Gergely Nagy

Potential Happiness

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Ever since I redid my monitoring setup, two issues were coming up over and over again: I needed a browser to have a reasonable overview of my systems, and I needed ruby to run riemann-dash. Granted, it is easy to query Riemann from the command-line, and I can even put up a screen or tmux session with watch commands running in its many windows, but that's horribly ugly. I wanted a dashboard, one that I can look at, and see trends right away. A few months ago, I came accross blessed-contrib, and knew I could build my dashboard using it. After a few initial tries and failures, today, I have a solution that works for me.

It is with great joy that I announce the existence of potential-happiness, a dashboard for the terminal! It's far from being perfect, or even friendly (you have to edit JSON to set up your dashboard, and the layout engine is dumb as a rock). But after using it for a day, I'm happy enough with its state to talk about it publicly. Use it with care and patience, happiness is only a potential!

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Interesting name for a software project xD

JanKusanagi at 2015-05-27T14:28:03Z

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The name was suggested by GitHub, about 7-8 months ago, for a throw-away repo. But I liked it, and decided that the next little tool I make that at least one more person finds useful, I'll use the name. And so this became potential happiness.

(Of course, there's another narrative that tries to blame the name on monitoring and healthy systems making ops happy, but that's not the real reason.)

Gergely Nagy at 2015-05-28T06:24:22Z