[CentOS] Recommendation On Ping And Alert Tool

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Thu Sep 22 19:03:01 UTC 2005

On Thu, 2005-09-22 at 12:54, Kennedy Clark wrote:
> A bit off topic, but I keep looking for an answer to this question and
> coming up with nothing... so I thought I would go to the gurus. :-)
> Can anyone recommend a good package for pinging other devices and
> sending an email/alert when they go down?  I'm aware of all kinds of
> more complex things with GUIs and a zillion other bells and whistles
> we aren't looking for, but we just want a simple tool (could be daemon
> or something run from cron) that runs every 1 - 5 minutes and alerts
> us when stuff disappears.  Would need some basic logic like only
> sending one email/alert when something goes down (vs sending an email
> every 1-5 minutes until it comes back up). :-)  We need to avoid a
> requirement for an X-windows GUI, but a web-GUI would probably be fine
> (a GUI-less command-line thing would probably be best).

This probably isn't the best anymore, but I've had it running with
no particular problems for 5 or 6 years - before any of the others
like it were available.  It is all-perl, has one server process to
collate the responses and rate-limit the alarms, one network probe
for all the remotely checks, and optional local clients for some
things that can only be tested locally. It is fairly easy to add
custom tests for local applications.

  Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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