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Old 12-12-2008, 12:16 AM   #1
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NetSnmp exec script return data type

Hello All.

I have question about snmpd exec command.
When executing script from snmpd the returned data is with string type, for example:

This is my config line:
exec . test /bin/bash /home/sam/

this is my output:
UCD-SNMP-MIB::ucdavis.99.1.1 = INTEGER: 1
UCD-SNMP-MIB::ucdavis.99.2.1 = STRING: "test"
UCD-SNMP-MIB::ucdavis.99.3.1 = STRING: "/bin/bash /home/sam/"
UCD-SNMP-MIB::ucdavis.99.100.1 = INTEGER: 0
UCD-SNMP-MIB::ucdavis.99.101.1 = STRING: "100"
UCD-SNMP-MIB::ucdavis.99.102.1 = INTEGER: 0
UCD-SNMP-MIB::ucdavis.99.103.1 = ""

my script is "echo 100"

A question is how to get this value with integer data type or how can i return this data from bash as integer.

For example command "exit 3" from bash return integer 3.
But exit codes is restricted, i can use exit code great then 160 .

Old 01-24-2009, 12:08 PM   #2
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I have been trying to setup the net-snmp to run a script remotely the same way you have explained, but when configure as you mentioned I cannot get the expected output with snmpwalk.

This is my config line:
exec . test /bin/bash /home/sam/

End of MIB

I wonder whether you can help me with this.

Old 01-24-2009, 10:54 PM   #3
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Hello cdivitotawela.

Please show your file and the walk command.
Old 01-25-2009, 12:02 PM   #4
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Hi Hemull,

I have used the example provided in the snmp.conf file itself but the problem same.

1. Entered following line in the /etc/snmp/snmp.conf file
exec . shelltest /bin/bash /tmp/shtest

2. Created the script /tmp/shtest containing following
echo hello world
echo hi there
exit 35

3. Ran following command
/usr/bin/snmpwalk -v 1 localhost -c public .

4. Output as follows
> /usr/bin/snmpwalk -v 1 localhost -c public .
End of MIB

I tried this about 2 years back(older version of net-snmp) and it did work but now with new version and Fedora 7 this doesn't seems to work anymore. I am not sure whether I have missed configuring anything or some additional changes I need to perform in order to make this work. If you can help me with this it will be a great help.

Thank you.

Old 01-25-2009, 10:47 PM   #5
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Hello cdivitotawela.

Firstable you should to view if this script /tmp/shtest is running when you perform snmp query.
Just insert this line echo "123" >> /tmp/test.log, if file test.log is created so script is running.

Try to use v2 snmp.

Or you can try to use next construction:

pass . /bin/sh /tmp/

2) Check execute permissions of shtest script.
Old 02-01-2009, 10:12 AM   #6
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Thanks hemulll,

Used the pass also but no result. Script execution rights are 755 so I don't think there is a problem in rights either. In the script I entered a echo to a file and it seem the script is not executed at all. I am really lost here and could not find anyone has got same issue. May be a silly mistake. Need to look for the root cause more.

If you can think of any reasons let me know. Thanks a lot your help in this.

Old 06-18-2009, 04:26 PM   #7
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Cannot execute scripts from snmpd.conf file either


I am having the same problem as cdivitotawela. I will attach my conf file. I have two basic scripts I would like to run for proof of concept. One is the simple echotest, and the other is just a testing script to be built on in the future.

rwcommunity public
syslocation "Intern Cube"
syscontact sam@localhost

#exec echotest /bin/echo hello world
exec testing /bin/sh /tmp/test

#these next three lines were just testing to see if the entire extensions 
#was broken, or if it was just the exec command

proc snmpd
proc apache2

disk / 100000
According to the man page the oid preceding it is not necessary, but I've tried it in snmp 1 and 2 and cannot get this to work. Please let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks in advanced,

Old 11-28-2011, 06:51 AM   #8
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Exec only returns string

Hi All,

I have same issue. I wrote sh script and returns number like "4"

I want to get this information via OID in integer type but it returns STRING.

[root@CFSFTZLAL01 ~]# snmpwalk -v 2c -c BooS3wee2ree0zei4kiW localhost SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.637.334
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.637.334.1.1 = INTEGER: 1
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.637.334.2.1 = STRING: "perl"
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.637.334.3.1 = STRING: "/scripts/"
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.637.334.100.1 = INTEGER: 0
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.637.334.101.1 = STRING: "60"
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.637.334.102.1 = INTEGER: 0
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.637.334.103.1 = ""
[root@CFSFTZLAL01 ~]# cat "/scripts/"
$int2 = int(60.13);
print "$int2\n";
[root@CFSFTZLAL01 ~]#

Can you please help me on this issue? How can I get the value as INTEGER type?
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