Pre-requisites

As an alternative to cURL, HTTPie is a tool you can use to interact with a JSON API, like datagrepper. All examples in this guide use HTTPie. Use this command to install it on Fedora:

sudo dnf install httpie

Requesting all messages in the last 2 days

datagrepper takes time arguments in seconds. So, we need to convert two days to 172,800 seconds first. Then, we can use HTTPie to get the JSON payload:

http get http://datagrepper-monitor-dashboard.app.os.fedoraproject.org/raw delta==172800

Paging results

The previous example is a large JSON response that's too big to read through. Limit the number of results to make it more digestable:

http get http://datagrepper-monitor-dashboard.app.os.fedoraproject.org/raw delta==172800 rows_per_page==1
{
    "arguments": {
        "delta": 1728000.0,
        "end": 1366221938.0,
        "page": 1,
        "rows_per_page": 1,
        "order": "desc",
        "start": 1364493938.0,
        "topics": [],
        "categories": [],
        "users": []
        "packages": [],
        "not_topics": [],
        "not_categories": [],
        "not_users": []
        "not_packages": [],
    },
    "count": 1,
    "pages": 2052,
    "raw_messages": [
        ...
    ],
    "total": 2052
}

In this example, raw_messages was omitted for readability.

Notice a few things.

  1. ``arguments`` dict: Describes all parameters datagrepper uses to execute query
  2. Timestamps: start and end included (derived from your delta)
  3. Pagination: rows_per_page shows the rows per page, its sibling value page is pointer to "page" of data you are on

Use this command to get to the next page:

http get http://datagrepper-monitor-dashboard.app.os.fedoraproject.org/raw \
   delta==172800 \
   rows_per_page==1 \
   page==2
{
    "arguments": {
        "delta": 1728000.0,
        "end": 1366221938.0,
        "page": 2,
        "rows_per_page": 1,
        "order": "desc",
        "start": 1364493938.0,
        "topics": [],
        "categories": [],
        "users": []
        "packages": [],
        "not_topics": [],
        "not_categories": [],
        "not_users": []
        "not_packages": [],
    },
    "count": 1,
    "pages": 2052,
    "raw_messages": [
        ...
    ],
    "total": 2052
}

The number of rows are retrieved from newest to oldest ("descending"). The order argument lets you specify that. The default is desc, but you can set it to asc for ascending order (i.e. oldest to newest).

Only Bodhi messages (OR wiki)

There is a list of topics that come across Fedora's messaging bus (fedmsg). Specify a category to limit your message to one kind of topic:

http get http://datagrepper-monitor-dashboard.app.os.fedoraproject.org/raw \
   delta==172800 \
   category==bodhi

Here, category is singular but comes back in the arguments dict as categories (plural)! You can specify multiple categories and messages that match either category will return. They are OR'd together:

http get http://datagrepper-monitor-dashboard.app.os.fedoraproject.org/raw \
   delta==172800 \
   category==bodhi \
   category==wiki

Messages for specific users and packages

Search for events relating to multiple users with this query:

http get http://datagrepper-monitor-dashboard.app.os.fedoraproject.org/raw \
   delta==172800 \
   user==toshio \
   user==pingou

Same for packages:

http get http://datagrepper-monitor-dashboard.app.os.fedoraproject.org/raw \
   delta==172800 \
   package==nethack

Excluding data

For each positive filter, there is a corresponding negative filter. If you want to query all messages except for Koji messages, use this query:

http get http://datagrepper-monitor-dashboard.app.os.fedoraproject.org/raw \
   delta==172800 \
   not_category==buildsys

Positive and negative filters are combinable. This query returns all messages except for user toshio's Ask Fedora activity:

http get http://datagrepper-monitor-dashboard.app.os.fedoraproject.org/raw \
   delta==172800 \
   user==toshio \
   not_category==askbot

Putting it all together (CNF)

Multiple category, user, and package filters are merged together in a way that looks like Conjunctive Normal Form (CNF).

The following query returns all messages from the past two days where (category==bodhi OR category==wiki) AND (user==toshio OR user==pingou):

http get http://datagrepper-monitor-dashboard.app.os.fedoraproject.org/raw \
   delta==172800 \
   category==bodhi \
   category==wiki \
   user==toshio \
   user==pingou

Topics list

If you don't know what topics are available for you to query, check the list of topics in the documentation.

Get help

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