cloud kafka puppet python

Automatic increase of Kafka LVM on GCP

I wrote an article for my company that was published on Medium regarding the topic in the subject. Please see the link


cloud python

Using GCP recommender API for Compute engine

Let’s keep it short. If you want to use Python libraries for Recommender API, this is how you connect to your project.

from import RecommenderClient
from google.oauth2 import service_account
def main():
    credential = service_account.Credentials.from_service_account_file('account.json')
    project = "internal-project"
    location = "europe-west1-b"
    recommender = 'google.compute.instance.MachineTypeRecommender'
    client = RecommenderClient(credentials=credential)
    name = client.recommender_path(project, location, recommender)
    elements = client.list_recommendations(name,page_size=4)
    for i in elements:


credential = RecommenderClient.from_service_account_file(‘account.json’) will not return any error, just hang.

That’s all folks!

cloud python

ELK query using Python with time range

Short post. Sharing how you make an ELK query from Python using also timestamp:


query_body_mem = {
    "query": {
        "bool" : {
            "must" : [
                        "query_string" : {
                        "query": "metricset.module:system AND tags:test AND[hostname]"
                         "range" : {
                            "@timestamp" : {
                                "gte" : "now-2d",
                                "lt" :  "now"
}"metricbeat-*", body=query_body_mem, size=500)
df_mem = json_normalize(res_mem['hits']['hits'])

And that’s all!


cloud newtools python

Multiple field query in ELK from Python


There are a lot of pages on how to query ELK stack from Python client library, however, it’s still hard to grab a useful pattern.

What I wanted is to translate some simple query in Kibana like AND beat.hostname:*test AND tags:test into a useful Query DSL JSON.

It’s worth mentioning that the Python library uses this DSL. Once you have this info, things get much simpler.

Well, if you search hard enough, you will find a solution, and it should look like.

another_query_body = {
    "query": {
        "query_string" : {
            "query": "(master) AND (*test) AND (test)",
            "fields": ["", "beat.hostname" , "tags"]

As you probably guessed, each field maps to a query entry.


machine learning python

My introduction to Linear Regression, so far


Here are some first steps that I want to share with you from my experience with regressions.

I am new and I took it to step by step, so don’t expect anything new or either very complex.

First thing, first, we started working on some prediction “algorithms” that should work with data available in the operations domain.

We needed to have them stored in a centralized location, and it happens that they are sent to ELK. So, the first step is to query then from that location.

To do that, there is a python client library with a lot of options that I am still beginning to explore. Cutting to the point, to have a regression you need a correlation parameter between the dependent and independent variable, so we thought at first about links between the number of connection and memory usage of a specific service (for example Redis). And this is available with some simple lines of code in Jupyter:

from elasticsearch import Elasticsearch
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from import json_normalize
es=Elasticsearch([{'host':'ELK_IP','port':'ELK_PORT'}])"metricbeat-redis-*", body={"query": {"match": {'': "info" }}}, size=1000)
df_redis = json_normalize(res_redis['hits']['hits'])
df_redis_filtered = df_redis[['','']]
df_redis_filtered[''] = df_redis_filtered[''] / 10**6
df_redis_final = df_redis_filtered[df_redis_filtered[''] < 300]

For a little bit of explaining, the used memory needs to be divided to ten to the sixth power in order to transform from bytes to MBytes, and also I wanted to exclude values of memory over 300MB. All good, unfortunately, if you plot the correlation “matrix” between these params, this happens:

As far as we all should know, a correlation parameter should be as close as possible to 1 or -1, but it’s just not the case.

And if you want to start plotting, it will look something like:

So, back to the drawing board, and we now know that we have no clue which columns are correlated. Let us not filter the columns and just remove those that are non-numeric or completely filled with zeros.

I used this to manipulate the data as simple as possible:

df_redis_numeric = df_redis.select_dtypes(['number'])
df_redis_cleaned = df_redis_numeric.loc[:, '': '' ]
df_redis_final = df_redis_cleaned.loc[:, (df_redis_cleaned != 0).any(axis=0)]

And it will bring you a very large matrix with a lot of rows and columns. From that matrix, you can choose two data types that are more strongly correlated. In my example [‘’,’’]

If we plot the correlation matrix just for those two colums we are much better than at the start.

