXX GB and XXX TB
Not applicable

Note: The sample configuration file was verified working with Postgresql 9.6 and Netprobe 4.5 versions.

Metrics and dataviews

Active locks

Column Name Description
pid/lockType/relation Lock information held by active processes in the database server.
mode Refers to the name of the lock mode held by active processes.
granted Set to True if lock was held, or to False if lock was awaited.
fastpath Set to True if lock was taken via fast path, or to False if taken via main lock table.


Column Name Description
host Configured host in the sampler.
scheduledPerformed Number of scheduled checkpoints performed.
requestedPerformed Number of requested checkpoints performed.
scheduledRatio Equivalent to the ratio between scheduledPerformed and requestedPerformed.
totalWriteTime Total amount of time spent in the checkpoint processing, where files are written to disk in milliseconds.
totalSyncTime Total amount of time spent in the checkpoint processing, where files are synchronised to disk in milliseconds.
buffersWrittenByCheckpoint Number of written buffers during the checkpoint.
buffersWrittenByBgWriter Number of written buffers by the background writer.
stoppedDueToMaxBuffers Number of times when a cleaning scan was stopped by the background writer due to the high volume of written buffers.
backendWrittenBuffers Number of direct written buffers by a backend.
backendFSYNC Number of times when a backend executed its own fsync call.
allocatedBuffers Number of allocated buffers.
checkpointWrittenBuffersRatio Equivalent to the ratio between buffersWrittenByCheckpoint, buffersWrittenByBgWriter, and backendWrittenBuffers.
lastStatReset Time when the statistics were last reset.

Database statistics

Column Name Description
database Name of the database.
totalSize Disk space used by the database.
activeConnections Number of connected backends to the database.
connectionPctUtil Equivalent to (activeConnections / max_connections) multiplied by a 100.
txnsCommitted Number of transactions in the database committed.
txnsRolledback Number of transactions in the database rolled back.
commitRatio Equivalent to the ratio between txnsCommitted and txnsRolledback.
blocksReadCount Number of disk blocks.
cachedBlocksCount Number of times when disk blocks were found in the buffer cache.
cachedReadRatio Equivalent to the ratio between blocksReadCount and cachedBlocksCount.
returnedRowsCount Number of rows returned by queries.
fetchedRowsCount Number of rows fetched by queries.
fetchedRatio Equivalent to the ratio between returnedRowsCount and fetchedRowsCount
insertedRowsCount Number of inserted rows by queries
updatedRowsCount Number of update rows by queries.
deletedRowsCount Number of deleted rows by queries.
deadlocksCount Number detected deadlocks.
readTime Time spent reading the data file blocks by the backend.
writeTime Time spent writing the data file blocks by the backend.
lastStatReset Time when the statistics were last reset.


Column Name Description
processId Process ID of the backend.
database Name of the database where the backend is connected to.
username Current user logged in the backend.
clientIP IP address of the client.
clientPort TCP port number the client is using to connect to the backend.
state Current state of the backend.
startTime Time when the current or last active query was started.
currentTime Current time.
duration Equivalent to the process age based on the currentTime and StartTime.
query Most recent query in the backend.


Column Name Description
host Configured host in the sampler.
serverType Type of server being used.
delay Equivalent to the result of calculated delay on the current time minus the time stamp of the last transaction replayed during recovery.