Error monitoring

When you run a FlexMeasures server, you want to stay on top of things going wrong. We added two ways of doing that:

  • You can connect to Sentry, so that all errors will be sent to your Sentry account. Add the token you got from Sentry in the config setting SENTRY_SDN and you’re up and running!

  • Another source of crucial errors are things that did not even happen! For instance, a task to import prices from a day-ahead market, which you depend on later for scheduling. We added a new CLI task called flexmeasures monitor tasks, so you can be alerted when tasks have not successfully run at least so-and-so many minutes ago. The alerts will also come in via Sentry, but you can also send them to email addresses with the config setting FLEXMEASURES_MONITORING_MAIL_RECIPIENTS.

For illustration of the latter monitoring, here is one example of how we monitor tasks on a server ― the below is run in a cron script every hour and checks if every listed task ran 60, 6 or 1440 minutes ago, respectively:

flexmeasures monitor tasks --task get_weather_forecasts 60 --task get_recent_meter_data 6  --task import_epex_prices 1440

The first task (get_weather_forecasts) is actually supported within FlexMeasures, while the other two sit in plugins we wrote.

This task status monitoring is enabled by decorating the functions behind these tasks with:


Then, FlexMeasures will log if this task ran, and if it succeeded or failed.