So we are better than before, and we can now start thinking of plotting a regression, and here is the code for that.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
from sklearn import datasets, linear_model
import pandas as pd

x = df_redis_cpu['']
y = df_redis_cpu['']

x = x.values.reshape(-1, 1)
y = y.values.reshape(-1, 1)

x_train = x[:-250]
x_test = x[-250:]

y_train = y[:-250]
y_test = y[-250:]

# Create linear regression object
regr = linear_model.LinearRegression()

# Train the model using the training sets, y_train)

# Plot outputs
plt.plot(x_test, regr.predict(x_test), color='red',linewidth=3)
plt.scatter(x_test, y_test,  color='black')
plt.title('Test Data')

Our DataFrame contains 1000 records from which I used 750 to “train” and another 250 to “test”. The output looked this way

It looks more like a regression, however, what concerns me is the mean square error which is a little bit high.

So we will need to works further on the DataFrame 🙂

In order for the linear model to be applied with scikit, the input and output data are transformed into single dimension vectors. If you want to switch back and for example to create a DataFrame from the output of the regression and the actual samples from ELK, it can be done this way:

data = np.append(np.array(y_test), np.array(y_pred), axis = 1)
dataset = pd.DataFrame({'test': data[:, 0], 'pred': data[:, 1]})
dataset['pred'] = dataset['pred'].map(lambda x: '%.2f' % x)

That is all.


kafka python

Kafka_consumer.yaml (python style) and more


As a followup to the article i posted earlier ( ) , you can use that info to put in into kafka_consumer.yaml for Datadog integration.

It’s not elegant by any means, but it works. As an advise, please don’t over complicate thinks more than they need.

In the last example i figured i wanted to create a list of GroupInfo objects for each line that was returned from consumer group script. Bad idea as you shall see below

So, in addition to what i wrote in the last article, now it’s not just printing the dictionary but order it, by partition.

def constructgroupdict():
 groupagregate = {}
 group_list = getgroups()
 for group in group_list:
    groupagregate[group] = getgroupinfo(group)
 for v in groupagregate.values():
    v.sort(key = lambda re: int(re.partition))
 return groupagregate

def printgroupdict():
 groupdict = constructgroupdict()
 infile = open('/etc/datadog-agent/conf.d/kafka_consumer.d/kafka_consumer.yaml.template','a')
 for k,v in groupdict.items():
    infile.write('      '+k+':\n')
    topics = []
    testdict = {}
    for re in v:
        if re.topic not in topics:
    for x in topics:
        partitions = []
        for re in v:
           if (re.topic == x):
        testdict[x] = partitions
    for gr,partlst in testdict.items():
        infile.write('        '+gr+': ['+', '.join(partlst)+']\n')

And after that, it’s quite hard to get only the unique value for the topic name.

The logic i chose to grab all the data per consumer group is related to the fact that querying the cluster takes a very long time, so if i wanted to grab another set of data filtered by topic, i would have been very time costly.

In the way that is written now, there are a lot of for loop, that should become challenging in care there are too many records to process. Fortunately, this should not be the case for consumer groups in a normal case.

The easiest way to integrate the info in kafka_consumer.yaml, in our case is to create a template called kafka_consumer.yaml.template

  # Customize the ZooKeeper connection timeout here
  # zk_timeout: 5
  # Customize the Kafka connection timeout here
  # kafka_timeout: 5
  # Customize max number of retries per failed query to Kafka
  # kafka_retries: 3
  # Customize the number of seconds that must elapse between running this check.
  # When checking Kafka offsets stored in Zookeeper, a single run of this check
  # must stat zookeeper more than the number of consumers * topic_partitions
  # that you're monitoring. If that number is greater than 100, it's recommended
  # to increase this value to avoid hitting zookeeper too hard.
  # min_collection_interval: 600
  # Please note that to avoid blindly collecting offsets and lag for an
  # unbounded number of partitions (as could be the case after introducing
  # the self discovery of consumer groups, topics and partitions) the check
  # will collect at metrics for at most 200 partitions.

  # In a production environment, it's often useful to specify multiple
  # Kafka / Zookeper nodes for a single check instance. This way you
  # only generate a single check process, but if one host goes down,
  # KafkaClient / KazooClient will try contacting the next host.
  # Details:
  # If you wish to only collect consumer offsets from kafka, because
  # you're using the new style consumers, you can comment out all
  # zk_* configuration elements below.
  # Please note that unlisted consumer groups are not supported at
  # the moment when zookeeper consumer offset collection is disabled.
  - kafka_connect_str:
      - localhost:9092
      - localhost:2181
    # zk_iteration_ival: 1  # how many seconds between ZK consumer offset
                            # collections. If kafka consumer offsets disabled
                            # this has no effect.
    # zk_prefix: /0.8

    # SSL Configuration

    # ssl_cafile: /path/to/pem/file
    # security_protocol: PLAINTEXT
    # ssl_check_hostname: True
    # ssl_certfile: /path/to/pem/file
    # ssl_keyfile: /path/to/key/file
    # ssl_password: password1

    # kafka_consumer_offsets: false

It’s true that i keep only one string for connectivity on Kafka and Zookeeper, and that things are a little bit more complicated once SSL is configured (but this is not our case, yet).

