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Old 08-10-2009, 07:38 PM   #1
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Emails myself when a process dies


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OKej, now my question. How do I mail myself if a certain process dies on my server? My mail server is with Google Apps.

Old 08-10-2009, 08:45 PM   #2
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Not enough detail. Process on which server? What is it running? What's it's OS? And then your email ISP is Google Apps?

Without enough detail to really know, I might suggest a cron job that runs every few minutes and checks to see if that process is running. If it is not, use a command line email such as mailx to send a mail to your address. Of course, your server needs to be configured so that it can do that.
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The absolute easiest way would be to launch the process wrapped into a shell script, like this one:

<whatever_command> || <command to send mail>
This will send you an email each time a process dies with a non-zero status (which means it terminated with an error of some kind). I guess that's what you mean with "when a process dies". It won't send an email when the process ends without error or when it's killed by either you or init 6 (when halting your machine). But it all comes down to what do you mean by "die".
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Say I have a process called PROCESS1 with a PID of 99999.

When It dies a email is sent to me. I use Google Apps.

Also, I use webmin... any easy ways?
Old 08-11-2009, 04:02 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by prudens View Post
Say I have a process called PROCESS1 with a PID of 99999.

When It dies a email is sent to me. I use Google Apps.

Also, I use webmin... any easy ways?

easy way is what i92guboj quoted above or some sort of shell or perl script that checks every so minutes and if it doesnt find a process that matches a name - then sends an alert.

best way is set up some sort of monitoring system.

nagios, zabbix, open nms, there is a big choice.

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