Today's discovery: you can use the Prometheus statsd exporter to let stateless shell scripts or other event-based things safely increment & modify Prometheus counters (which you can't via Pushgateway). The statsd exporter will even create quantiles and/or histograms for you from individual measurements that you push in from your events. The statsd protocol is simple ASCII, you can talk to the statsd exporter over TCP, and the extended protocol it uses even directly supports providing labels.

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