RSyslog Documentation

Imhiredis: Redis input plugin

Module Name:

imhiredis

Author:

Jeremie Jourdin <jeremie.jourdin@advens.fr>

Purpose

Imhiredis is an input module reading arbitrary entries from Redis. It uses the hiredis library to query Redis instances using 2 modes:

Queue mode

The queue mode uses Redis LISTs to push/pop messages to/from lists. It allows simple and efficient uses of Redis as a queueing system, providing both LIFO and FIFO methods.

This mode should be preferred if the user wants to use Redis as a caching system, with one (or many) Rsyslog instances POP’ing out entries.

Warning

This mode was configured to provide optimal performances while not straining Redis, but as imhiredis has to poll the instance some trade-offs had to be made:

  • imhiredis POPs entries by batches of 10 to improve performances (this is currently not configurable)

  • when no entries are left in the list, the module sleeps for 1 second before checking the list again. This means messages might be delayed by as much as 1 second between a push to the list and a pop by imhiredis (entries will still be POP’ed out as fast as possible while the list is not empty)

Channel mode

The subscribe mode uses Redis PUB/SUB system to listen to messages published to Redis’ channels. It allows performant use of Redis as a message broker.

This mode should be preferred to use Redis as a message broker, with zero, one or many subscribers listening to new messages.

Warning

This mode shouldn’t be used if messages are to be reliably processed, as messages published when no Imhiredis is listening will result in the loss of the message.

Master/Replica

This module is able to automatically connect to the master instance of a master/replica(s) cluster. Simply providing a valid connection entry point (being the current master or a valid replica), Imhiredis is able to redirect to the master node on startup and when states change between nodes.

Configuration Parameters

Note

Parameter names are case-insensitive

Input Parameters

mode

type

default

mandatory

obsolete legacy directive

word

subscribe

yes

none

Defines the mode to use for the module. Should be either “subscribe” (Channel mode), or “queue” (Queue mode) (case-sensitive).

key

type

default

mandatory

obsolete legacy directive

word

none

yes

none

Defines either the name of the list to use (for Queue mode) or the channel to listen to (for Channel mode).

socketPath

type

default

mandatory

obsolete legacy directive

word

no

if no server provided

none

Defines the socket to use when trying to connect to Redis. Will be ignored if both server and socketPath are given.

server

type

default

mandatory

obsolete legacy directive

ip

127.0.0.1

if no socketPath provided

none

The Redis server’s IP to connect to.

port

type

default

mandatory

obsolete legacy directive

number

6379

no

none

The Redis server’s port to use when connecting via IP.

password

type

default

mandatory

obsolete legacy directive

word

none

no

none

The password to use when connecting to a Redis node, if necessary.

uselpop

type

default

mandatory

obsolete legacy directive

boolean

no

no

none

When using the Queue mode, defines if imhiredis should use a LPOP instruction instead of a RPOP (the default). Has no influence on the Channel mode and will be ignored if set with this mode.

ruleset

type

default

mandatory

obsolete legacy directive

word

none

no

none

Assign messages from this input to a specific Rsyslog ruleset.

See also

Help with configuring/using Rsyslog:

  • Mailing list - best route for general questions

  • GitHub: rsyslog source project - detailed questions, reporting issues that are believed to be bugs with Rsyslog

  • Stack Exchange (View, Ask) - experimental support from rsyslog community

See also

Contributing to Rsyslog:

Copyright 2008-2020 Rainer Gerhards (Großrinderfeld), and Others.

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