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Net::SNMP method efficiency

by LazerRed (Pilgrim)
on Jul 22, 2003 at 01:56 UTC ( #276559=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
LazerRed has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I have a question about the module Net::SNMP (4.0.3). I'm currently using this module to query a compaq server, to gather temperature metrics from it's various onboard thermoresistors. Below is my current method:

foreach my $probe ( 1 .. $probe_count ) { my $location = "$thermbase.1.3.0.$probe"; my $temp = "$thermbase.1.4.0.$probe"; my $thresh = "$thermbase.1.5.0.$probe"; my $cond = "$thermbase.1.6.0.$probe"; my $result = $session->get_request( -varbindlist => [ $location, $temp, $thresh, $cond ] ); if ( !defined($result) ) { printf( "ERROR: %s.\n", $session->error ); $session->close; return; }

This loops $probe_count times, and pushes the results onto an array later in the script. I'm only grabbing 4 things out of a table that has 8 objects. My question is, Would it be more efficient to do a get_table in one go (and dig around in the returned hash), even though I do not want every piece of data in that table? Essentialy throwing out half the data I collect?


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Re: Net::SNMP method efficiency
by bobn (Chaplain) on Jul 22, 2003 at 02:08 UTC

    It' not more efficient for the hardware or the network. When you walk an SNMP table, you do it by retriving the first value, then sending a get_next over and over until a value is received that isn't in the table. So however many entries are in the table, you've sent that many requests and received that many responses.

    Update: If your're using other than v1 of SNMP, what I sadi above may be untrue.

    --Bob Niederman,

      true, unless you can use SNMPv2/3 bulk(get/walk) commands, then you just might get them in all in one packet. or at least get N values per packet vs 1 value per packet.

        oops, found out the same thing, updated before seeing your response.

        Unfortunately, most implmentations are v1, so far as I know. The standards never coalesced and the vendors sat out the battle.

        --Bob Niederman,

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