InfluxDB is an open-source time series database used by Datasentinel to store collected metrics and manage data retention.

Data is organized into time series, each of which contains a set of data points that are timestamped.

Usually, no management tasks are necessary with the InfluxDB backend database. However, if you require information about InfluxDB, here are some useful tips:

Datasentinel store metrics in the database ds-data with a default retention policy of 14 days (named ds-data)

Data is stored in daily shards, located in the directory /datasentinel/data/influxdb/data.

Additionally, the database employs series files found in the directory /datasentinel/data/influxdb/data/ds-data/_series, which facilitate the mapping of time series data to corresponding shards.

A complete installation embeds an InfluxDB database (Version 1.7.6) but you can use your own Influxdb database on a separate server.

Please contact support@datasentinel.io if you plan to use your own database.

Database Size

Here are some OS commands to check the size of an InfluxDB database.

InfluxDB is configured to manage its data storage and retention by dividing metrics into daily shards. A new directory is created each day.

The database ds-data stores its metrics in the directory /datasentinel/data/influxdb/data/ds-data/.

To see the size used by the retention policies, use the following command:

du -sh /datasentinel/data/influxdb/data/ds-data/*

The subdirectory ds-data corresponds to the default retention policy and holds the stored metrics.

Display the size of each daily shard:

du -sh /datasentinel/data/influxdb/data/ds-data/ds-data/*

Series File

du -sh /datasentinel/data/influxdb/data/ds-data/_series

Show Logs

The default log level for InfluxDB is set to error.

To view every action taken by InfluxDB, you can change the log level to info in the [logging] section of the configuration file located at


This can be helpful in troubleshooting issues but needs restart.

To access the logs, use the following command:

journalctl -xefu datasentinel_influxdb

Useful Commands

InfluxDB is configured to listen on port 8216.

An alias is present on the platform owner account, allowing you to simply type influx to connect.

Some useful commands when analyzing the InfluxDB database.

  • Cardinality

use ds-data
show series cardinality
  • Daily created series by shard

use _internal
select seriesCreate from "shard" where "database"='ds-data' and retentionPolicy='ds-data' group by path order by time desc limit 1
  • Number of points per second being written to the instance.

use ds-data
select derivative(pointReq, 1s) from "write" where time > now() - 10m
  • Modify the Retention Policy (Typically done through the User Interface)

use ds-data
alter retention policy "ds-data" on "ds-data" duration 31d replication 1 shard duration 1d default;
show retention policies

Recreating Indexes

Official documentation: https://docs.influxdata.com/influxdb/v1.7/administration/rebuild-tsi-index/#

sudo systemctl stop datasentinel_influxdb

cd /datasentinel/data/influxdb/
find . -name _series -exec ls -l {} \; -exec rm -fr {} \;
find . -name _series

find . -name index -exec ls -l {} \; -exec rm -fr {} \;
find . -name index

influx_inspect buildtsi -datadir /datasentinel/data/influxdb/data -waldir /datasentinel/data/influxdb/wal

sudo systemctl start datasentinel_influxdb

Recreating the Database

This action completely resets the database used to store metrics

The directory /datasentinel/data/influxdb/data/ds-data is deleted and the storage space freed up.

Connect to influxDB as datasentinel user.

  • Type influx

$ influx
  Connected to http://localhost:8216 version 1.7.6
  InfluxDB shell version: 1.7.6
  Enter an InfluxQL query
  • Drop the database

drop database "ds-data"
show databases
  • Create the database

create database "ds-data"
show databases
  • Create retention policies

create retention policy "ds-data" on "ds-data" duration 14d replication 1 shard duration 1d default;
create retention policy "ar-data" on "ds-data" duration 90d replication 1 shard duration 1d;
use "ds-data"
show retention policies


Show internals metrics

curl http://localhost:8216/metrics
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