munin-node.conf(5) Munin-node configuration file


munin-node.conf is the configuration file for "munin-node", the agent that Munin fetches data from.

The format is dictated by the use of "Net::Server". A look at "perldoc Net::Server" will give a list of options that the file supports by using the module. This page mainly covers the Munin-specific extensions.

The following options are of special interest:

allow RE
IP based access list is implemented through this. The statement may be repeated many times. It's important to note that it's actually a regular expression after the keyword so to allow localhost it must be written like this:

      allow ^127\.0\.0\.1$
cidr_allow NETWORK/MASK
An alternative to "allow RE". This allows the access list to be specified in CIDR format. For instance, "cidr_allow" would allow connections from any IP from to

And "cidr_allow" is the equivalent to the example above. Note that the netmask must be provided, even though it's just "/32".

This option requires that the "Net::CIDR" Perl module be installed.

host IP
The IP number of the interface munin-node should listen on. By default munin-node listens to all interfaces. To make munin-node listen only on the localhost interface - making it unavailable from the network do this:


Additional options:

host_name <host>
If set, overrides the hostname munin-node uses in its 'hello'-negotiation with munin. A ``telnet localhost 4949'' will show the hostname munin-node is currently using. If munin-node and the main munin installation do not agree on the hostname, munin will skip all the plugins of the machine in question.
paranoia <yes|no|true|false|on|off|1|0>
If set, checks permissions of plugin files, and only tries to run files owned by root. Default on.
ignore_file <regex>
Files matching <regex> in the node.d/ and node-conf.d/ directories will be overlooked.
tls <value>
Can have four values. "paranoid", "enabled", "auto", and "disabled". "Paranoid" and "enabled" require a TLS connection, while "disabled" will not attempt one at all.

The current default is "disabled" because "auto" is broken. "Auto" causes bad interaction between munin-update and munin-node if the node is unprepared to go to TLS.

If you see data dropouts (gaps in graphs) please try to disable TLS.

tls_verify_certificate <value>
This directive can be "yes" or "no". It determines if the remote certificate needs to be signed by a CA that is known locally. Default is "no".
tls_private_key <value>
This directive sets the location of the private key to be used for TLS. Default is /etc/munin/munin-node.pem. The private key and certificate can be stored in the same file.
tls_certificate <value>
This directive sets the location of the TLS certificate to be used for TLS. Default is /etc/munin/munin-node.pem. The private key and certificate can be stored in the same file.
tls_ca_certificate <value>
This directive sets the CA certificate to be used to verify the node's certificate, if tls_verify_certificate is set to "yes". Default is /etc/munin/cacert.pem.
tls_verify_depth <value>
This directive sets how many signings up a chain of signatures TLS is willing to go to reach a known, trusted CA when verifying a certificate. Default is 5.
tls_match <value>
This directive, if defined, searches a dump of the certificate provided by the remote host for the given regex. The dump of the certificate is two lines of the form:

        Subject Name: /C=c/ST=st/L=l/O=o/OU=ou/CN=cn/emailAddress=email
        Issuer  Name: /C=c/ST=st/O=o/OU=ou/CN=cn/emailAddress=email

So, for example, one could match the subject distinguished name by the directive:

        tls_match Subject Name: /C=c/ST=st/L=l/O=o/OU=ou/CN=cn/emailAddress=email

Note that the fields are dumped in the order they appear in the certificate. It's best to view the dump of the certificate by running munin-update in debug mode and reviewing the logs.

Unfortunately, due to the limited functionality of the SSL module in use, it is not possible to provide finer-grained filtering. By default this value is not defined.


A pretty normal configuration file:

        log_level 4
        log_file /var/log/munin/munin-node.log
        port 4949
        pid_file /var/run/
        background 1
        setsid 1
        host *
        user root
        group root
        setsid yes
        ignore_file \.bak$
        ignore_file \.rpm(save|new)$
        ignore_file ^README$
        allow ^127\.0\.0\.1$
        ignore_file \.dpkg-(old|new)$
        ignore_file \.rpm(save|new)$

See the documentation or Munin homepage <> for more info.


Jimmy Olsen.


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