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Basic Agent Usage for SUSE

Overview

This page outlines the basic functionality of the Datadog Agent. If you haven’t installed the Agent yet, instructions can be found in the Datadog Agent integration page.

The process to upgrade from the previous version of the Agent is to re-run the installation.

Commands

Datadog Agent has some commands and only the lifecycle commands (i.e. start/stop/restart/status on the Agent service) should be run with sudo service/sudo systemctl, all other commands need to be run with the datadog-agent command.

Agent v5 Agent v6 Notes
sudo service datadog-agent start sudo service datadog-agent start Start Agent as a service
sudo service datadog-agent stop sudo service datadog-agent stop Stop Agent running as a service
sudo service datadog-agent restart sudo service datadog-agent restart Restart Agent running as a service
sudo service datadog-agent status sudo service datadog-agent status Status of Agent service
sudo service datadog-agent info sudo datadog-agent status Status page of running Agent
sudo service datadog-agent flare sudo datadog-agent flare Send flare
sudo service datadog-agent sudo datadog-agent --help Display command usage
sudo -u dd-agent -- dd-agent check <check_name> sudo -u dd-agent -- datadog-agent check <check_name> Run a check

More information about the metrics, events, and service checks for an integrations can be retrieved with the check command:

sudo service datadog-agent check [integration]

Add the check_rate argument to get the most recent values for rates:

sudo service datadog-agent check [integration] check_rate

NB: If service is not available on your system, use:

  • on systemd-based systems: sudo systemctl start/stop/restart datadog-agent

Learn more about Service lifecycle commands

Configuration

The configuration files and folders for the Agent are located at:

Agent v5 Agent v6
/etc/dd-agent/datadog.conf /etc/datadog-agent/datadog.yaml

Configuration files for integrations:

Agent v5 Agent v6
/etc/dd-agent/conf.d/ /etc/datadog-agent/conf.d/

Upgrade to Agent 6

  1. Set up Datadog’s Yum repo on your system by creating /etc/zypp/repos.d/datadog.repo with the contents:
  [datadog]
  name=Datadog, Inc.
  enabled=1
  baseurl=https://yum.datadoghq.com/suse/stable/6/x86_64
  type=rpm-md
  gpgcheck=1
  repo_gpgcheck=0
  gpgkey=https://yum.datadoghq.com/DATADOG_RPM_KEY.public
  1. Update your local zypper repo and install the Agent:
  sudo zypper refresh
  sudo rpm --import https://yum.datadoghq.com/DATADOG_RPM_KEY.public
  sudo zypper install datadog-agent
  1. Copy the example config into place and plug in your API key:
  sudo sh -c "sed 's/api_key:.*/api_key: <YOUR_API_KEY>/' /etc/datadog-agent/datadog.yaml.example > /etc/datadog-agent/datadog.yaml"
  1. Re-start the Agent:
  sudo systemctl restart datadog-agent.service

Troubleshooting

Run the info or status command to see the state of the Agent. The Agent logs are located in the /var/log/datadog/ directory:

  • For Agent v6 all logs are in the agent.log file
  • For Agent v5 logs are in:

    • datadog-supervisord.log
    • collector.log
    • dogstatsd.log
    • forwarder.log

If you’re still having trouble, our support team will be glad to provide further assistance.

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