  - kafka_connect_str:
      - localhost:9092
      - localhost:2181

And append the info at the bottom of it after which it is renamed. Who is putting that template back? Easy, that would be puppet.

It works, it has been tested. One last thing that i wanted to warn you about.

There is a limit of metrics that can be uploaded per machine, and that is 350. Please be aware and think very serious if you want to activate it.

Than would be all for today.


kafka python

Get the info you need from consumer group (python style)


For some of you might be of help. If it’s rubbish, i truly apologize, please leave a comment with improvements 🙂

import subprocess
import socket

fqdn = socket.getfqdn()

class GroupInfo:
 def __init__(self, line):
     self.topic = line[0]
     self.partition = line[1]
     self.current_offset = line[2]
     self.logend_offset = line[3]
     self.lag = line[4]
     self.consumer_id = line[5] = line[6]
     self.client_id = line[7]
 def __str__(self):
    return self.topic+" "+self.partition+" "+self.current_offset+" "+self.logend_offset+" "+self.lag+" "+self.consumer_id

def getgroups():

 cmd = ['/opt/kafka/bin/ --bootstrap-server '+fqdn+':9092 --list']
 result = subprocess.check_output(cmd, shell=True).splitlines()
 group_list = []
 for r in result:
       rstr = r.decode('utf-8')
       print('Result can not be converted to utf-8')

 return group_list

def getgroupinfo(groupid):
 cmd = ('/opt/kafka/bin/ --bootstrap-server '+fqdn+':9092 --group '+groupid+' --describe')
 process = subprocess.Popen(cmd, stdout=subprocess.PIPE, shell=True)
 result = subprocess.check_output(('grep -v TOPIC'),stdin = process.stdout, shell=True).splitlines()
 group_info_list = []
 for r in result:
       rstr = r.decode('utf-8')
       print('Result can not be converted to utf-8')
     if len(rstr.split()) == 0:
        group_info = GroupInfo(rstr.split())
 return group_info_list

def main():
 groupagregate = {}
 group_list = getgroups()
 for group in group_list:
    groupagregate[group] = getgroupinfo(group)
 for k, v in groupagregate.items():
    for re in v:


I will not explain it. It should be self explanatory.


kafka python

Kafka consumer group info retrieval using Python


I’ve been playing with kafka-python module to grab the info i need in order to reconfigure Datadog integration.

Unfortunately, there is a catch also on this method. And i will show you below.

Here is a little bit of not so elegant code.

from kafka import BrokerConnection
from kafka.protocol.admin import *
import socket

fqdn = socket.getfqdn()
bc = BrokerConnection(fqdn,9092,socket.AF_INET)
except Exception as e:
if bc.connected():
   print("Connection to", fqdn, " established")

def getgroup():
 list_groups_request = ListGroupsRequest_v1()

 future0 = bc.send(list_groups_request)
 while not future0.is_done:
     for resp, f in bc.recv():
 group_ids = ()
 for group in future0.value.groups:
     group_ids += (group[0],)

 description = DescribeGroupsRequest_v1(group_ids)
 future1 = bc.send(description)
 while not future1.is_done:
    for resp, f in bc.recv():

 for groupid in future1.value.groups:
     print('For group ',groupid[1],':\n')
     for meta in groupid[5]:
 if future1.is_done:
    print("Group query is done")


As you will see, print(meta[3]) will return a very ugly binary data with topic names in it, that is not converted if you try with meta[3].decode(‘utf-8’)

I hope i can find a way to decrypt it.



Python for opening and reading files

Since I started learning Python and hopefully take also a certification, I am trying to do some hands-on.

Nothing too complicated, just some basic exercises, for the moment. Here is one of them.

They want to though you to open the and file and read from it like:

from sys import argv

script, filename = argv
txt = open(filename)
print(f"Here is your file: {filename}")

But there is a thing not to be ignored, and that is exception handling.

from sys import argv

    script, filename = argv
    txt = open(filename)
    print(f"Here is your file: {filename}")
except ValueError as e:
    if "not enough" in e.__str__():
        print("not enough arguments given")
        print("too many arguments given")
except FileNotFoundError:
    print("file given, not found")

And since you can’t really discern between ValueError messages, or at least I don’t know how to do that more elegant, yet, we have a workaround.

There is also a FileNotFoundError which shouldn’t be left unchecked, and if I missed something, leave a comment.

P.S: I know there is also the possibility for the file not to have reading permissions. That demonstrates that for three lines of code you need to threat even more exceptional cases.