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Install to FreeBSD (optional) — How to install milter manager related softwares to FreeBSD

About this document

This document describes how to install milter manager related softwares to FreeBSD. See Install to FreeBSD for milter manager install information and Install for general install information.

Install milter-manager-log-analyzer

milter-manager-log-analyzer analyzer milter manager's log and generates graphs for statistics information.

There are two ways to view generated graphs; (1) view them via a Web server at the same host and (2) view them via Munin (and a Web server) at other host. If we already have Munin or exclusive system monitoring server, Munin is a better way. Otherwise, a Web server at the same host is a better way. [6]

We install milter-manager-log-analyzer and then configure an environment to view generated graphs.

Install packages

We use RRDtool for generating graphs. We also install Ruby bindings to RRDtool.

NOTE: The Ruby bindings in RRDtool 1.3.8 has a bug. Don't specify "-M'WITH_RUBY_MODULE=yes'" when you use 1.3.8.

% sudo /usr/local/sbin/portupgrade -NRr -m 'WITH_RUBY_MODULE=true' databases/rrdtool

Configure milter-manager-log-analyzer

milter-manager-log-analyzer analyzes log and generates graphs periodically by cron. There is a cron configuration file at /usr/local/etc/milter-manager/cron.d/freebsd/milter-manager-log. milter-manager-log-analyzer analyzes log each 5 minutes and generates graphs into ~milter-manager/public_html/log/ by using the file.

% sudo -u milter-manager -H crontab /usr/local/etc/milter-manager/cron.d/freebsd/milter-manager-log

We can confirm that milter-manager-log-analyzer is ran each 5 minutes at /var/log/cron.

We complete milter-manager-log-analyzer installation. We will setup an environment to view generated graphs. First, a way that a Web server in the same host will be explained, then a way that using Munin will be explained.

Way 1: View via a Web server at the same host

Install packages

We use Apache as Web server. We will install Apache 2.2 series. (www/apache22)

% sudo /usr/local/sbin/portupgrade -NRr www/apache22

Configure Apache

Apache publishes users' files. We edit /usr/local/etc/apache22/httpd.conf like the following:


# User home directories
#Include etc/apache22/extra/httpd-userdir.conf


# User home directories
Include etc/apache22/extra/httpd-userdir.conf

Then we reload configuration file:

% sudo /usr/local/etc/rc.d/apache22 reload

Now, we can see graphs at http://localhost/milter-manager-log/.

Way 2: View via Munin at other host

Next way is using Munin at other host.

Install packages

We install milter-manager-munin-plugins package that provides statistics data collected by milter-manager-log-analyzer to Munin:

% sudo /usr/local/sbin/portupgrade -NRr munin-node

Configure munin-node

We will install Munin plugins to provide statistics information collected by milter-manager-log-analyzer to Munin. Those plugins are installed into /usr/local/share/munin/plugins/. First, we install them to munin-node's plugins directory:

% sudo ln -s /usr/local/share/milter-manager/munin/plugins/* /usr/local/share/munin/plugins

Next, we put a configuration for those plugins to /usr/local/etc/munin/plugin-conf.d/milter-manager.conf:


  user milter-manager
  env.PATH /bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin
  env.logdir /home/milter-manager/public_html/log
  env.pidfile /var/run/milter-manager/

At the last, we enables only plugins what we need:

% sudo /usr/local/sbin/munin-node-configure --shell | grep -e '\(milter_manager_\|postfix_processes\|sendmail_processes\)' | sudo sh

Plugins installation is completed.

NOTE: We need to use databases created by milter-manager-log-analyzer bundled with milter manager 1.5.0 or later to provide statistics data to Munin. If we have databases that are created by older milter-manager-log-analyzer, we need to remove ~milter-manager/public_html/log/. If we remove the directory, milter-manager-log-analyzer re-creates statistics databases 5 minutes later.

Munin-node should accept accesses from Munin server. If Munin server is, we need to append the following lines to /etc/munin/munin-node.conf:


allow ^192\.168\.1\.254$

We need to restart munin-node to apply our configuration:

% sudo /usr/sbin/service munin-node restart

Configure Munin server

Works in this section at system monitor server. We assume that system monitor server works on FreeBSD.

First, we install munin and Apache:

monitoring-server% sudo /usr/local/sbin/portupgrade -NRr munin-main www/apache22

We add our mail server that works munin-node to munin's monitor target. We assume that mail server has the following configuration:

Host name

IP address

We need to add the following lines to /usr/local/etc/munin/munin.conf to add the mail server:


    use_node_name yes

We export graphs generated by munin:

% sudo ln -s /usr/local/www/munin/ /usr/local/www/apache22/data/

We will be able to view graphs at http://monitoring-server/munin/ 5 minutes later.


We can confirm milter's effect visually by milter-manager-log-analyzer. If we use Postfix as MTA, we can compare with Mailgraph 's graphs to confirm milter's effect. We can use graphs generated by milter-manager-log-analyzer effectively when we are trying out a milter.

[6] If we want to run Munin at the same host, we need a Web server.