The telemetry client will look for the configuration file located at /etc/telemetrics/telemetrics.conf and use it if it exists. If the file does not exist, the client will use the default configuration located at /usr/share/defaults/telemetrics/telemetrics.conf. To modify or customize the configuration, copy the file from /usr/share/defaults/telemetrics to /etc/telemetrics and edit it.

Configuration Options

The client uses the following configuration options from the config file:

  • server: This specifies the web server to which telempostd sends the telemetry records.

  • socket_path: This specifies the path of the unix domain socket that the telemprobd listens on for connections from the probes.

  • spool_dir: This configuration option is related to spooling. If the daemon is not able to send the telemetry records to the backend server due to reasons such as the network availability, then it stores the records in a spool directory. This option specifies that path of the spool directory. This directory should be owned by the same user as the daemon.

    • mkdir -p /var/spool/telemetry
    • chown -R telemetry:telemetry /var/spool/telemetry
    • systemctl restart telemprobd.service
  • record_expiry: This is the time in minutes after which the records in the spool directory are deleted by the daemon.

  • spool_process_time: This specifies the time interval in seconds that the daemon waits for before checking the spool directory for records. The daemon picks up the records in the order of modification date and tries to send the record to the server. It sends a maximum of 10 records at a time. If it was able to send a record successfully, it deletes the record from the spool. If the daemon finds a record older than the “record_expiry” time, then it deletes that record. The daemon looks at a maximum of 20 records in a single spool run loop.

  • rate_limit_enabled: This determines whether rate-limiting is enabled or disabled. When enabled, there is a threshold on both records sent within a window of time, and record bytes sent within a window a time.

  • record_burst_limit: This is the maximum amount of records allowed to be passed by the daemon within the record_window_length of time. If set to -1, the rate-limiting for record bursts is disabled.

  • record_window_length: The time in minutes (0-59) that establishes the window length for the record_burst_limit. EX: if record_burst_window=1000 and record_window_length=15, then no more than 1000 records can be passed within any given fifteen minute window.

  • byte_burst_limit: This is the maximum amount of bytes that can be passed by the daemon within the byte_window_length of time. If set to -1, the rate-limiting for byte bursts is disabled.

  • byte_window_length: This is the time, in minutes (0-59), that establishes the window length for the byte_burst_limit.

  • rate_limit_strategy: This is the strategy chosen once the rate-limiting threshold has been reached. Currently the options are ‘drop’ or ‘spool’, with spool being the default. If spool is chosen, records will be spooled and sent at a later time.

  • record_retention_enabled: When this key is enabled (true) the daemon saves a copy of the payload on disk from all valid records. To avoid the excessive use of disk space only the latest 100 records are kept. The default value for this configuration key is false.

  • record_server_delivery_enabled: This key controls the delivery of records to server; when enabled (default value), the record will be posted to the address in the configuration file. If this configuration key is disabled (false), records will not be spooled or posted to backend. This configuration key can be used in combination with record_retention_enabled to keep copies of telemetry records locally only.


    Configuration options may change as the telemetry client evolves. Please use the comments in the file itself as the most accurate reference for configuration.

Setting a static machine id

The machine id reported by the telemetry client is rotated every 3 days for privacy reasons. If you wish to have a static machine id for testing purposes, you can opt in by creating a static machine id file named “opt-in-static-machine-id” under the directory /etc/telemetrics/. Where “unique machine ID” is your desired static machine ID.

sudo mkdir -p /etc/telemetrics
sudo echo "unique machine ID" > /etc/telemetrics/opt-in-static-machine-id


The machine id mentioned here is not the same as the system hostname. Learn how to Modify hostname on Clear Linux* OS:

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