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Old 04-11-2012, 06:36 AM   #1
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Angry Perl script runs in terminal but not when called by nagios

We are trying to monitor a VPN using a plug-in called “” downloaded from the nagios exchange. We are encountering difficulties with the script. When we run the script in the terminal it works however it brings up an error with the nagios core meaning that when nagios calls the script there is an error. The error seems to be in this section of the script:

# Create SNMP Session

($session, $error) = Net::SNMP->session(-hostname=>$host,-community=>$community,-port=>161);
#die "session error: $error" unless ($session);
if (! defined $session){
print "session error: $error";

# Walk sonicSAStatPeerGateway for list of active session OIDs

$result = $session->get_table(-baseoid => $sonicSAStatPeerGateway);
#die "request error: ".$session->error unless (defined $result);
if (! defined $result){
print "request error: ".$session->error;

We can run the script in the terminal using the command

nagios@nagios-virtual-machine:~$/usr/local/nagios/libexec/ -C xxxxx -V xxxxx
Which gives the output:

Use of uninitialized value in print at /usr/local/nagios/libexec/ line 59.
index of oids 8
splits 2
data index .439300970
getdata HASH(0x2020d88)
splits 2
data index .636748606
getdata HASH(0x2020680)
splits 2
data index .1197858815
getdata HASH(0x2020bc0)
splits 2
data index .3221980697
getdata HASH(0x2025118)
splits 2
data index .3331040650
getdata HASH(0x201abf8)
splits 2
data index .3381330750
getdata HASH(0x20205f0)
splits 2
data index .3427044043
getdata HASH(0x2020e30)
splits 2
data index .3741549102
getdata HASH(0x201ac70)
namedata HASH(0x2020740)
name !xxxxxxxxxx!
passed VPN Name !xxxxxxxxx!
namedata HASH(0x2020cb0)
name !xxxxxxxxxxx!
passed VPN Name !xxxxxxxxx!
namedata HASH(0x201abf8)
name !Batty!
passed VPN Name !xxxxxxxxxx!

Can anyone help!??
Old 04-11-2012, 12:37 PM   #2
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Runs at command line but doesn't run when...

Any time this occurs the most likely issue is environment. When you login you are invoking things like /etc/profile, /etc/bashrc, /etc/bashprofile, $HOME/.profile, $HOME/.bashrc and/or $HOME/.bash_profile to condition your environment. These things set many environment variables chief among which is $PATH which tells it where to look for executables when you give a short name. (For example if the ls command is in /bin your PATH variable would need to include /bin for you to be able to just type "ls" rather than having to type "/bin/ls" every time.) However there are other important variables as well. When you run Nagios (or cron or any other background process) it isn't logging in so typically does NOT invoke the above files. That means you have to insure the background process knows what environment settings it should have - the best way to do that is to include them in the script.

So if you add a line to the script to output the env to a file and run it from command line then again from Nagios you can find what the environmental differences are between the two runs.


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