Change in statistics format

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at
Fri Nov 16 07:28:48 UTC 2012

Hi Peter,

   Would you consider donating that script to ISC so they can bundle it
with the BIND distribution?

   I have a whole library of scripts like yours which I've collected over
the last 10 years.  Most of the hosts that are linked to as where these
scripts are located are long gone and the authors long since disappeared.

   It is very frustrating when I'm looking for a script to do something 
on Google to come up with links to these old dead hosts.

  Your post here is going to be archived in Google's bowels
for at least the next decade.

   if you maintain your host - great - kids who don't even have their
drivers licenses today will be able to get the current version when they
are system admins someday in the future.

   But, if something happens to you - slip in the shower, fall down the
stairs, hit by a bus - I guarantee that your heirs are not going to be
interested in maintaining it.


On 11/15/2012 5:10 PM, Peter Yardley wrote:
> I wrote a script to extract stats from the XML channel. Works for cricket, cacti, MRTG ...
> You can find it here…
> <>
> Looks like I'll have to update it for 9.10 tho, hope they updated the schema number.
> On 16/11/2012, at 6:04 AM, John Miller <johnmill at> wrote:
>> Thanks, Evan.  That's exactly what I wanted to know.  I'm already
>> running the statistics server, so I'd certainly prefer to leverage that
>> rather than rely on a bunch of regexes to parse the statistics file.
>> I'll let the folks at Hyperic know about the upcoming schema changes.
>> John
>> On 11/15/2012 12:22 PM, Evan Hunt wrote:
>>> On Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 11:44:12AM -0500, John Miller wrote:
>>>> Hello everyone,
>>>> When did BIND 9 switch over from the older
>>> The new stats counters were added in 9.5.0.  They're in all currently-
>>> supported releases; the old format is fully deprecated now.
>>> Incidentally, that release also introduced an http statistics channel
>>> and XML stats reporting, which might be of interest to your monitoring
>>> software.  (Note, though, in 9.9.3 we're going to introduce a newer
>>> better XML schema for statistics as a compile-time option, and it'll
>>> be standard in 9.10, so if they wanted to write code to parse our XML,
>>> they might want to know there'll be a few different schema versions in
>>> the field soon.)
>>>> Is this a tunable parameter?
>>> No.
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