what to do when monitoring not sending alerts to cpu stress test?

May 4, 2017 1.3k views
Monitoring Ubuntu 16.04

I read through the monitoring tutorial and set up a CPU alert of “above 70%” and 5 minute trigger. I started the stress app and watched with glances to see that the CPU was running at 98%-100%. The alert was not sent via email and the control panel still shows “never” for the CPU alert.

What else do I need to do to make this work?

1 Answer


I setup a 2GB / 2 CPU Core Droplet in NY 3, then created a CPU Load alert for usage over 5% for 5 minutes for this test. It didn’t work as I had expected, so this may be something you might want to create a ticket on.

For this test, I used stress which was installed using apt -y install stress and first ran using:

stress --cpu 1

The load shot up to 1.0 and I allowed it to run for 7 minutes – the load increased slightly between the 5 and 7 minute mark – I never received an alert, even though 1.0 is definitely more than 5%.

Since this is a multi-core Droplet, I upped the CPU count for stress and used:

stress --cpu 2

That seems to have worked as the load shot up well past 1.0 and not long after, an alert was send out stating that I was using ~70% of my available CPU.

So when it comes to CPU usage, cores seem to matter in the stress test. The alerts do not seem to fire off if you’re only using 1 CPU core out of multiple, thus you’d have to effectively be using a threaded test or application to trigger the alerts.

I’m not sure if this is by design as this is the first time I’ve used the alerts, but I would recommend putting a ticket in to see if this is the norm.

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