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program to check to make sure a process is running?
I have a fairly new server up and running which has a RealServer installed on it. It works fine but every couple of weeks, RealServer crashes and I have to manually start it again. Is there a program that will automatically check the process list and let me know if "rmserver" is still running and if it isn't, email me?
Of course this does not solve my RealServer problems but at least I'll know when it crashes right away.
Dang unSpawn...you make it look so easy . Thanks, it's working like a charm .
Now, is there any way to make it so it won't email me every ten minutes while it's down (for example, let's say it goes down at 8 PM and I don't check my email until midnight...I'll have 24 warning messages)? If it's too much trouble, don't worry about it, I doubt the little text messages will fill my 75 MB mail queue .
Last edited by IceNineJon; 08-13-2002 at 03:31 PM.
Well, there's two ways. First you could tweak the crontab entry to a higher check interval, or we could add an interval to the checkscript. Then again that doesn't fix what you *should* fix, and that's rmserver b4rfing up. Ever considered running strace on it?
Below you'll find a stupid example of how you could tweak a limit per day/hour. It'll check the file for the last time it was run, and if the interval has passed it'll fire off a mail.
We need to add another file, /var/run/checkrealserver make it 0640 to the user.
# this is /etc/cron.daily/checkrealserver.cron, chmod 0750
email=<insert address here>
limitc="+%<d|H>" # d=once daily, H=once hourly, mind you, hourly is caps
if [ ! -f /var/run/checkrealserver ]; then echo "We can't do limiting because we miss $limitf" | mail -s "$progname check error" | mail $email; else limit=$(grep $limitf -e "$(date $limitc)")
if [ "$(/sbin/pidof $progname)" = "" ]&&[ ! "$(date $limitc)" = "$limit" ]; then echo "rmserver found down on $(date +%m-%d-%Y)" | mail -s "$progname on $(hostname) down at $(date)" $email; echo $(date $limitc) > $limitf; fi
# Hell, you could even bashexercise and add a multiplier, like once every 4 dys/hrs...
Again, thank you for your help...a few questions about your last post:
1) I'd never heard of strace before so I did a google search for it and found the homepage. The page has kernel patches but they're for 2.2.x and I have 2.4.x...does this mean it's not necessary to patch my kernel or do I still need to but the patches are behind?
2) I'm a little confused what this script does. Does it check to see if rmserver is down...if so, it checks to see how much time has passed since an email was last sent? If so, perfect . If not, can you elaborate on what it does?
3) You said above that we need to add another file...I assume that means to leave the other cronjob in the crontab? If so, how do these scripts relate to one another?
Thanks again for your help!,
Last edited by IceNineJon; 08-15-2002 at 12:08 AM.
I found this thread doing a Google search. For whatever reason, my mail server decides to shut itself down whenever somebody logs out of the system. I don't know why. So I wanted to make a cron entry to restart it if it does that, and I tried following these directions.
I had to make my own pidof program, because apparently OS X doesn't have one, but I did and it works just fine. The problem is, the cronjob doesn't appear to work.
My root crontab looks like so:
*/1 * * * * root /etc/cron.daily/checkmailserver.cron
(I want it to check every 1 minute)
And checkmailserver.cron looks like so:
if [ "$(/sbin/pidof $progname)" = "" ]; then /Applications/4DWebSTAR/StartupItem/4DWebSTAR/4DWebSTAR; fi
It doesn't seem to work; the mail server shuts down and nothing happens -- it is never restarted. Just for the hell of it, I made the checkmailserver.cron file +x and then tried to execute it, and I got a command not found.