InfluxDB backend

A backend using an InfluxDB service to store keys/values as time-series.

  • Library name: zbackend_influxdb


Mapping to InfluxDB concepts

Each storage will map to an InfluxDB database.
Each path to store will map to a an InfluxDB measurement named with the path stripped from the "path_prefix" property (see below).
Each key/value put into the storage will map to an InfluxDB point reusing the timestamp set by zenoh (but with a precision of nanoseconds). The fileds and tags of the point is are the following:

  • "kind" tag: the zenoh change kind ("PUT" for a value that have been put, or "DEL" to mark the deletion of the path)
  • "timestamp" field: the original zenoh timestamp
  • "encoding" field: the value’s encoding flag
  • "base64" field: a boolean indicating if the value is encoded in base64
  • "value"field: the value as a string, possibly encoded in base64 for binary values.

Behaviour on deletion

On deletion of a path, all points with a timestamp before the deletion message are deleted. A point with "kind"="DEL” is inserted (to avoid re-insertion of points with an older timestamp in case of un-ordered messages). After a delay (5 seconds), the measurement corresponding to the deleted path is dropped if it still contains no points.

Behaviour on GET

On GET operations, by default the storage returns only the latest point for each path/measurement. This is to be coherent with other backends technologies that only store 1 value per-key.
If you want to get time-series as a result of a GET operation, you need to specify the "starttime" and/or "stoptime" properties in your Selector.

Examples of selectors:

  # get the complete time-series

  # get points within a fixed date interval

  # get points within a relative date interval

The "starttime" and "stoptime" properties support the InfluxDB time syntax (<rfc3339_date_time_string>, <rfc3339_like_date_time_string>, <epoch_time> and relative time using now()).

Properties for Backend creation

  • "lib" (optional) : the backend library name. If not speficied, the Backend identifier in admin space must be influxdb.

  • "url" (required) : an URL to the InfluxDB service. Example: http://localhost:8086

  • "username" (optional) : an InfluxDB admin user name. It will be used for creation of databases, granting read/write privileges of databases mapped to storages and dropping of databases and measurements.

  • "password" (optional) : the admin user’s password.

Properties for Storage creation

  • "path_expr" (required) : the Storage’s Path Expression

  • "path_prefix" (optional) : a prefix of the "path_expr" that will be stripped from each path to store.
    Example: with "path_expr"="/demo/example/**" and "path_prefix"="/demo/example/" the path "/demo/example/foo/bar" will be stored as key: "foo/bar". But replying to a get on "/demo/**", the key "foo/bar" will be transformed back to the original path ("/demo/example/foo/bar").

  • "db" (optional) : the InfluxDB database name the storage will map into. If not specified, a random name will be generated, and the corresponding database will be created (even if "create_db" is not set).

  • "create_db" (optional) : create the InfluxDB database if not already existing. (the value doesn’t matter, only the property existence is checked)

  • "on_closure" (optional) : the strategy to use when the Storage is removed. There are 3 options:

    • unset: the database remains untouched (this is the default behaviour)
    • "drop_db": the database is dropped (i.e. removed)
    • "drop_series": all the series (measurements) are dropped and the database remains empty.
  • "username" (optional) : an InfluxDB user name (usually non-admin). It will be used to read/write points in the database on GET/PUT/DELETE zenoh operations.

  • "password" (optional) : the user’s password.